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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful slayer, masterful album and awesome artwork!, 16 Mar. 2009
This review is from: South Of Heaven (Audio CD)
South of Heaven, the follow-up to the highly famed and genre defining standalone classic "reign in blood" returns not so much "continue where we left of" music but more of a varied, experimental and mature thrash.
Not wanting to give the wrong impression here, South of Heaven is as evil and furious Slayer as ever; and whenever the question comes around "what is my favourate slayer album" this definately would be it.

For me it's the unique evil feel that slayer portray's through it's music that has always fascinated me, and the reason that brought me to them in the first place over a decade ago.
South of Heaven, was my first taste of slayer and that the thought that i could be convinced into believing some of the "extremely contraversial" subject matters, and evilness at the time would been laughable.

And that's the beauty of South of Heaven, it's convincing and well written 80's thrash metal the kind they don't make anymore. nearly all 10 tracks here easily surpass a 9/10 by my reckoning and at least half a 10/10, partly becouse there are so many classics on here, title track, Behind the crooked cross, Mandatory suicide, Ghosts of war and Spill the blood being my personal highlights.

The content, as i mentioned earlier is abit more than the 100mph 30minute assaults on "Reign in Blood." Here we have a few longer pieces on offer such as "South of Heaven and Spill the blood" are both chilling to the bone and barely resembles speed thrash, whilst Live undead and Cleanse the soul are extremely fast and quickly lay-rest to claims that slayer had abandoned thrash, and of course the legendary riffs of "Behind the crooked cross and Mandatory suicide" lay-down further evidence that this rightly deserves it's place as one of their best albums.

On the other hand South of heaven is not the most accessable album in the world by any means even by slayer's standards, the whole thing reeks of 80's production excess with very little melody, excluding breaks of short but crazy solos. The lyrics are likely to offend as usual dealing with war, death by gunfire, black spirits, and religion. It will have some haters upon first listen for sure! but if your still reading this far i guess your a seasoned metalhead and probably won't find anything outside the ordinary with this.

The artwork is particularly eye catching it has to say no wonder it stirred up trouble in the 80's at a time when pop music was at it's strongest needless to say most slayer fans by now will probably already have it so this review is aimed towards new listeners or metallovers unfamiliar with slayer.
For a first album you can't go far wrong with South of Heaven it's dark, evil and brilliant if not Seasons in the abyss" or "Reign in Blood" are excellent alternatives and show case slayer at their untouchable best I would seriously recommend this!.....
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2011 18:04:30 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 17:15:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2011 17:16:39 BDT
Agma says:
South of heaven the only good track. really! Putting aside the fact that SOH is a highly upheld Slayer album by most of their fans, I assume you can't find anything excellent about "Live undead, Mandatory suicide, Ghosts of war, Cleanse the soul, Spill the blood." These are all classic thrash staples and most certainly what they used to be about- great songwriting and breakneck speed. I do however fully agree with you that the diet we are mostly accustomed to from new Slayer releases these days is little more than Slayer-by-numbers. I think you may prefer Reign in blood and Seasons over this- is because of the different production style and less accessibility. SOH is a genre classic, give it a few more spins!!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2011 21:40:27 BDT
Buddy says:
I think 'Reign in Blood' is genuinely nasty, but i think 'South of Heaven' is a bit 'Hammy-Horror', if you under stand the pun?, but thanks for your time.;-)
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