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Slayer - World Painted Blood

Released November 2009

 

 

Hot on the heels of their Australian tour with Megadeth comes Slayer’s 11th studio album World Painted Blood, on which Slayer let their reputation precede them but refuse to rest on their laurels. This is classic Slayer in its sheer unrelenting brutality.

 

There’s no new ground being trod here – Slayer is what you see and Slayer is what you get, in spades. World Painted Blood is the sound of thrash’s foremost elder statesmen doing what they do best at the cutting edge of metal, and as usual the subject matter mostly revolves around war and murder. Where Megadeth is all about precision, there’s a brutal grace to what Slayer do that few others can match, and this is apparent from the opening title track.

 

Hanneman and King deliver solos that dive and roar all around the songs, stretching the boundaries of their trade; Araya growls and prowls – as I wrote in my recent live review [click here] – like a demonic thrash metal Gene Simmons; but the real wild card in this band has always been Dave Lombardo, whose prowess on the drum kit is simply astonishing and seemingly knows no boundaries.

 

Every instrument has been set to ANNIHILATE and the eleven songs on offer speed by in under forty minutes - four of them under 3 minutes apiece – this is Slayer rewriting the short sharp shock theory of punk for a thrash metal apocalypse.

 

Buy it if you think you can handle it.

 

Shane