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This review is from: Seasons In The Abyss (Audio CD)
Well, I guess I'll have to be the first to review this superb album. If you're reading this, you probably know already that Slayer were one of the pioneering thrash/speed metal bands in the 80's, whose 1986 album Reign in Blood is often seen as one of the best and most influential metal recordings of all time. That album was known for its extreme speed and utter relentlessness. However, for their 1988 follow-up, South of Heaven, Slayer slowed things down a little and put in a bit more melody. This album was met with mixed opinions from fans of their earlier albums, as some were put off by the new slower tempos. However, Seasons in the Abyss was released in 1990 and was well recieved by fans. It basically fuses together the two previous albums as the mid-tempo grooves of the previous album are mixed with bursts of furious speed. This gives the album more variety than previous works and gives the album a great roller-coaster feel as there are very fast songs such as War ensemble, Hallowed Point and Born of Fire and slower, more melodic (but still heavy!) ones including Expendable Youth, Dead Skin Mask and the tite track. Many songs also contain awesome tempo changes in true slayer style. Every song on the album is great in its own way and the true aggression of Slayer is still here.
One thing that marks it out from earlier Slayer releases is the incresed melody of the solos. Instead of playing fast and frantically to create horrific-sounding solos, the lead breaks are more melodic and focused. Apparently, Kerry king took guitar lessons before the release of the album. It shows, as his excellent leads give new life to the songs. The Hanneman - king guitar tag team is more effective than ever here. Not to mention drummer Dave Lombardo, whose drumming here is just incredible.
Also worth mentioning is the lyrics. Instead of focusing on hell or gruesome death, the band focuses on real life issues such as war, corrupt governments, gangs and the apocalypse. This helps make Seasons Slayer's most mature album to date. That's about it really. It may not be as mercilless and downright scary as Reign in Blood, but it has more variation, melody and maturity whilst still sounding brutal. As for the absence of other reviews, that just shows how poor much of Britain's taste in music is. Stop listening to hip-hop, dance music and other garbage like that, and listen to some proper music!! Bye bye.