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Review: Various Artists - Hell At Last - A Tribute To Slayer
Various Artists
Hell At Last - A Tribute To Slayer

Label: Direct Music Group
Year released: 2003
Duration: 45:28
Tracks: 12
Genre: Tribute

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: October 9, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Hell At Last - A Tribute To Slayer

Rated 2.29/5 (45.71%) (7 Votes)

Now I am not the biggest fan of tribute albums. In fact I am not the biggest fan of cover tunes in general. Some cover songs far surpass the originals, but these are rare. Usually covers only serve to point up a young band's deficiencies, or, if done by a good band, they waste space where another original song could be. Here we have a tribute album to Slayer, one of the greatest metal bands ever, and you would think it would be impossible to screw up some of Metal's greatest material. This CD manages it.

The only band I have heard of here is Serberus, and I have to say they don't impress here, with a lackluster cover of "Ghost Of War" – and that's another problem here: the tracklist. I would say that pretty much everything Slayer recorded after "Seasons in the Abyss" sucked royally, and to be honest "South Of Heaven" was a pretty weak fucking record too. So why are 3 of the songs on a 12-song disc from this crappy album? And why is one of them not "Mandatory Suicide", the only good song off the CD? Yeesh!

All of the performances here are pretty pedestrian, with the exception of some band called Acerbus, who succeed in the herculean task of ruining "Angel Of Death" with unintelligible grunts and a shitty drum sound. And a band called Universe Eye, who manage to make "South Of Heaven" into an even gayer song. The rest of this is blah, by-the-numbers recordings that manage to rob even ass-kickers like "Altar of Sacrifice" of their visceral punch.

Tribute albums are supposed to do two things: give young bands exposure, and spur new intrest in an established act's back catalog. This does neither. I never want to hear anything by any of these bands again, and I had to go listen to "Reign In Blood" again to reassure myself that Slayer were in fact cool once, and that I didn't dream it. This is a pitiful and sad ‘tribute' that has nothing to recommend it and little reason to exist. A big thumbs down here.

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