Slayer
Haunting the Chapel


5.0
classic

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
May 17th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slayer at their peak

Slayer, Having released their debut album, Show No Mercy, which sold 40,000 copies, the producer wanted to release a new EP to put out more songs to display Slayer's musicianship to a new degree. However, the band had another idea. They wanted to develop their own, trademark heavy thrash sound, and so they saw this as the perfect opportunity to do so. And so the legend was born.

1. Chemical Warfare-The one song by Slayer that i will never be able to get enough of, this is one of their longest songs, and also one of their best. Tom Araya will never be able to sound as pure evil as he did yelling along, "Chemical Warfarrreee", and the band were at their absolute peak. The riff work is pure gold on this song, absolutely no exaggeration. This song is the song where Slayer REALLY found their sound, playing at 100 miles an hour with some insane solo work. Surely this contains Slayer's best solos ever, a far cry from their usual strangling the cat solo style. 5/5
2. Captor Of Sin-A frequantly overlooked song in their catalogue, this song is pure gold, containing a very good thrash solo section at the start, that sets the mood for this song. Absolutely amazing, but unable to contend with the song that came before it. This is another song that demonstrated Slayer's ability on their instruments, and another one that broke the boundaries of what was considered thrash at the point it was recorded. 5/5
3. Haunting The Chapel-Continuing the thrash onslaught, this is another whirlwind riff fest, that is not to be underestimated. This is the second best song on the EP, and is another overlooked one. Make sure that you listen to this in any way you can, be it on the original, or on Youtube, as it really is amazing, and is yet another one that showed Slayer's newfound sound. 5/5
4. Aggressive Perfector-Most people will have heard it on Reign In Blood, Slayer's supposed magnum opus, this is a little longer, and has much muddier production. Truth be told, they are both equally as good, however, this is the original, and therefore deserves a listen. 4.5/5

So, there you have it. All songs are pure gold on this EP, and all deserve a listen. This is where Slayer found their sound.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rockandmetaljunkie
May 17th 2012


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Avoid tbt reviews

BodomThrashMachine
May 17th 2012


316 Comments


Slays. Also what the guys above said.

JAXETA
May 17th 2012


779 Comments


at their peak? lol

TheNotrap
May 17th 2012


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of the most influential releases to the 80's thrash/death metal scene.
Slayer rules damn hard.

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MoosechriS
May 17th 2012


5009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

need to pick this up at some point

camaraderie
May 17th 2012


988 Comments


gay

KILL
May 17th 2012


71796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck u

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KILL
May 17th 2012


71796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are you saying it transcends time?

BigPleb
May 17th 2012


36637 Comments


CHEMICAL WARFAREEEEEEEEEE

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

KILL
May 17th 2012


71796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and emotion?

dijizztingengland
May 17th 2012


101 Comments


Slayer, you so great.

KILL
May 17th 2012


71796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and love?

aqualungcancer
May 17th 2012


573 Comments


I remember these guys from back in the day. Put on a good show, but not the closest band to my heart...

KILL
May 17th 2012


71796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude where did you see em i caught em at the roxy but they only played styx covers

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


Fluttertrank, just don't say a damn word.

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


I'd love to do many things to you. Think Guinea Pig: Flowers of flesh and brony.

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


I've noticed that whenever aqualungcancer posts a comment you always have to mention it. Why can't you just shut up? I don't care if you're a girly man, I'm not afraid to admit that I am too. I know for a fact that it takes a special kind of person to make a pony their profile picture.

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


So why don't you turn your depressing life the other direction and stop annoying users who simply want to use the site to post comments. Nobody cares bout your disgusting infatuation. Screw you.

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


Well, maybe mental care workers might have an interest.

Scenegrind
May 17th 2012


95 Comments


Anyways, top notch review to OP. I look forward to your next.



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