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Review: Slayer - Repentless

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 41:58
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 7, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (48 Votes)

Repentless (a word Kerry King inadvertently made up) is the 12th full-length studio album from U.S. Thrash Metal legends Slayer. That the band has been on a long, slow decline since 1990's Seasons in the Abyss is not in dispute but this new album marks an about face. With the loss of founding guitarist and writer of many Slayer classics Jeff Hanneman you might have expected things to get worse but remaining founders King and Tom Araya seem to have decided to go back to their roots. Repentless opens with the title track, after an instrumental intro, that is played at the insane speed that characterized Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits. Things don't get much slower on the next song, "Take Control," but speed isn't the only calling card of Repentless. Gone are any modern Thrash influences and we are treated to actual RIFFS on tracks like "Vices" and "Implode." Araya's harsh shouts, the crazy leads of King and Gary Holt and the demented drumming of Paul Bostaph round the album into fighting form. Repentless is the real deal and the only time I stopped banging my head was when Araya shouted "the last thing you see are MY EYES!!!" on "When the Stillness Comes" and that was to make sure he wasn't behind me. I haven't enjoyed a Slayer album this much in over 25 years.

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