10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1983, Slayer was still a fledging underground group based out of Tom Araya’s parents’ garage in the South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles. Araya and his bandmates — guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and drummer Dave Lombardo — had started out playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers at local parties, but after hearing Metallica they set about creating a sound that was darker and more ferocious than anything that had come before. Financed by Araya (who worked as a respiratory therapist), Show No Mercy shows traces of British Heavy Metal, particularly in the dueling guitars of “Face the Slayer” and the galloping rhythm of “Crionics.” However, most of the album reaches new levels of muscle and rage. “Evil Has No Boundaries,” “The Antichrist” and “Black Magic” pair blistering riffs with satanic proclamations. The guitar solos are searing and deranged — surges of totally untamed electrocution. Though it sounds tame in comparison to Slayer’s subsequent work, Show No Mercy will always be an incendiary statement.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1983, Slayer was still a fledging underground group based out of Tom Araya’s parents’ garage in the South Gate neighborhood of Los Angeles. Araya and his bandmates — guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and drummer Dave Lombardo — had started out playing Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers at local parties, but after hearing Metallica they set about creating a sound that was darker and more ferocious than anything that had come before. Financed by Araya (who worked as a respiratory therapist), Show No Mercy shows traces of British Heavy Metal, particularly in the dueling guitars of “Face the Slayer” and the galloping rhythm of “Crionics.” However, most of the album reaches new levels of muscle and rage. “Evil Has No Boundaries,” “The Antichrist” and “Black Magic” pair blistering riffs with satanic proclamations. The guitar solos are searing and deranged — surges of totally untamed electrocution. Though it sounds tame in comparison to Slayer’s subsequent work, Show No Mercy will always be an incendiary statement.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
397 Ratings
397 Ratings
Miracle rose Williams ,

Pulverizes Metallica!!!

Slayers pivotal, classic debut was so sonically ahead of its time. Faster, heavier and certainly no less intricate than metallica, they went to crap -post Dave Mustaine, who penned half of Kill em all and formed the also superior band, Megadeth. The ULTIMATE introduction to Slayer and then happy trails through their whole riveting blood soaked discography.

IamAbossssssss ,

Amazing

The most underrated metal album of all time. Its like Iron Maiden with a Slayer twist. Its brilliant. Also, just saying, I don't know why this album isn't listed as explicit but Reign in Blood is, which I don't think has one curse word in it.

RatherBeSurfing82 ,

Best Slayer Album

Slayer's debut is definitely their best. 9/10 would buy again

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