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5.0 out of 5 stars
The ultimate in Thrash and Speed; forget Slipknot... please., 28 Nov. 2002
So, did you read the other reviews?
And you still haven't bought it yet?
Well, here's news from someone who was there when it happened (yep, I'm that old :-)! When this gem was released onto an unexpecting planet, only Slayer's own previous albums came close. The energy and aggression is simply mind-blowing, and listening to it is a great outlet, should you need that. Pure therapy, baby!
Here's the bit where you may boo and hiss me:
Nu-Metal is mostly but a weaker, sugarcoated and trendy (albeit cathchy and better produced!) version of what metal then was and, I'm loth to say, never will be again. It has so far also never come even close to what Slayer accomplished on this masterpiece, although I would like to see someone try!
As far as lyrics go: unlike the vastly misunderstood and superb 'Angel of Death' -courtesy of mr. Jeff Hanneman, this stuff is no Hemmingway, bless Araya's and his colleagues' woolly socks. Musically, however: well, they completely had the metal world by the short and curlies, and were (and remain to be!) the musical equivalent of a herd of wild Rhinos on very strong steroids. THIS IS THE (old) DOGS WHATSITS! To give you an impression: for this album they picked about 45 mins of music, but once in the studio they played so bloody fast they ended up with the most notorious 28 mins of sonic mayhem (that's minus the 'extras' on this release) you'll ever be able to get your grimy hands on! Yes it's short, but let it simply be a part of it's charm. Listen to it in one go, and you'll know why. Then press 'play' again!
Let these 'old men' surprise you with their sheer speed and show the 'nu' bands out there how it's really done.
You still here?....