|Review: Slayer - God Hates Us All|
|God Hates Us All|
Label: American Recordings
Year released: 2001
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 23, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:God Hates Us All
Slayer is one of the bands that I really look forward to when it comes to a new release. I will admit however that this is due to more of their earlier efforts, as I was quite disappointed with the last few. I still consider "Reign in Blood" one of the best albums of all time as well as being the birthplace for death metal in general. So will this new album live up to its predecessors? After listening to this quite a bit since it's release I can only say yes and no.
The hard thing about reviewing an album from a band that has had certified classics in the past is that you end up judging the new album against their past which in cases such as this is very difficult to live up to. I can honestly say that if I had never heard of this band before I would be extremely impressed with this album and give it a higher rating than I did. I can say however that this is much better than their last couple of albums, which I thought, were just a complete waste of time. "God Hates Us All" is a return to form so to speak. The blazing leads that King and Hanneman are known for are back as well as the extremely pissed off vocal style of Araya but where this album really shines for me was the excellent drum work. Bostaph has outdone himself on this album. His fills and sound are probably the best work I have ever heard from him.
If you know Slayer you will pretty much know what to expect and if you have never heard of this band or any of their material you obviously came to this website by mistake. In conclusion I would say that this is a pretty good album but as far as living up to the classics from the past it falls a little short. This album is not the "Reign In Blood" of the new millennium but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Recommended.
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