Slayer
Haunting the Chapel


5.0
classic

Review

by Griffin_Page USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 60 replies | 11,622 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Slayer
1984
Haunting the Chapel
Metal Blade Records


I am here to review Haunting the Chapel by Slayer. This CD, while only four songs long, is a great little record, with what I feel is the best Slayer song ever, Chemical Warfare.

History
Slayer had just released their debut album, Show No Mercy. This band, composed of Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Kerry King (guitars), Jeff Hanneman (guitars), and DAve Lombardo (drums), were the fastest and heaviest of the thrash bands yet. In their early days, they all donned huge spikes and nails along with corpse paint and the like. They settled the image down soon after they realized that the fans just wanted to hear the music. After Show No Mercy, Slayer went on their first true tour, during which they made almost no money. They had written a few songs on the road, and decided to release them on an EP to pass the time from the first to the second album. Haunting the Chapel was born.

Song-by-Song

Chemical Warfare
This song blew away everything thrash and metal at the time. In fact, in 1984, this may have been the fastest metal song in existance. The song is about the new age of warfare known to man. It describes the mass death and screwed up tactics involved with chemical warfare, and details 'soldiers defeated by death from a smell'. This song is definately a powerful one, and the solos on it are pretty **** cool as well. The second part of the first solo is one of my favorite Slayer solos ever. Great song.

Captor of Sin
Starting off with a thrashy solo section, this song is another solid thrash song. Mixed differently than Chemical Warfare, it almost feels like it's from a different album. The chorus is extremely powerful and the song itself is very powerful. Good song.

Haunting the Chapel
The title track off of this album is also a great song. The beginning riffs are just pure thrash magick, and the song continues the same. I personally love the solos on this song as well. Every riff here is well worth the time spent learning to play. Great song.

Aggressive Perfector (Bonus Track for ReMastered Version)
This song is the original version of the one available on the remastered Reign in Blood album. About half as fast, it is an interesting one to listen to, especially if you've heard the quicker version. There aren't many differences, although the 'breakdown' riff before the solos is more complicated on this version than on the other, and the solos are different. Great song both ways.

5/5.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
DimebagDarrell
June 2nd 2004



65 Comments


i totally agree with your review i really need this album

chemical warfare rules :evil:

manuscriptreplica
June 2nd 2004



431 Comments


I only like Chemical Warfare on this album.

2/5

LordDargon
June 2nd 2004



165 Comments


I downloaded Captor of Sin the other day, not bad a little slow. You should have hyped up Chemical Warfare more though ONE OF THE BEST GOD DA.MNED SONGS IN THE MOTHERFU.CKING WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

CHEMICAL WARFARRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEE
*dundundundundundundundundundundundundundundundun*

5/5

Griffin_Page
June 2nd 2004



60 Comments


Yes, its a great song... I love to play that song, so fun. Tis the greatest thrash song ever in my opinion.

TheUnavoidable
June 2nd 2004



16 Comments


Nice review. :thumb:

It's kinda hard to listen to Captor Of Sin after hearing At The Gates version of it, which IMO tears the original a new asshole. But still a great album.

Griffin_Page
June 2nd 2004



60 Comments


I haven't heard that version.. I suppose I'll go get it and check it out. I doubt I'll like it as much tho, Hanneman's tone and Araya's yell are probably what make me love Slayer the most.

DisposableHeroes
June 4th 2004



6 Comments


I love that album( i got it with live undead included), great review! Chemical warfare is easily one of the greatest thrash songs recorded

maggotfelon
June 4th 2004



2 Comments


I've got all 13 Slayer CD's and this definately isn't one of the better albums. but how the ****mcould you not love em. Captor of Sin and ****ing Chemical Warfare are awesome.

Griffin_Page
June 4th 2004



60 Comments


[QUOTE=maggotfelon]I've got all 13 Slayer CD's and this definately isn't one of the better albums. but how the ****mcould you not love em. Captor of Sin and ****ing Chemical Warfare are awesome.[/QUOTE]

To me, Hell Awaits, Haunting the Chapel and Reign in Blood are their greatest.. which ones do you like best?

Griffin_Page
June 9th 2004



60 Comments


[QUOTE=kolin666]yea they are all great albums but dont forget diablous in musica, not as heavy as some of the 1's but damm sweet all the same! especially bitter sweet n screaming from the sky[/QUOTE]

Yeah, not a thrash album, but pretty cool all the same. I don't like the parts where he sings weird tho, just not what I dig hearing from Slayer. Maybe I'll review that one sometime.. or you can.

naboo
June 9th 2004



39 Comments


Hmmm... I'll have to pick this one up, I love old Slayer.

Nice review by the way.

Griffin_Page
June 10th 2004



60 Comments


Thanks man

It's a great CD.. only 4 songs, but magnificent nonetheless.

southofheaven666
June 10th 2004



6 Comments


[QUOTE=Griffin_Page]To me, Hell Awaits, Haunting the Chapel and Reign in Blood are their greatest.. which ones do you like best?[/QUOTE]


i think South of Heaven is the best one

sweet review too :thumb:

manuscriptreplica
June 10th 2004



431 Comments


Show no Mercy is the best... Evil has No Boundaries, The Antichrist, Show no Mercy, Metal storm/face the Slayer... it can do no wrong!

Griffin_Page
June 10th 2004



60 Comments


You forgot Fight 'Til Death... one of the coolest riffs ever!

YDload
June 10th 2004



1207 Comments


I tend to like the songs on Show No Mercy better too, but I can't find the album in stock anywhere!

southofheaven666
June 10th 2004



6 Comments


^^same problem here

FatalEnergy
June 10th 2004



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like Hell Awaits the best,but Haunting the Chapel is a close 2nd for my fav Slayer Album

southofheaven666
June 10th 2004



6 Comments


hell awaits would probly be my 2nd it wouldve been Reign in Blood but theres too many Slayer posers out there and they know that album is good and just say its their fav. cuz everyone else does

mexicanfloydian
July 20th 2004



165 Comments


I only know chemical warfare from this album, but it kickass.



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