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Divine Intervention

Slayer Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 (4 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American
  • ASIN: B000024F60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous to the general public. 9 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
By the time 1994 had come along, extreme metal had reached the pinnacle of extremity. Revolting lyrics, objectionable artwork and band behavior couldn't have conceivably and would not get any worse.
Slayer, one of the earliest and most influential pioneers of the genre were beginning to lose relative credibility, that is untill they released this album. In my opinion, the mood or tone of this album is dangerously subversive. While the music was not heavy by the standards of the day, there was an immense subliminal aggression hidden inside the music. Unlike any other band I have ever heard, this aggressive nihilistic tone had an unsettling reality to it. This illusion of reality was heigthened by the inlay card which demonstrated real life examples of fictional portrayals of violence becoming real actual physical violence.
Life was imitating art, Slayer knew it and most of them lived with that fact quite comfortably. This is all the more unsettling when one considers the prevailing subject matter here: murder (213, ..murder art, killing fields). Perhaps fortunately for society, Slayer wouldn't fuel the fire so vigourously in their later albums. Musically, this is top quality, heavy, fast slayer. In my opinion it is the last true descendant from 'Reign in Blood' and in many ways the quality here supercedes that found on that record. 'Dittohead' and 'Killing fields' are by far more heavy than anything the band had released before and, dare I say it, Dittohead is a more powerfull song than 'Angel of Death'. This is a much more real, disturbing and violent Slayer than on any of their previous records and from what I see this album is still underappreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slayer are the world's top thrash metal band. 2 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Slayer album. The drum sound is a marked improvement from 'Seasons' and Paul Bostaph makes incredibly difficult drum parts sound effortless. The album seems to be based on the theme of serial killers ('213' is based on the story of Jeff Dahmer) but this doesn't detract from very fast, very chromatic riffs and virtuoso guitar solos from Jeff Hanneman & Kerry King. Tom Araya's vocals range from screamed imprecations to really attractive tunes (Serenity in Murder) and provides an ideal accompaniment to the underlying rhythm mazes. The album for me also scores highly on the use of unusual time signatures and angular key changes. For Slayer, true beauty lies in dissonance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad God intervened 11 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people and fans will say that this is the point where Slayer dropped their game. I disagree. This is as good, both technically and artistically, as any of their previous 2 efforts. In fact it is probably the only album that it can be true to say has elements of both South of Heaven/Seasons in the Abyss and Reign in Blood (especially as every advertisement for everything they have done since God Hates Us All purports this to be true). It has the energy and passion of Reign ('Dittohead', 'Sex, Murder, Art') with the melody and thoughtfulness of South ('Fictional Reality', '213'). It's not all great. 'SS-3' treads water slightly and 'Mind Control' is more the closer you're likely to find on recent albums than say 'Raining Blood' or 'Seasons in the Abyss', but they both shred most of the 'good' tracks on recent albums into dust.

'Killing Fields' is such a change of tack for them. It almost takes your breath away. It's lumpen, raw, catchy as hell and actually quite scary, not to mention the excellent drumming and powerful lungs of Mr Araya. In my opinion as good as 'War Ensemble' and I'd happily argue the fact. Then 'Sex, Murder, Art' thumps in at breakneck speed. This is now the realisation that Slayer have refound their roots and are willing to thrash their fans to death! Then the catchy 'Fictional Reality' strums into view quite happily and, while it is not a classic as such, it is a welcome, almost upbeat reprieve after the aural assault of the first 2 tracks. This does not last long as 'Dittohead' thunders toward you like that rolling ball of stone after Indiana Jones, but with lots of snakes and Nazis and devil-worshippers following on behind it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a try! 3 Nov 2002
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
This album is often seen as one of the band's worst studio outings (Undisputed Attitude getting the accolade of actually being the worst) but listen carefully and you'll find some excellent gems embedded.
Many people often say "Ditto Head is the only good track on it and the rest is crap" well, they are quite wrong really!
The albums opening track "Killing Fields" shows that this album is taking the band down a new path, walking away from their classic thrash metal which they are known mostly for. The track has some excellent riffs in it and is an easy standout.
Others that also stand out are the excellent "Sex.Murder.Art" along with "Serenity In Murder" and "Circle Of Beliefs" and yes, of course the absolute main stand out, the classic "Ditto Head" which has some amazing tremelo riffing and a brilliant solo.
One thing that does let this album down though, is the not very sharp production, sounding a tad muffled at times.
It's worth a try, even if just for "Ditto Head" and "Killing Fields".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Assault on the senses
I am no expert on Thrash Metal, and the only other Slayer record I have heard is Reign Of Fire (which I thought was good) but I picked this up on Amazon recently and after a few... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Man Of Leisure
3.0 out of 5 stars That sinking feeling that your favorite band are losing your intrest
The review of this album by Paul WJM has so hit the nail on the head that I have only one thing to add. Read more
Published on 8 May 2010 by Xtro Jon
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming and confused follow-up to Seasons
This was the point at which I became seriously disappointed with Slayer's musical output. Whilst they had to do something less aggressive than Reign in Blood in its wake at least... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Paul WJM
5.0 out of 5 stars actually rather good!
this album is pretty immense actually!great vocals,even greater guitars and drummming really to die for. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2009 by E. M. Bostock
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like? It's dark, heavy, mindblowing drumming and vocals...
I totally disagree with Adam Jackson, this album is mindblowing it's dark and heavy with dark lyrics, brilliant riffs and solos awesome drumming and wicked vocals by Araya, which... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2008 by Sandra O'Hagan
2.0 out of 5 stars MEDIOCRE
This is possibly Slayer's poorest album. The only thing i really like is Tom Araya's vocals which are some of his harshest. Read more
Published on 30 April 2008 by Adam Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD EFFORT !!!
And on par with their 3 predecessors; it contains elements of the 3 of them, retaining the speed, agression and their hardcorish thrash/speed-metal signature sound. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2008 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome with a capital A!
Well what can one say? this is SLAYER!!! Coming hot on the heels of 'seasons' and 'decade' this album just shreds! Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by D. Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars yep,the worst slayer album of them all
Slayer by 1994 were a band struggling somewhat i feel,with lombardo gone and bostaph replacing him clearly something was missing and on divine intervention we meet a band that... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2006 by sean paul mccann
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not divine, but inexplicably underrated...
I honestly can't understand the problem some fans seem to have with this album! As far as Slayer albums go, the low point surely has to be the uninspired "Diabolus In Musica"... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2006 by Matt Kenway
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