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Hell Awaits is a huge leap forward from Slayer’s debut album, Show No Mercy. It's fully immersed in the band’s signature style of hellish thrash. The opening song begins as a descent into Hades: deranged guitar fades in as the listener is greeted with a backwards recording of a demonic voice repeating the phrase “join us.” Like a locomotive picking up steam, “Hell Awaits” starts out as a steady punching riff before exploding into a torrent of bliztkrieg guitar. Brian Slagel’s production style is deeper and sludgier than Show No Mercy. “At Dawn They Sleep” and “Praise of Death” shift between chugging rhythms and breakneck assaults, while the punishing “Crypts of Eternity” culminates in a torrent of guitar and a blood-curdling scream from Tom Araya. The album goes out as it came in. “Hardening of the Arteries” fades out on the tribal pounding of Dave Lombardo’s drums, as the guitar writhes and claws like a body submerged in lava. For a moment it feels like the listener is being pulled back from a scene of carnage — or else being completed overtaken by the band’s violent onslaught.

Customer Reviews

The hellish band does it again, i give 4 1/2

Following their debut, show no mercy, Slayer takes it up a notch by adding more distortion, longer songs, and faster drumming. Before reign in blood(the next album), this reigned over all metal albums. The songs hell awaits and at dawn they sleep made Slayer very very popular back then and today. I recommend getting this album

sU nioJ, sU nioJ, sU nioJ, WELCOME BACK

I actually like this better than Reign in Blood. Reign is a better thrash album, but Hell Awaits just sounds more evil. From the backwards chanting and pick slides at the beginning of the title track to the Hell Awaits sounding riff at the end of Hardening of the Arteries, this sounds like a pretty good description of Hell. If Tom Araya's demented screams, and Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman's distorted guitars don't pound your ears to death, then Dave Lombardo's double bass drumming will. He can get pretty f*cking crazy on some of the songs. The whole album is great and like I said, it sounds evil. P.S. The guy who said Slayer are a bunch of child m******rs is a F*CKING IDIOT. If you think Slayer and their fans are stupid, then don't waste review space talking about it. Also if your uncomfortable with satanic lyrics then what the hell are you doing in the Slayer section.

Good God

this album will send you right to Hell


Formed: 1982 in Huntington Park, CA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealt with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops painted an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits...
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