Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
World Painted Blood
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Slayer is the premier thrash metal band on the planet. Since 1983 the band has defined a genre and thrived where many have come and gone. Consistently releasing acclaimed albums and delivering brutal live shows, Slayer is ... more »
Slayer is the premier thrash metal band on the planet. Since 1983 the band has defined a genre and thrived where many have come and gone. Consistently releasing acclaimed albums and delivering brutal live shows, Slayer is a revered and respected fixture in the hard rock/metal landscape now and forever. World Painted Blood is the most vital and exciting metal release in recent memory. Produced by Greg Fidelman and Executive Produced by Rick Rubin (the same team responsible for Metallica's Death Magnetic) the songs are intense and performed at a level only reachable by the masters of their craft. From epic statements like the title track and "Hate Worldwide," to the fast, punk/thrash outbursts of "Snuff" and "Psychopathy Red," to the dark theater of "Beauty Through Order" and "Human Strain" there is nothing backward-looking about World Painted Blood; it's the sound of a band effortlessly earning their relevance in 2010.
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Another solid effort by the thrash legends
S. Queen | Niles, MI | 11/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for a Slayer album that rivals all-time classics like Reign in Blood or Seasons in the Abyss, this ain't it. At the same time, let's be realistic. This is Slayer 20+ years later. All in all, I think this is a rather good effort.
*The songs are pretty good. Some are better than others, but I'm not compelled to skip any tracks. From start to finish, this is a solid, consistent recording.
*It sounds more like pure, classic Slayer than Christ Illusion (though I enjoyed Christ Illusion too, BTW). If you didn't like Christ Illusion, you'll like this better but don't expect to be blown away.
*It's Slayer. It sounds like Slayer. It's good.
*The production is a mixed bag. Tom's vocals sound good. Dave's drums are heavy. The rhythm guitars sound terrible. They're thin and weak. Producer Greg Fidelman needs to find a new career. He's worthless.
*The riffs, while generally good, aren't particularly complex. On a technical level, everything can be played with one guitar. I wonder if this is a product of Jeff and Kerry writing songs separately these days. Neither seem to write song with dual-riffing in mind anymore.
*Even when Jeff and Kerry play the same riff simultaneously, it still sounds like one guitar due to the weak production. Did I mention that Greg Fidelman's worthless?
Overall, this is a good album by Slayer circa 2009. Any Slayer fan with reasonable expectations will enjoy it. Can it live up to the band's classic releases? Of course not! The Slayer of today can't possibly play with the strength and power of the Slayer of twenty years ago. That said, Slayer can still deliver the goods. Just don't expect the goods to be as in good condition as they were 20 years ago."
A return to form for the legendary thrash titans.
Kevin H. Dudley | Roanoke, VA (USA) | 11/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Slayer's new CD sees the band going back more to the song writing styles and variety that brings to mind their 1990 masterpiece "Seasons in the Abyss" and 1994's underated "Divine Intervention".
The album features the same raw and punshing sound as their last release Christ Illusion but with much more variety throughout the just shy of 40 minutes World Painted Blood.
Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has much more stronger songwriting presence on this album as he was only responsible for 3 songs on Christ Illusion. It always seems that when he's much more heavily involved in the song writing that the variety in styles reappears on albums. Christ Illusion was pretty much Kerry King's album and he tends to write in just one style anymore but even he has stepped up his writing on this one.
I don't know if it was the fact that much of this album was created in the studio for the first time in their career or what but this album sees the band playing with a vitality that they really haven't exhibited in spades since 1994's Divine Intervention.
And for people complaining about the production, it's fine. It sounds like a more raw version of the production on Christ Illusion and the guitars have a bit more of a buzz saw sound to them at times. Dave Lombardo's drums also have a very natural sound on this album which is so good to hear again in this day and age of pro tools digital recording. Tom Araya's vocals could be a hair higher in the mix on some songs but there's also some actual singing on here which he really hasn't done since 1988's South of Heaven.
There's not a bad song on here and the album is super strong from start to finish. If this does for some reason end up being the final Slayer album, it's a super strong way for this legendary metal band to go out."
The "UNHOLY" Quadrilogy
Chad Lee Cubitt | Roanoke, VA USA | 11/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"SLAYER has returned with a MONSTER of an album!
Not that they ever went away, but "World Painted Blood" can take it's unholy place next to "Reign in Blood", "South of Heaven" & "Seasons in the Abyss". The originators of Extreme Metal have returned to claim their Blood Drenched Throne.
Those people that say they have been in a rut the last few years, just need to listen to this album once--twice--who am I kidding, just leave it in your cd player. Not only have they ditched pro-tools for Dave, but Dave is once again showing why he is the First, the Last & ONLY NAME IN EXTREME THRASH! His drums are thumping & to help with the bone crushing riffs he scaled back to a 9 piece. Tom is back in classic form that was very apparent on "South of Heaven" & "Seasons in the Abyss", Kerry is well Kerry (we don't our unholy bald brother to change now do we?) Jeff has returned & what a return--SLAYER is 20 times better when Jeff is heavily involved.
This is what the follow up to "Seasons" should have been. Once again they show the immitators how the big boys do it.
Do yourself a favor & buy this album right now, in fact don't stop with this album, go on a demonic journey until you see yourself throw your horns in the air & scream SLAYER till you lungs bleed."