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South of Heaven [CASSETTE]
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Top Customer Reviews
Key tracks: South Of Heaven, Behind The Crooked Cross, Mandatory Suicide, Spill The Blood
But then I managed to get my hands on South of Heaven again and it really came back to me just how evil and intense the sound is. Absolutely excellent. Just oozing with heavy raw emotion, grinding angry guitar riffs, expressive vocals. Yes sure Reign in Blood is fast and all that, but this is the more intense album.
Song for song I think this is undoubtedly one of Slayer's best, on a par with "Reign In Blood". (The subsequent "Seasons In The Abyss" which caps Slayer's golden age, falls down a little, while "Hell Awaits" and "Show No Mercy" have only flashes of their utter brilliance).
"South Of Heaven" for example is a fantastic opener - an eerie guitar opening leading to a mid-paced metal assault that is really full-bodied. It takes its time, unhurried and utterly assured, and builds to an awesomely intense ending. "Silent Scream" on the other hand pounds hard from the beginning, and has a chorus highlighted by Dave Lombardo's intense-as-hell drumming fills, not to mention guitar solos swapped telepathically by Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. "Behind The Crooked Cross" is also relatively mid-paced, with an excellent lyric narrating the story of a Nazi trapped by his role and no longer able to express his humanity. "Mandatory Suicide" meanwhile has an almost shocking ending, with Tom Araya speaking, dead-pan, over increasingly intense and heavy sounds which fill you with absolute dread.Read more ›
The change is heard right from the word go. The title track begins almost funerealy with a slow (for them) riff that permeates the whole song and a chanting chorus that sticks in your head and wont get out. A classic. 'Silent Scream' is segued in after the distortion from the first track. It is more akin to the Slayer of Reign in Blood. This is a fast thrash track. And it is a belter. 'Live Undead' is a great slow burner that makes most use of form and content: it's like a soundtrack to zombie attack in a graveyard. 'Behind the crooked Cross' is not as assured as the tracks that preceded it but it is still a great little mid-tempo chug-fest. 'Mandatory Suicide' - mmm. Not much I can say really except, heavyweight classic of momentous proportions! As with all super classics (Reign in Blood, Angel of Death, Hell Awaits to name a few from this band) it is beyond critique - it just IS. It's there. If you haven't heard it, well, it's the very essence of all that is Slayer. 'Ghosts of War' is a fun little thrash number with a great breakdown to end on. 'Read Between the Lines' is much like 'Behind...' and is a great song to listen to - it almost makes you want to dance. Almost.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album, flows well in listened to back to back with Reign in Blood!Published on 14 Jun. 2015 by Arran Bradstock
I have now 7 of thier albums and am still looking to get more and this album is one of the reasons I still am looking to add to my collection not one of thier albums has... Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by marc7419
My fave Slayer album! I think this album is more fabulous than 'Reign In Blood'! 'Behind The Crooked Cross' is such great song! Yay! (R.I.P Jeff H.)Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by CLINT McGAVIN
Had to re buy this album, lost my earlier copy, bought 18 years ago. I'd buy it again if I lost it because it is that amazing. Read morePublished on 6 July 2013 by Mike
This is one of the best Slayer album, along Reign in blood, Hell awaits and Seasons in the abbys (the Big Four for me :-))
A must have for all who love thrash metal.
Super album, all time great and a welcome addition to my collection.
Really recommend to any hard rock fan from any era.
A great album from a great metal group. Took me back to my youth growing up to this and many other albums. Nothing more to say.Published on 16 Oct. 2012 by Peter