Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss


4.5
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by Scarred4Life USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 67 replies | 9,687 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


3 of 9 thought this review was well written

For those of you who like your music heavy, fast, brutal and very very angry, your prayers have been answered heres Slayer.

For those of you who dont know them, Slayer are one of metal's premier bands, with classic albums such as Reign In Blood and South of heaven. Seasons in the Abyss is another great Slayer album, which may be over shadowed by Reign In Blood. However Seasons in the abyss is surely one of the most complete and well mae metal albums ever in my opinion.

Seasons in the abyss opens with a full assault on your ears with "War Ensemble" a loud fast angry look at war as a sport. The guitar riffs are fast and furious, and the several solos (usually around 2 per song) show off the great guitar work of Kerry King and Jeff Haneman. The songs can be instantly recognized as Slayer tunes by their trademark style of fast minor riffs. The vocals are also recognizably loud and screamed with care by Tom Araya.

Although Slayer is mostly thought of as a speed metal band, Seasons contains some slower, more haunting tracks in addition to the fast tempoed staples. Some notables include Skeletons of society and Seasons in the abyss itself. Both of which are currently my favourite songs.

The lyrics on the album deal mostly with religious and political issues although there are some exceptions. Listen to Dead Skin Mask for one which isnt. It is a very disturbing song, but has a haunting riff and sound to it. Dont listen to this sucker at night.

Some of the best tracks include War Ensemble, Spirit in Black, Expendable Youth, Skeletons of Society and Seasons in the Abyss. The album is as a whole quite strong, however it must be noted that after a while some of the traks start to sound the same. Therefore I woudlnt listen to it non-stop for a while, since you will probably get sick of it.

Rating:4.5/5

Its a simply great metal album and if metal is your bag or you like slayer the buy it...Now!


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manuscriptreplica
January 14th 2004



431 Comments


yayy a Slayer review. nice one :thumb:
this is probably my favourite-est album by them, reign in blood is better but it is too short.

DimebagDarrell
March 16th 2004



65 Comments


My fav Slayer album a must buy thrash album

LordDargon
March 16th 2004



165 Comments


It is faster (note: in my vocabulary, faster also means better.) anyways, it is faster (and therefore better) than South of Heaven, but not as good as RiB or anything previous to RiB. (those are all faster, and therefor better. :p)

MxShredder
March 16th 2004



58 Comments


I haven't bought this album yet, but i've heard seasons in the abyss and war ensemble and it sounds pretty :thumb:. My only problem with it is i think it has a kind of poor production quality

Griffin_Page
March 24th 2004



60 Comments


[QUOTE=MxShredder]I haven't bought this album yet, but i've heard seasons in the abyss and war ensemble and it sounds pretty :thumb:. My only problem with it is i think it has a kind of poor production quality[/QUOTE]


Well, the guitar tones are real thin and tinny, but if you dig them it doesn't matter.

MxShredder
March 24th 2004



58 Comments


[QUOTE=Griffin_Page]Well, the guitar tones are real thin and tinny, but if you dig them it doesn't matter.[/QUOTE]

actually i was thinking more of the snare sound, it's really small sounding, kind of kills the heavyness for me

Griffin_Page
March 25th 2004



60 Comments


[QUOTE=MxShredder]actually i was thinking more of the snare sound, it's really small sounding, kind of kills the heavyness for me[/QUOTE]

It's better than St. Anger tho :P I guess as a guitarist, the drum sound never stands out unless it is horrible or really good.

Spirit_In_Black
July 11th 2004



4 Comments


IMO these are the best tracks on the album

1. spirit in black (i liked this song so much i used it as my name lol)
2. dead skin mask
3. war ensamble
4. seasons in the abyss
5. expendable youth

who agrees?

bassaholica2004
July 11th 2004



40 Comments


I have yet to buy this CD, but I thought it was interesting that Dead Skin Mask is about Ed Gein. We studied him in psychology class, its pretty wierd.

zyxon
July 24th 2004



15 Comments


i only have RiB so i think ill get this one

Lumiere
July 24th 2004



53 Comments


Amazing album that I picked up today, coincedentally.

The title track and 'Expendable Youth' alone make it a worthy purchase.

mexicanfloydian
July 24th 2004



165 Comments


Good review, I love this album.

Kreator
July 25th 2004



5 Comments


[QUOTE=Spirit_In_Black]IMO these are the best tracks on the album

1. spirit in black (i liked this song so much i used it as my name lol)
2. dead skin mask
3. war ensamble
4. seasons in the abyss
5. expendable youth

who agrees?[/QUOTE]
i agree with you

Distorted Vision
July 25th 2004



184 Comments


[QUOTE=Scarred4Life].
Listen to Dead Skin Mask for one which isnt. It is a very disturbing song, but has a haunting riff and sound to it. Dont listen to this sucker at night.[/QUOTE]

Tell me about it, those voices have scared me quite a few times in darkness.

Arrakakaka
June 14th 2005



685 Comments


I like this more than RiB! (eeeek...)

Dead Skin Mask is completely badass.



Thor
July 18th 2005



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My personal favorite Slayer album and one of the best metal albums on the 90s. My favorite song off of this has to be Spirit In Black. That opening riff never gets old to me.

harvester_of_sorrows
September 6th 2005



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dead skin mask didnt scared me at first...but when the little girl like voice said something like" let me out mister gein" it freaked me out

harvester_of_sorrows
September 6th 2005



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and by the way...who is ed gein?

Heldbackbytheday
September 7th 2005



31 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is the BEST slayer cd. BY FAR.



Heldbackbytheday
September 7th 2005



31 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best Slayer CD! By far. Dead skin mask and seasons are just awwmazing.



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