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Decade of aggression (live, 1991) [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: AMERICAN
  • ASIN: B000091TO5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
Released after "Seasons In The Abyss", this was a stop-gap before "Divine Intervention", but also seems to mark the end of the forwards progression in Slayer's music - the albums afterwards seem to recycle things they'd done already. This may be understandable (Iron Maiden have only ever really done two kinds of album, for example) but it does, to me at least, make "Decade Of Aggression" more a tombstone than a bookmark.

However, the first disk is really outstanding. It's rare for a live album to really capture the atmosphere, but hearing the "Slayer! Slayer!" chant fade in, and then the slow build-up of "Hell Awaits", really does give that feeling of sadistic malevolence they excel at. The numbers are quick-fire and one classic follows another - "The Anti-Christ", "War Ensemble", "South Of Heaven" and so on. The dual-soloing of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman are as reliably incisive and telepathic as ever, whilst Tom Araya has tough work with the falsetto screams of the "Show No Mercy" songs, but he makes up for it with a butcher approach.

The first disk ends on the high note of the classic "Angel Of Death". However, the second disk is really only for hardcore fans, as it's the less well-known tracks - i.e. the less good ones, and they tend to get a little repetitive. Slayer still riff with maximum power and aggression, there just aren't the dynamics or melodic invention to make the songs as good. I guess they decided to do a "Greatest Hits Live" disk then one for die-hard fans, because the gap in quality is so pronounced.

However, this album is easily worth the money for the first disk alone, which has the raw power and brute force of Slayer live, and acts as a best-of for the classic Slayer albums, from "Show No Mercy" to "Seasons In The Abyss".
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Format: Audio CD
Its a live cds of slayer what more can I say really the sound quality is good and so there for if you know rhe songs by slayer then you will love it as its sound pretty much the same except Toms bass is a bit more forward in the mix which is nice cos thats my only complaint about slayer is that Tom may as well not play his bass as it is always pushed so far back in to the mix. other wise its Fantastic live album worth a listen
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Format: Audio CD
This is a fairly decent Live album, that is also quite raw!
The pre 1986 material from Show No Mercy (1983), Haunting The Chapel (1984) and Hell Awaits (1985) is for the most part improved - Chemical Warfare is DEVASTATING!!!
Even certain, later material as in the title track from 1988's South Of Heaven sounds harder & more powerful here.
A truly Live release, with minimal touch ups & vastly superior to later material such as Divine Intervention!
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GOOD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decade of Awesomeness 8 Aug. 2014
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My favorite live album ever. Tight doesn't begin to describe the sound that Slayer has on this recording.
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