Slayer
Hell Awaits


4.5
superb

Review

by Griffin_Page USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


Slayer - Hell Awaits

Members:
Tom Araya - Vocals/Bass
Jeff Hanneman - Guitar
Kerry King - Guitar
Dave Lombardo - Drums[/b]

In 1985, Slayer had quickly built up a reputation as the fastest, most unforgiving thrash band yet. They had dumped the make-up and spikes a year ago, but they were still quite menacing onstage. In the past two years they had released 3 albums, although one (Live Undead) was not purposely released by them. "Hell Awaits" was their new album, written mostly by Jeff Hanneman. I have found that I like Hanneman's music a lot more than Kerry's, and this album is definately awesome.

1. Hell Awaits
"Pray to the moon.. when it is round
Death with you shall then abound
For what you seek for can't be found
In sea or sky or underground!"

Hell Awaits is an amazing opener song. The beginning riffs are amazing, and it all boils down to a quick paced thrash riff. The solos on this track are perfect for the song as well. Tom does some growling type stuff on the chorus and the bridge thing (the lyrics above). It is an excellent title track, and one of Slayer's best.

2. Kill Again
"No apparent motive, just kill and kill again.."
This song starts with some cool riffs. It all builds up well for the song, which is a very cool one. I love the way Tom sings the chorus on this song, and I enjoy listening to it/playing it on the guitar very much. Good song.

3. At Dawn They Sleep
"Driven by the instincts of
Centuries of horror
Implanted on the brain of the
Sickening parasite
Linked together by one trait
The hell-born need to kill!"

This song is the first thrash epic ever in my eyes. Hanneman's riff writing is superb on this album, while Jeff, Kerry and Tom all contribute on the lyrics of this song. My favorite part is definately the part I have italicized up there.

4. Praise of Death
This song is probably the only song I don't really like on the album. It has never stood out to me, and I cannot even remember how it goes.. others may like it, but I don't like it that much.

5. Necrophiliac
"Lost souls of the dead
Form legions that burst through hells gates
Death of one sacrifice
To avenge the raped corpse from the grave
Blood of one mortal man
The fire grows stronger within
Fate of a frenzied lust
Lucifer takes my dark soul!"

I LOVE this song. The lyrics are extremely sick, the riffs amazing, the whole feel of the song is just awesome. In fact, Slayer got in trouble with the FCC or whatever for the lyrics in this song, but since when has that stopped anybody? Awesome song, that's for **** sure.

6. Crypts of Eternity
"Darkness covers the world
My kingdom, My domain!"

Awesome song... excellent riffage in this one. Both King and Hanneman contribute to the music of this song. This song, like ADTS, is contributed to by King, Araya, and Hanneman for the lyrics. I love the first solo, by Hanneman... very very cool.

7. Hardening of the Arteries
Excellent song to end the album... 2 minutes of song, then it goes into the beginning riffs from Hell Awaits and fades out accordingly.. excellent way to end the album.

Altogether, I give it a 4.8... not a full 5, but excellent.


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LordDargon
March 25th 2004


165 Comments


4.5/5.

Hell Awaits is 3V1L!!!

sensitiveorgan00
March 25th 2004


41 Comments


I love that cd. Nice review man. :thumb:

Griffin_Page
March 25th 2004


60 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]4.5/5.

Hell Awaits is 3V1L!!![/QUOTE]

No it's not, it's just plain and simple evil. Evil does not use "leet".

manuscriptreplica
March 26th 2004


431 Comments


havet heard it yet but i will check it out. cool review :thumb:

LordDargon
March 26th 2004


165 Comments


No it's not, it's just plain and simple evil. Evil does not use "leet".


I'm just mucking around :p

Griffin_Page
March 26th 2004


60 Comments


[QUOTE=LordDargon]I'm just mucking around :p[/QUOTE]

Bah, don't mess around with thrash! :P

LordDargon
May 26th 2004


165 Comments


Well, I was poking around on Metal-Archives, and found this only had an average rating of 79%!! What's up with that? This album is a motherfu.cking classic, and that really pisses me off. again, 4.5/5 It isn't quite perfect, becuase Praise of Death is relatively stinky, as you said, but other than that it's amazing. The evil feel of the album is incredible and superior to that on even Raining Blood. Excellent, it's like "atmospheric thrash..." but be da.mned, it kicks as.s.

The NPC
May 26th 2004


101 Comments


.2123/10.

ATC
May 27th 2004


42 Comments


this is my favorite slayer album..4.9/5
this is what inspired me to become a thrasher.

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
September 21st 2004


44 Comments


I LOVE this album. Dave Lombardo kicks *** in this album.

manuscriptreplica
September 22nd 2004


431 Comments


He kicks a ss in every album.

PoliticallyIncorrectMetalhead
September 22nd 2004


44 Comments


Quite true.

Bazarov
July 25th 2005


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Good album, my favorite Slayer album.

Nra4ever_17
August 31st 2005


65 Comments


I like the review, but 7 songs? How long is the album?

south_of_heaven 11
March 17th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

me gusta el slayer. me gusta el hell awaits


ps: i failed spanish twice, and i dont know how to say "i love..." right

good review man

Neoteric
March 17th 2006


3243 Comments


one of Slayer's strongest

hardspot
October 26th 2006


39 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is at,ospheric to the fokkin max, only downsides are praise of death and the incredibly thin production of the guitars and drums
[quote] I like the review, but 7 songs? How long is the album [quote]
Its about... bah... 32 minutes? OF SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!
aprox:
HA 5 KA 3 ADTS 6 POD 4 Ne.ph. 4 COE 6 HOTA 4This Message Edited On 10.26.06

Homesliceman
November 14th 2006


582 Comments


Think I'll go get this one. I'v heard pretty well all good things.

ConorMichaelJoseph
November 23rd 2008


1870 Comments


A Thrash masterpiece.



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