Slayer
Hell Awaits


5.0
classic

Review

by korgultheterminator USER (7 Reviews)
January 20th, 2014 | 25 replies | 924 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Join us in Hell! Or just headbang at the throne of the dark one. No, not Satan. Slayer.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Rarely does music sound so truly and horrifically evil as it does here. Slayer took the workings they made on debut "Show No Mercy" and intensified them to near perfection. They honed their craft, and in doing so created one of the absolute greatest metal albums of all time. That album is, of course, "Hell Awaits".

From the "Su nioj! Su nioj!" intro to the album cover of cattle and decapitated heads falling into a fiery pit of suffering, it seems as if the Satanic imagery and lyricism explored on "Show No Mercy" is comedically light compared to this. There is something truly unsettling about the introduction of an album being a group of demons enticing you to join them in Hell, but than again, what is more metal than that?

Gone are the influence ridden riffs, as now Kerry and Jeff are playing intense riffs that are now seen as the Slayer trademark. Tracks such as "Kill Again", "At Dawn They Sleep", and "Necrophiliac", hold some of the absolute greatest extreme metal riffs of all time in them. Riffs that are so iconic it's hard to really express in words how influential they have become as time has gone on. There are really only shreds of NWOBHM influence in these riffs, with "Necrophiliac" sounding a bit more old school British metal meets warp speed hellspawn. Now, for the most part, it has been replaced with pure malice and demon bile, thus creating some of the fiercest riffs to ever grace our blackened Earth. Kerry and Jeff, may he reign in peace, never really get much credit for their immense work in Slayer's early career. Sure, as time went on, things changed. But when don't they?

The real standout is Mr. Araya's vocal work. Devastatingly evil, and absolutely lightyears ahead of his time, there are growls, shrieks, and falsetto deliveries that must have sounded insane in 1985. Sure, Tom G. Warrior was UGHing all over the place in the early 80's with equally infuential and iconic group Hellhammer, but Tom Araya sounds truly horrifying on some of these tracks. When he says "I have seen the darkest pits of Hell!", you really do believe he really has. Again, as time went on, Tom may have lost some of his vocal prowess, but that's life. Can't stay young forever. But that doesn't diminish this performance or his current stuff. Because lets face it. Slayer still kills it. But "Hell Await" would sound a little less evil with Tom's insane vocal delivery. That's the key to delivering dark lyrics. Delivering them with the absolute darkest sound you can.


In conclusion, "Hell Awaits" is often regarded as one of the absolute greatest metal albums of all time, and rightfully so. This album so evil and dark it makes everything released after and before it seem lighter than a bag of fat free potato chips. As a whole, this is the best pound for pound release Slayer ever put out. Each song is a crafted beauty of evil and wretchedness, and each track paints a dark picture. One that has hung proudly in the halls of metal for almost three decades. You just can't beat this, and likely never will.



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Muisc4Life26
January 20th 2014



2489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent album!

1992
January 20th 2014



160 Comments


Probs my fav slayer

MoosechriS
January 21st 2014



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tempest--
January 21st 2014



12600 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXFuv7B-4lY

Fredosaurus
January 21st 2014



8 Comments


Its slayer dammit

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Araya dominates this album.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

zakalwe
January 21st 2014



6563 Comments


The intro to this scared me shitless as a kid. I thought it was route one to hell just for listening to the thing.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2014



9673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

The part that always freaked me out was in the middle of Necrophiliac, when Tom sings, "down... to the fiery pits of... heeeeeEEEEELLLLLLLL!!!"

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man the production is the most perfect thing ever.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2014



9673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

This album is the most perfect thing ever

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Joint fave Slayer man, its even better than RiB and SoH at times.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2014



9673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

It's my favorite by them, with RiB as a very close second and Show No Mercy at a close third. Then Seasons and then SoH

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Argh man, I have their first 5 all 4.5'd, so I can't really choose :[

BigBlob
January 21st 2014



1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell Awaits is like the best opener to a live show ever

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2014



9673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

@Pleb: So you think Show No Mercy is underrated as well? I've always loved it; the raw and embryonic nature of the album
is sorta the beauty of it, I think

BigBlob
January 21st 2014



1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

VVVWELLLCOMMMMEEEEE BHHHWWWWAAACCKKKK!!

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SNM is hella underrated, Antichrist and Black Magic have two of the most iconic riffs ever m/

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2014



9673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

And that brutal chorus of Die by the Sword \m/

erizen826
January 21st 2014



472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should probably get around to listening to this.

BigPleb
January 21st 2014



34033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Die by the Sword 6/5 hard m/

Yeah, you probably should man! Do it for Jeff m/



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