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Christ Illusion

Slayer Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, Slayer assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard which all others continue to follow. Slayer - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - is the band that other ... Read more in Amazon's Slayer Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B000G75AE8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flesh Storm
2. Catalyst
3. Skeleton Christ
4. Eyes Of The Insane
5. Jihad
6. Consfearacy
7. Catatonic
8. Black Serenade
9. Cult
10. Supremist

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After more than 23 years, it's somehow refreshing to know that age hasn't blunted Slayer's aggression. Christ Illusion, their ninth album, sounds just as aggressive as their 1980s masterpieces Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss - just listen to Tom Araya's rage-filled anti-religious tirade on "Cult", for example. A lot of it is probably down to the return of their original drummer, Dave Lombardo, who's back after a 15 year absence. As a result, the (grand)fathers of death metal sound reinvigorated on tracks like "Flesh Storm" and the powerful headbanger "Skeleton Christ" (this album's highlight). Best of all, Slayer make no attempts to hang themselves on to any new sound - Christ Illusion sounds like nothing other than a great Slayer album, with chugging buzzsaw guitars and blistering guitar solos, as well as a knack for pulling decent songs out of all this noise and vitriol. It's a real return to form for Slayer, one that will both please their old fans and win over legions of new ones. This, kids, is how heavy metal should sound. --Ted Kord

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly average 16 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am a Slayer fan. Not one of these meatheads you see who scream "SLAAAAAAAAAAAAYER" at every metal gig you go to... even when Slayer aren't there... but I'm still a fan. Fan, not worshipper, I admit they have done poor albums; and here's one of em. When I heard the song "Jihad" I was really fired up for this album, I thought I was in for a bonafide thrash fest... I was very mistaken.

So, how does it sound? There's not really a problem with the production or anything, it's more or less standard Slayer. But the quality of the songs is just... eugh. Jihad is by miles the best song in my humble opinion... nothing else here even touches it. Eyes of the Insane is the song Slayer chose for a single... it's a rubbish song and they made a rubbish video for it. I just expect better from Slayer, I really do. This album is a big letdown, even with "Supremist" and the fact that "OMGZZZZZZZ IT'Z GOT A BLASTBEATZ IN ITZ!!!" Nobody cares. Load of tosh.

Vocals are standard mid-range shouty Tom Araya... no problems there really... just a bit boring.

I'd recommend this to those Slayer Meatheads because they will love it anyway. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone else... unless you're after buying a really average album for some reason.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Business As Usual 22 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love Slayer as much as the next (insane headbanging) man, but now the dust has settled, I can't help feeling that this is the album Slayer thought their die-hard fans MIGHT WANT.

To me, 'Christ Illusion' just doesn't have the same variety or CHARACTER that previous Slayer albums have had.

Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven, Seasons In The Abyss, Divine Intervention & God Hates Us All were the albums that I think SLAYER wanted to make.

Diabolus In Musica, Undisputed Attitude & Christ Illusion, to me, seem to be the albums that Slayer thought we wanted to hear.

SLAYER will get their sh't together. Their next album will be a blinder, mark my words.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Illusionists 12 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have to say I was not enamoured with either Diabolus... or God Hates..., their previous 2 releases, but always kept the faith. When I heard that Slayer were getting back to their roots I was pretty excited and actually believed that another great album to place next to Seasons.. or Reign... had arrived. The artwork was perfect. The track listing sounded top notch; not the 12+ that ruined God Hates..., a nice manageable 10 with excellent, old-skool sounding titles like 'Flesh Storm' and 'Eyes of the Insane'. Even the overall title sounded like a classic in the making. When I played it, all of my expectations were ratified. 'Flesh Storm' is a huge, classic opening track, as good as any they've done. Perfect. Lovely. Then I heard the rest.

'Catalyst' is pretty forgettable and this is where it becomes obvious that they are no longer bothering with powerful tracks that twist and turn but just being fast. 'Skeleton Christ' is ok but doesn't really go anywhere. 'Eyes of the Insane' again isn't bad but just hasn't got anything that interesting to give it any merit. 'Jihad' is a little different but where it should have been another 'Mandatory Suicide' it instead becomes flaccid and a bit useless. 'Consfearacy' is as 'Catalyst' and just rattles along at high speed without a hook. 'Catatonic' I quite like. It is a slow plodder but has teeth and is quite catchy after a few spins. The same can be said for 'Black Serenade' which is one of the better tracks after the awesome 'Flesh Storm'. 'Cult' is, what I had not realised when this album first appeared, how Slayer sound in the new millenium - fast, raw and devoid of any real composition. 'Supremist' ends in not quite spectacular fashion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mighty slayer return!! 12 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have to honest, when I first heard this album I wasn't too keen, but after a few spins it began to blow me away!! As any long term slayer fan will tell you, this music is def not for the light hearted. Slayer, are the one and only band from the 80's big four who have never altered their sound or experimented too far with their music, they know what the fans want and deliver the goods every time, whilst unearthing a few surprises . The return of Lombardo is an added bonus for all slayer fans, his missed contriution to slayer is pretty evident on this album (no disrespect to Bostaph) but for me lombardo is the better drummer (especially live). Packed with ferocious guitar and drumming and sprinkling of controversial lyrical subject matter and art work ( well it wouldn't be same without it) slayer have delivered yet another brutal monster of an album, long may they reign!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 2 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
Five years after 2001’s “God Hates Us All”, Slayer were finally back with a new album. What first struck me when flipping through the booklet was that a whopping seven out of ten songs on the album were solely written by Kerry King, whereas the other three were co-written by Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya. This inevitably raised the question: had Hanneman hit a writer’s block? After all, it is the Hanneman-penned numbers that form the basis of a Slayer live show. Should we feel worried, then?

However, the album kicks off promisingly enough with “Flesh Storm”, beginning with an eerie fade-in intro that is reminiscent of “South Of Heaven” and “Raining Blood”, before hitting you like a ton of bricks. The haunting “Eyes Of The Insane” is another highlight on the album, describing the nightmares of a homecoming soldier. After the alleged nu metal influences of their previous releases, this feels like a return to old school Slayer. After all, Dave Lombardo was again back behind the drum kit after a lengthy absence. Musically, the material falls somewhere between “Reign In Blood” and “God Hates Us All” (feel free to disagree if you like to).

As the grotesque front cover suggests, several songs on the album have a strong anti-Christian theme: “Skeleton Christ” features the lines “you’ll never touch God’s hand, you’ll never taste God’s breath, because you’ll never see the second coming / I laugh at the abortion known as Christianity / I’ve seen the ways of God, I’ll take the devil any day / hail Satan”. “Cult” takes it even further, claiming that “there is no f@#ing Jesus Christ, there never was a sacrifice, no man upon the crucifix” and that “religion is hate, religion is fear, religion is war / religion is rape, religion’s obscene, religion’s a w*#*e”.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of their best albums... at people saying it's bad!
This is one of Slayer's best albums going how people can say
that this is one of the worst they've done obviously don't know or listen to slayer. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2010 by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars The word Evolve doesn't seem to appear in the Slayer dictionary
I bought 'Reign in Blood' back in the 80's. This album is more of the same and has not evolved. If you like all the guitars strumming the same note at the same time then it's... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2008 by AND
5.0 out of 5 stars SLAYER SLAYER SLAYER SLAYER
I can't believe any Slayer fan could be dissapointed with this album it's pure thrash, it's pure slayer, What's not to like? Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2008 by Sandra O'Hagan
5.0 out of 5 stars whatever happened to metallica????
em, hadn't bought any cd's for a while, the wife has given me a headache with Celine Dion for an age it seems. Read more
Published on 14 April 2007 by Mr. Pj Armstrong
2.0 out of 5 stars Worse slayer album easily
I have decided to keep this album out of respect for slayer and to complete the collection of there albums. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2007 by N. Cleeve
5.0 out of 5 stars christ had an illusion when this album was designed
there are several words to describe this, right i can only think of one.....brilliant, a second return to their best i suspect, following God Hates Us All, any die hard Slayer fans... Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2006 by Mr. Lee A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Obey My Choice...666
Amazing album from Slayer, in my mind this is the best since Seasons.

you can still definatly hear the remains of the God Hates Us All sound from 2001's last studio... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2006 by Ibrahim
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the album.
Although I disagree with the lyrics and imagery of Slayer, the guitar riffs and drums are on another planet from todays rock music. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2006 by John Dwice
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for years
This is undoubtably the best Slayer album for at least a decade...possibly since 1990`s classic Seasons of the Abyss. Saying that though... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2006 by Soze
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