Slayer
World Painted Blood


2.5
average

Review

by James Grant USER (14 Reviews)
March 30th, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haven't we heard this all before?

Slayer, a more than respected act in the world of thrash and metal in general. In the 80's, Slayer were one of the most consistent acts in their genre; releasing classics such as 'Seasons in the Abyss', 'Reign In Blood' and 'Hell Awaits'. While two of those aforementioned albums showcased Slayer's balls to the wall approach, 'Seasons' was different. The band started experimenting with tempo changes and began to move towards a more accessible form of thrash metal. Fast-forward 20 years to Slayer's most recent record: 'World Painted Blood'. Does the album incorporate anything new into the bands fold and manage to be as memorable in the process? The answer is a firm no. While there are a handful of above-average tracks on this LP, I (and many others, surely) can't shake off the idea that Slayer were just going through the motions here.

The album opens with the blistering title track 'World Painted Blood'. While the main riff displayed on this track is something Slayer have done countless times in the past, the memorable chorus chant of "World Painted Blood!" and Lombardo's solid drum performance make this one of the more enjoyable tracks on the LP. The next track 'Unit 731' sets the tone (mostly) for the rest of the album: a bland riff repeated over and over again which begs the listener to skip. I know full and well that Slayer have never been known to experiment all that much from LP to LP, but they have always been able to maintain a certain level of interest in most of their work. On this LP, however, the writing just feels lifeless and throws away all of the fun aspects found in Slayer's release prior to this, 'Christ Illusion'.

Having said all of this, the album is not all doom and gloom. Tracks such as: 'Hate Worldwide', 'Psychopathy Red' and 'Playing With Dolls' all have that classic 'Slayer' feel to them. The tempo maintained throughout the tracks is furious and the riffs demand some form of attention. Slayer even try to incorporate something new into their arsenal through the track 'Americon'. Even though I can credit the band for trying something different, the track as a whole just doesn't work. The track feels like an awkward attempt at accessibility and just ends up being a laughable experimentation; which is unfortunate.

When listened to as a whole, Slayer's most recent effort puts forth a handful of decent tracks when compared to their releases in the mid-to-late 90's. However, when compared to their classics none of the tracks found on this LP can hold a candle to any of those works. What Slayer have released here is an album that, overall, feels rushed and lazy; which is something their last album 'Christ Illusion' didn't fall victim to. It is certainly going to be interesting to see where Slayer go from here...or potentially uninteresting.



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BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just a quick write-up.

Album has some serious issues and receives too much acclaim.

ViperAces
March 30th 2013


12485 Comments


i remember loving the title track back in 7th grade

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah its kinda fun.

ViperAces
March 30th 2013


12485 Comments


good review, i wasnt really going to check it out anyway, but now i wont for sure.


BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cheers man, yeah theres nothing on here thats really 'amazing'.

thumbcrusher
March 30th 2013


3607 Comments


good review, only thing i noticed was that you wrote memorable twice in the space of a few words in the 2nd sentence of the 2nd paragraph

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BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll change that man, thanks.

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bitch who neg'd, show yourself.

Pestiferous
March 30th 2013


1341 Comments


what do you want

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn Pesti.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, have a pos. I disagree (obviously) but each to his own. Playing With Dolls is fucking creepy.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find it incredible though that you didn't once mention some of the insane lead parts King and Hanneman pull out throughout the album, tho I agree about Americon.

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A lot of differing opinions on this.

Just find it repetitive with only a few riffs to take away.

PsychicChris
March 30th 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUTHFUCKIN' OIL!

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some dick is ghost neggin my reviews, sad motherfucker.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2013


15026 Comments


It was me.

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BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Jaccy, no fair :/

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2013


15026 Comments


I actually didn't neg, nor did I pos cuz I didn't actually read the review. Actually I think I did and I felt like being a capricious cunt so I neg'd but I can re-address that if you want, don't expect that neg to disappear though cuz it actually wasn't me srsly I'm sorry I appear to be rambling.

BigPleb
March 30th 2013


37588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just pos if you would do kindly, or just bump it hehe

TheSpirit
March 30th 2013


17990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album sucks. Used to hate Slayer then I saw them live. Now they are wonderfully mediocre

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