Review Summary: Classic Thrash Debuts Pt III1 of 2 thought this review was well written
So, Slayer... Where to begin... They redefined thrash metal with their faster, more aggressive style than had ever been seen or ***ing heard before. You didnt know what the *** to expect, with the crazy guitar solos all over the ***ing place, and some absolutely amazing riffs. Kerry King and Jeff Hannehman didnt give a *** about you. They had a crazy vocalist in the form of Thomas Araya, a Cuban, and the fastest drummer to grace the thrash scene. And they started out as a new wave band.
Show No Mercy was not, in fact, a thrash release, other than two tracks that shall be mentioned now. The Antichrist was the thrashiest song the band did until haunting the chapel, and is one of their set staples to date. It is fast, aggressive, has some of the most evil lyrics of its time, and one of the grooviest solos i have ever ***ing heard. This song was, and always will be, a classic of the bands discography.
Die By The Sword is another set staple, and is the best song on the album. This is one that had a really cheesy opening whenever they performed it live back in the day, and has the best main riff to any song the band put out until South Of Heaven.
Every member of the band put in their best performance on this album, to make the most intense album of its time.
This album really is a classic of its time. The riffs are the best of their age, and teh solos are more ***ing tuneful than Slayer could ever really get. This was before the whammy bar insanity that was Reign In Blood. A classic album, that needs no introduction.