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Classic Review: Slayer - Haunting The Chapel
Haunting The Chapel

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1993
Originally released in: 1984
Duration: 16:54
Tracks: 4
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: October 8, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Haunting The Chapel

Rated 4.54/5 (90.71%) (56 Votes)

When I get into a Slayer mood nowadays, I have to go a few years back in their catalog because, well, the last few albums pretty much sucked. So here's this EP from 1984. THIS is Slayer. Originally released with 3 songs, this remastered edition contains a bonus track for a total of just under 17 minutes of in-your-face thrash metal from Slayer's glory years. Everything that has made Slayer's reputation can be found here - killer riffs, fast and angry music, hateful lyrics, and "fuck you all" attitude. Not only are all four songs here killer, but I'd be hardpressed to choose a favorite. The fourth song, "Aggressive Perfector", was added in the remastered edition and fits surprisingly well with the other three songs that made up the original release. A better choice of bonus track than there was on the remastered "Reign in Blood".

Granted this is just a short EP but this is definitely a must-have for any thrash fan. There's more aggressivity and great music in those 17 minutes than on many 50 minute albums. Nothing bad to say about this release, except maybe it's too bad it has to be so short! I hesitated a little bit before making this a Classic Review, but hell, this is simply a piece of metal history! Buy this now.

Additional Information

- Originally released in 1984

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