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Review: Slayer - Christ Illusion
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Christ Illusion

Label: American Recordings
Year released: 2006
Duration: 38:42
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 6, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Christ Illusion

Rated 3.51/5 (70.19%) (53 Votes)
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Of all the post-Seasons In The Abyss albums, this has to be the one I've spun the most - I've lost count but it must be over 20 times by now. Well, considering the last two studio albums, that's not exactly a challenge. After a couple of listens, anyone trying to be objective will notice two things: (1) We have a mix here of SITA and GHUA-style songs, (2) There are enough good songs here to make the overall album listenable. That said, anyone who praises this album needs to either have his ears cleaned or get more albums in his collection. Or both. While the SITA sound is most welcome after the awfulness of the past 15 years or so, Kerry King's love stint with the likes of Slipknot is unfortunately still rearing its ugly head here and there. Even some of the songs that are quite good musically can be ruined by Araya occasional use of a nu-ish style of teen-angst-ridden vocals. On the other side of the coin, there's a few songs that are a complete surprise by being almost deserving of being on something called "Seasons in the Abyss II" - almost. The vocals aren't quite up to par and there's almost always a hint of GHUA-ism finding its way in the music, although not enough to ruin said songs.

Let's face it, I don't think anyone in his right mind expects Slayer to release something anywhere near as good as their 80s output, and this is probably as close as it's ever going to get. The album has enough decent songs to make it listenable, but I don't think this is something one will be prone to put back in the CD player just a couple of months from now (well, there are still those die-hard fans that will find anything with the name "Slayer" to be the best thing since sliced bread, but I'm talking about normal people here.) Get this only if you're a completist who wants the whole Slayer discography, or if you have too much disposable income. Otherwise, there are tons of other releases out there that you should pay attention to before this one.

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