Slayer
World Painted Blood


2.5
average

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
November 6th, 2009 | 95 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No thank you, Slayer.

Slayer is a band that has always sounded like Slayer. No matter if you put on "Hardening of the Arteries" or "Catalyst", you'll be able to tell that it's Slayer a mile away. Slayer are an iconic band, a band with legendary status, a huge band. They headline festivals, have toured with many of the biggest names, they are one of those bands a metalhead can't be without - and woe the person that doesn't own Reign In Blood. Unfortunately their legacy as one of the most influential and best metal bands a) compromises their live show in that Slayer fans complain if the band doesn't play War Ensemble or Raining Blood every night and b) it means that after the last really good album, Seasons in the Abyss, they haven't released anything worthwhile.

"What"? You say? I can hear the fanboys crying "But what about Christ Illusion? God Hates Us All? Eh? Eh?" Now, most of these albums weren't bad, but they weren't in any way much good either. Christ Illusion is probably the album that comes the closest to their glory days of old, but with better production and lacking songwriting. I mean, if you like Slayer, you'll like what they have to offer regardless, and it's no different with this album - it sounds like Slayer through and through, just like the previous few. But Slayer have cocked up (what) and released something that is generally inferior, and that is where the surprise lies; for Slayer this album is so ball-bustingly average that it doesn't really matter.

The first problem is that the songs don't work. Lots of chug riffing, lots of tremolo-ism, lots of things that sound like Slayer, just none of them stick. It's like they released it on autopilot, because they needed a new album; the only song that really works well is Psychopathy Red. Thanks, Slayer, for one good song on this album. The rest all sound the same way, with fast tempos, chugging riffs, Araya's shrieks (man, this guy's vocals have gone down the ***ter) with the same oblique lyrics, the same tempos, and the same bulldozer sound, except after 4 songs you just really want to turn it off. There's nothing extra here, nothing that gives it the Slayer spark. Even Lombardo, the drum god, doesn't seem to pull anything off that is more than capable. These guys have lost their spunk. Even the Sepultura-esque opening of World Painted Blood won't save this album.

The other issue is the production, which is really weird and lends it a feel that is close to that of Death Magnetic. The guitars are heavy and punchy, but overbearing. The snare sound is weird. It's like the band, for the fast songs, wanted too much punch, but it doesn't work; you can only get that groove at a lower tempo. Now it's just too chaotic, too much nothing. It just doesn't work. The last thing is that Araya's vocals are weird and sound too screechy. He's just missing every form of proper tone and shouts everything in a one note stream. It gets really annoying by the time you've hit "Beauty Through Order."

Even though it has all the things that are characteristic of a Slayer album, it's just not "good" ; even Christ Illusion was better than this, and that album was already a mediocre rehash of their former glory. Nobody in their right mind should take this over Reign In Blood or Seasons in the Abyss. If you enjoy Slayer, please indulge, but I'm going to listen to "South of Heaven", and remember the days when Slayer were still good.



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Altmer
November 6th 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Man this is so horrible, Slayer on autopilot

PanasonicYouth
November 6th 2009


7411 Comments


i agree with this review a lot

Altmer
November 6th 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i mean i like slayer too so what

PanasonicYouth
November 6th 2009


7411 Comments


i haet slayer
they don't slay nearly enough as their name lets on

KILL
November 6th 2009


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice review man

Digging: A Guy Called Gerald - Black Secret Technology

south_of_heaven 11
November 6th 2009


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stop reading when you said Slayer had a song called "Fear Catalyst". They never did.

Relinquished
November 6th 2009


25097 Comments


Didn't like this at all. Great review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with this review the most, this album is terrible. Pos.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

Altmer
November 6th 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Woops, I mean Catalyst, not Fear Catalyst. I think that was a Scar Symmetry song.

Baphomet
November 6th 2009


7364 Comments


Great review as usual. I just got this and it's too early to judge it, though it does feel re-done to the point it's what you're used to but it's just no longer fun.

Emim
November 6th 2009


26625 Comments


Basically sums up Slayer. Nice review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2009


6147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the album is a grower. A slow one, but a grower for sure.

my fave song is "Playing with dolls" just because it ISN'T a Slayer song.-

Digging: Raven Throne - ???????? ?????????

LepreCon
November 6th 2009


4109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Out of all your reviews Jorn this brings to three the number I do not agree with. However its still a great review so I'll pos

Maigaard7
November 6th 2009


7 Comments


Hmm I think this album is alright. I didn't expect anything more. I don't know how Slayer is supposed to EVER top themselves and everything they've accomplished, but the world seems to expect them to.
This is decent. 3.5/5

Altmer
November 6th 2009


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Out of curiosity, what are the other two?

(colors I guess and what else)

Xenorazr
November 6th 2009


444 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This review took the words right out of my mouth. The only standout song, the production feeling like Death Magnetic, Araya's vocals, the disappointing performances of the band members-all of it I completely agree with. Other than "Psychopathy Red" there are only occasional moments that stand out but those were almost always post-solo sections. Great review, pos'd.

Chewie
November 6th 2009


4532 Comments


feature this mods.

EasternLight
November 6th 2009


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

disagree, but good review.

StrizzMatik
November 6th 2009


3198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review but I disagree, album isn't RIB or SOH or SITA and why do people think they'll ever be topped

Digging: Finch (US) - Back to Oblivion

EyesWideShut
November 6th 2009


3159 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is right on point and I couldn't agree more with Slayer being on autopilot or snooze control for the most part.

Srizzmatic, your right its none of the albums you listed or even CI, its just a shit album like Diabolus and God Hates.



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