Slayer
Diabolus in Musica


3.0
good

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
February 28th, 2006 | 126 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


'We're changing our sound into something new.' That phrase has almost struck more fear into fans of a band than anything else. And not only is it usually dismissed by critics, but also by fans. Such is the case for Slayer's CD, Diabolus in Musica. But don't get me wrong, there's some stuff on here definitely worth checking out.

Slayer has taken a new approach to writing music on this record. They've thrown out the old 'Seasons in the Abyss' sound that was present on 'Divine Intervention' and reworked a more 'groove' sound and in some cases, even a little 'nu-metal' into it.

What's Good About this Album -

- The sound quality. This is such a HUGE improvement over 'Divine Intervention'. The guitars no longer sound thin and whiney as they did on the previous record, the bass is audible, and the drum level isn't that high, so you don't just hear Paul pounding away all day.
- There are a few standout tracks here. The opener, 'Bitter Peace', pretty much mixes their new sound with their old perfectly. It has a long intro, about 1:10 minutes, and near the end it has a bassline that almost sounds like something Slipknot has done, somewhat. Then it builds up and blasts out some riffs that sound similar to 'Seasons in the Abyss', but packing more of a 'groovish' sound to it. A solo comes in around 3:00, and then is followed directly by another solo. The song ends with Tom shouting chopped words and everyone else following him accordingly. The next standout track would be 'Stain of Mind.' Just from the intro, you can hear where the 'nu-metal' sound has been incorporated. It just thumps around for a bit, especially the drums, before coming to a heavy-riff verse, then some whispering, then into the chorus. A solo comes in around 2:05, but it's mainly an effects solo, but its still good. Then back to a verse, a slow break with just the bass and Tom yelling, then chorus, and then the intro again and the song is done. Finally, the very last track, 'Point' is the highlight of the album. It's a lot faster than 'Stain of Mind' once it gets going, and it's just a bit faster than 'Bitter Peace'. This is their most 'thrash' sounding song on the album no doubt, and the lyrics remind of 'War Ensemble' almost. But don't think the two sound alike, because they defiantly do not. This is, once again, infused with a 'groove' sound, but the riffs are what sell this one. Jeff and Kerry weren't messing around when they wrote this. The solo that comes in near the beginning is nice, as well, as it mixes in some effects too. Also, there are two other solos, more reminiscent to Slayer's old style, basically one after another, right before the end.

What's not so Good -

- The new sound. It's not so much that they have moved so far away from their roots that their bad, but the way they infuse some of their new sound doesn't produce very good results. For instance, on 'Death's Hand', they come in with drums and bass that sounds like its from American Head Charge, and then later on in the song, everyone but Tom stops playing, and Tom starts playing a bassline that sounds like something off an old Slipknot CD, and then everyone else joins him. And the new 'infusion' of sounds won't save 'Screaming from the Sky' from being one of the most repetitive songs ever written. The main riff consists of 'chug-chugga'-esque playing that never variates at all, and is basically the only riff throughout the entire song. And if the disease of chugging riffs couldn't be more apparent on that track, then 'In the Name of God' will dismiss it completely. It just chugs along throughout the entire song, although slightly slower than 'Screaming from the Sky'. 'Desire' feels like rip-off of the track 'Divine Intervention', and is just horribly and blandly written.
- Tom's vocals. It seems he prefers to yell very loudly on this CD, as he does on 'God Hates Us All'. He has replaced his almost gruff-like talking into a yell, and it can get very annoying and repetitive at times. A prime example of this is 'Scrum'. There is no sign of him even trying to sound like his old-self, he just gets in front of the microphone and yells as loud as he can. Also, the lyrics on this album are just cheesy. 'You better learn my name, Cause I'm the one insane' come off the track 'Perversions of Pain'. These new lyrics try and outdo the previous ones from their past records, but they come nowhere near them.

OVERALL

This is nowhere near Slayer's best. If you're just now trying to get into Slayer, you better go pick Seasons in the Abyss, as it is their most accessible album they have released. If you're an old Slayer fan and you don't own this, give it a shot. Some people actually find this CD to be flat-out amazing. It's not bad at all, just not up to the standards they have set with previous albums.

OVERALL RATING: 3/5



Also, this is only my 2nd review. Feedback is much appreciated, just don't bash me if you really dont like it. Thanks!



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south_of_heaven 11
February 28th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

o yea, if anyone knows how to make words underlined, or bold, or anything else, let me know, cause i had some of the words on here like that, but it didnt copy over and i cant due it under the enter review part. if anyone could tell me thatd be great

spoon_of_grimbo
February 28th 2006


2241 Comments


slayer doing metalcore? sounds interesting. not necessarily good, but interesting... mite have to check this out. great review btw!

temporary
February 28th 2006


207 Comments


I'm not the biggest of Slayer fans, and I haven't heard this but your review was
excellent. To answer your question, just do [/u] and type in between the [u ]and
the
to make something underlined and do the same bold just replace the u's
with b's.This Message Edited On 02.28.06

Priestmetal
February 28th 2006


542 Comments


Dude you write excellent reviews. I've only heard a few songs off this and they weren't so good. Post 1995 Slayer is the "good" Slayer IMO.

south_of_heaven 11
March 2nd 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the more and more i thought about it...i decided i should've given this album a slightly lower score cause i guess a 3.5 is great and all, and this isnt really that great...my mistake...and thanks Obi One Kenodi for the info on how to underline words and stuff...much appreciated....and priestmetal, yea, i really agree with you on that one.

slayerized
April 1st 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Diabolus In Musica iz my 1st slayer album!!
It's totally awesome man!!!

south_of_heaven 11
April 1st 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wait, "slayerized", this was the FIRST Slayer album you picked up? ever? and is the only one you own?

if such is the case, i feel bad for you...check out south of heaven or show no mercy as fast you can...now!

SimonCore
April 23rd 2006


4 Comments


This by far Slayer's worst album. It's not all that bad however, but really not anything special at all. Stain of mind, and Bitter piece are killer tracks.

south_of_heaven 11
April 23rd 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea codiak...this isnt their best...or even close to it. May I recomend "South of Heaven", and if you're feeling up for an all-out-thrash fest, perhaps "Reign in Blood". Or "Show No Mercy". Wait, you know what, any Slayer album before this pretty much.

f_u_c_t
April 29th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

= codiak, i just got God Hates Us All, havent got around to listening to it yet though.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 29th 2006


4405 Comments


Damn South Of Heaven apparently it's not just "One Kill Wonder" that's got the curse. Great review by the way. Better than my second. Argh.

slayerized
May 5th 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha!!ofcoz thiz is not the only slayer album i have..

south_of_heaven 11
July 18th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is worse than I remembered.
/lowers rating.

dudeinthepassinglane
December 16th 2006


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Diabolous was my first Slayer album too - and I fuckin loved it! Sine then I've gotten into all their albums, and ya know what? iabolou is the worst! But it's still good, and if this were a new band reeasing Diabolous, we would be rejoicing. Besides, God Hates Us All & Christ Illusion totally make up for this album.

south_of_heaven 11
January 3rd 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm really digging Overt Enemy. That riff that throttles in at 3:21 is just sick.This Message Edited On 01.03.07

south_of_heaven 11
February 11th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Alright, I'm probably going to re-do this. But in all seriousness, "Point" is so unbelievably awesome it's not even funny. One of Slayer's best songs? You bet your a*s it is.

mudvaynegodsmackacdc
February 15th 2007


79 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The new sound's okay, but they have gone far away from their roots in this album. Nonetheless, good review and good stuff in Diabolus of Musica. "Bitter Peace" is a song that will now be added as one of Slayer's classics. Keep up the good work.

south_of_heaven 11
February 15th 2007


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually really, really like the new sound. I'm a minority in that, I believe. I like the thicker sound and brashness of most modern thrash, and Slayer perfected it with "Christ Illusion".
But yes, "Bitter Peace" is stellar. But "Point" owns it

tinathefatlard
March 24th 2007


1605 Comments


Good job i know you're a huge fan but you managed to stay away from being biased at all good job thats what a review should be

redtaperitual13
October 3rd 2007


23 Comments


this review is pretty good...

but you need to space it out a little more.



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