Slayer
God Hates Us All


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2005 | 135 replies | 25,856 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


7 of 8 thought this review was well written

The unfortunate events of September 11th scared people; the irony of an album by Slayer entitled God Hates Us All being released on the same date probably scared a whole lot more. This album is Slayer�s latest studio recording and does include the typical Slayer with enduring fast tempos, which dent hard into the genre of thrash, solid drumming, grinding riffs and Tom Araya's voice which still seems to pulverize. Encased in its ragged shell is typical Slayer, but in a heavier style, with a sound that reflects that of modern production to give a cleaner sound, that could have you most likely wondering whether you like it or not.


Bostaph drums, Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King detune their guitars, and Araya continues to play bass while screeching out vocals. Musically the album is intense from beginning to end. It's harsh, threatening, and like most other Slayer albums upholds a fast rhythm. Messy un-rhythmical solos that Slayer are renowned for still shine in most songs, the percussion while quite ordinary assembles itself well with the music, in reality if you enjoyed its two preceding albums then you should love this. Even some genuine Slayer fans should enjoy parts of this ear-ringing album. Surely for some hardcore fans it would sound very experimental, and at times un-Slayer-like, but overall it's what makes this album quite a pleasant listen, if that is the appropriate word to use.


The clever uses of all things that make Slayer do present themselves throughout the album. The beginning track "Disciple" (excluding the track before it "Darkness of Christ" as its simply a abrasive morbid intro movement) commences loud, power-chords backed by drums and then quickly into a blast-beat riff. A short yet very effective solo from Hanneman flavours the song, followed by a slow heavy interlude, while with all this happening anti-religious lyrics aid the song, and the whole album for that matter - in fact one could argue the album throughout has a concept that situates itself nicely next to its title.


The album shows many highlights such as Disciple's intensity, "God Send Death's" eary intro showing hints of "Seasons in the Abyss", {1990}, New Faith's clash of rhythm and thrash and Threshold's short yet explosive feel. Naturally, being experimental this album will have its lower points with songs like Cast Down, War Zone, and Seven Faces, which don't show as much brilliance but ultimately the album is quite well produced musically and technically. Its a mixed bag of insanity which will definitely have some fans either loving it, or hating it.


Another highlight of the album is "Bloodline". While this track resides dangerously close to complete mainstream metal compared to other tracks, it's still an impacting song that really does establish itself well. Its dark intro, and dramatic ending becomes an accent for the whole album. Most of the songs tend to compliment each other musically, technically and lyrically in a highly dramatic, powerful blitz.


Just as the dark colours of previous albums painted the picture for the music, here the song-writing is natural, flowing, painted with a rough vigorous texture. These textures conclude the album with the songs "Here Comes the Pain" containing a good song structure and solos from both guitarists, and "Payback" grinding a completely full-on throughout, which for the people who own the standard edition of the album would make quite an stunting ending. While both songs are quite different musically, they conclude the album very well, cutting into its cover deep and showing off that differing sound that Slayer use. It does at times slow its power with occasional symmetrical like formation for each song, however it proves itself quite worthy for the greater part of the time.


There are two other releases for this album, one including an extra DVD with bonus tracks and including the Bloodline video clip, and the other just including the bonus tracks "Scarstruck" another powerful movement and "Addict" with its haunting bass guitar intro. This album should show a variety of opinions from excellent to awful. Slayer do sound different but you decided whether it's for the better or worse. Their flexibility to produce a precarious album like this may cause some fans to loose interest, but it's their determination to at least record something which shows their complete evolution as a band that makes the album original and stand out from its two predecessors, which are much more undefined.



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masada
December 3rd 2005



2733 Comments


Pretty good review, actually. The album was titled God Hates Us All not because they are anti-religious, but because it's Kerry King's expression of having a bad day; one where you think that God just hates you.

Neoteric
December 3rd 2005



3243 Comments


'Mazing! Very good review but I noticed the band list at the top =O

Neoteric
December 3rd 2005



3243 Comments


[quote=review]Released: September 11th, 2001[/quote]
Isn't that a bit creepy?

masada
December 3rd 2005



2733 Comments


This review is suspicious though. I've never seen a first review as good as this one, and it kind of looks like one I might have seen elsewhere, maybe on Wikipedia or something like that.

Storm In A Teacup
December 3rd 2005



12687 Comments


:eek: This is your first review and it's awesome!

/is slightly suspicous

Neoteric
December 3rd 2005



3243 Comments


I guess, look it up then.

Storm In A Teacup
December 3rd 2005



12687 Comments


This review is suspicious though. I've never seen a first review as good as this one, and it kind of looks like one I might have seen elsewhere, maybe on Wikipedia or something like that.


I'm suspicious to as you can see from my first post. I showed a link to it on the community thread though.

Killtacular
December 3rd 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Scary good first review, terrible album.

Much like everything that Slayer has touched.

Priestmetal
December 3rd 2005



542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very good review. This album is pretty bad though... too repetitive, too insipid. not enough true essence of Slayer.

ocelot-05
December 3rd 2005



807 Comments


This was an advanced first review, but I sometimes think that less is more. There's too much jumble everywhere, IMO.

spoon_of_grimbo
December 3rd 2005



2240 Comments


iv heard disciple and bloodline, and if theyre anything to go by this should be good...

Thor
December 3rd 2005



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't like this album. After Season in the Abyss the band went on a downward spiral with their albums.

Toaster
December 3rd 2005



343 Comments


That isn't the cover on the album I have. Mine is just white with a couple crosses on it. The one you have there is way cooler.

Mine:
http://image.com.com/mp3/images/cover/200/dre900/e933/e93377qro6c.jpgThis Message Edited On 12.03.05

taylormemer
December 3rd 2005



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wrote a review on this album about one year ago, and that was on these forums. It for some reason wasn't transcribed to sputnik music, so I made a new one.

The older version I did was a song by song, and I still have the original if you would like to look at it. My english has improved since then as I have now completed year 12, and I decided that in future that I would write reviews that weren't song by song, because I believe that the listener decided what they hear in the music itself.

I am actually quite offended that many of you believe I have plagarised this review. If this is going to be the case in future then perhaps it might be best that I don't submitt further reviews.This Message Edited On 12.03.05This Message Edited On 12.04.05

Killtacular
December 4th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

From what I understand, the white one with the plain crosses on it was just a paper insert they put in it so that they wouldn't offend the churchies and that the blood-strewn Bible is the real cover.This Message Edited On 12.03.05

wikuk
December 6th 2005



1110 Comments


eeeeeeeeh, great review! I have only heard Bloodline but I really like that song. I'm not a big slayer fan so i won't check this out.

Dethtrasher
December 9th 2005



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

One of my friends played this album at school once and I thought they sounded pretty good.

The review by the way was a bit hard to read, but it was quite good though.

Stoic
December 27th 2005



161 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

a good review for a bad album. I'm sure it would appeal to people who like nu metal though.

DW365
December 28th 2005



15 Comments


This is a good review. Slayer is pretty good once they grow on you. This isnt my favorite album by them but its still not too bad.

pfandozzyrock
December 28th 2005



40 Comments


Good review, Slayer in my opinion is an amazing band, but there a waste of talent. They are excellent musicians but there message they send out to the world isnt right.

Slayer could be so much more.



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