Slayer
Seasons in the Abyss


4.0
excellent

Review

by DragonHeartstring USER (48 Reviews)
July 4th, 2013 | 37 replies | 1,009 views


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rules m/

2 of 10 thought this review was well written

Slayer are one of those bands you should either know or should be locked away from humanity. Their musical prowess is only eclipsed by their impact on the thrash metal scene, and they refused to put a foot wrong in the early part of their career. Seasons In The Abyss is often seen as being one of the band's best works, frequently ranked up there with Reign In Blood as being one of the masterpieces, and this legacy is more than earned here. The album was released in 1990, contains ten tracks and every one of them is as solid as the last.

Before getting into the songs themselves, the individual performances from the members here is about as tight as could be asked for. Tom Araya sounds like a pissed off Nigerian who just learned that the local well had dried up, whereas the two guitarists also make the sonic equivalent of another Nigerian, this time pissed off that all the bananas on their tree had died. The drumming here captures Dave at the pinnacle of his drumming abilities,, with some awesome fast-paced thrash beats that he himself helped to popularize with his legendary performance on Reign In Blood. The mixing is also very good, ensuring that what needs to be heard is audible, whilst the bass is sort of there just doing its thing in the background, keeping up with the guitars but rarely doing anything else.

War Ensemble is a tyrannical opener that kicks it off with a bang, and is noteworthy for that awesome scream of the word "war" in the middle section. This track is somewhat like Angel Of Death in the sense of its structure including a middle slower bit that keeps the listener interest but whether it eclipses that masterpiece is for you to decide. Hallowed Point is another fast cut that thunders ahead faster than a Chinese driver (prob the one from Tokyo Drift) and has some really graphic lyrics that add a lot to it. For the slower sound the band went for on South Of Heaven, it makes a return here with Dead Skin Mask in particular being quite creepy. Skeletons Of Society and the title track are two other slower numbers that hit hard with some of the best riffs in the band's history. In fact, the title track to this album could be considered one of the best songs Slayer have put out.

The main problem with this album is the real disjointed feel. Whilst the two different styles are nicely balanced in terms of numbers, the fact is that Slayer should either write a fast album or a slow album and not try to appeal to the masses. Look at what happened when CrapTallica started doing this. This is still an incredible dose of thrash that everyone should check out. *** off.



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TheSpirit
July 4th 2013



16657 Comments


Awful review neg'd

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KILL
July 4th 2013



67023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WAAAAAARRRRRRRR

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facupm
July 4th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

second review you write for the same album if im not mistaken


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Titan
July 4th 2013



4799 Comments


you've had better days Skele

ViperAces
July 4th 2013



12357 Comments


2012 was one year ago : D

oltnabrick
July 4th 2013



29282 Comments


Wow amazing review

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Tyrael
July 4th 2013



20393 Comments


ye amazing review bro











































sike

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oltnabrick
July 4th 2013



29282 Comments


Pos anyway


Show support

Tyrael
July 4th 2013



20393 Comments


pos to raise money for skele's psychotherapy sessions

oltnabrick
July 4th 2013



29282 Comments


agreed, stay strong skeletorissatan

Pestiferous
July 4th 2013



1156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Slayer are one of those bands you should either know or should be locked away from humanity."

must all your revs start this way?

facupm
July 4th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it seems so

CameoLover
July 4th 2013



415 Comments


gr8 summary neg

ChopSuey
July 4th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Tom Araya sounds like a pissed off Nigerian who just learned that the local well had dried up, whereas the two guitarists also make the sonic equivalent of another Nigerian, this time pissed off that all the bananas on their tree had died."

lol wtf pos

zaruyache
July 4th 2013



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bad and racist.

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Hawks
July 4th 2013



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I see Skele hasn't died irl yet. Soon hopefully.

CameoLover
July 5th 2013



415 Comments


About 10 minutes ago a guy tried to break into my truck.
He was a long-legged, pissed off Puerto Rican.

ChopSuey
July 5th 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was random

Ire
July 5th 2013



41453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gaw

Rastapunk
July 5th 2013



661 Comments


"Slayer are one of those bands you should either know or should be locked away from humanity."

Instant neg



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