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Crushing brutal heavy noise. You know you want to
on 20 January 2007
It has to be tough for slayer. This is the band who defined what a certain brand of metal sounded like, even what it could sound like. Reign in Blood was the record I wanted to hear in 1986. It was the yard stick by which I measured not just metal, but all extreme/noise music. I spent years trying to find another record that would give me that same hit. Now here is that record.
Nothing inbetween has offered that same visceral brutality. Like Reign in Blood this is an album that takes my breath away, I find myself listening to a track, then replaying it, just to relive the sensation. It somehow leaves me feeling clean, in the same way that you feel purged after a fist fight, not clever, but in touch with something elemental.
Maybe the involvement of Rick Rubin in Production has something to do with this being so good. But it bears no relation to the work he did on Reign in Blood, There is more meat on the bones of this record, Where before you were flayed, now you're bludgeoned. It can be no accident that for Slayers two best records, Rubin's been at the controls
I'm not sure if this is really much of a metal album, It seems closer to the rage of classic hardcore, like black flag. And this has to be a good thing, to distance yourself from the overblown nonsense, of lycra, of viking helmets, and get closer to a music that is generated by common experience, life as lived. Daunting and hate-filled. And by doing this slayer remain relevant. They stand shoulder to shoulder with the generation of bands they inspired. Listen to them next to DFA1979, Sunn0))) or Boris and they don't sound wanting, and a league apart from the nu-metal pretenders to the crown. Could you say that of Slayers 1986 contemporaries? Back then, in thrash, there were a few bands that really mattered, that were leading the way. Amongst those bands two really stood up beside Slayer; Metallica and Anthrax, at least in terms of profile. Anthrax who? As for Corporate, the kids castigating, the man sucking off, Metallica: have you seen the car crash that is Some Kind of Monster? I'm not one to knock Metallica of course. They are a business like any other, like Pepsi-Cola or IBM, as that hilarious movie made clear. That they are whinging, lazy, bullying, trend chasing, pompous and boring isn't their fault. But Slayer they are not. But it is worth noting that while Metallica disappeared up their collective arse to make St Anger, an awful record, Slayer seemingly distilled their essence for me God Hates Us All. Punk was supposed to kill off the rock dinosaurs, the bloated ego's, wasted excesses and useless self indulgence. Slayer are punk to Metallica's Dinosaur.