This album would probably be really good if it wasn't 2009 and Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons in the Abyss hadn't already been around for ages. World Painted Blood strikes me nothing more than Slayer trying to show their fans that they can still sound the exact same, though I don't understand exactly why they'd want to do that. Sure there's some great riffs to be found in here every now and then, but as a whole World Painted Blood is an underwhelming and completely superfluous album. Oh, and the production blows too.
LOL at the people bitching as to why Slayer didn't change their sound. Uh fucking A Thor you gave Christ Illusion a 4 and this is virtually the same record, maybe give or take some br00tality + a ridiculously shit mix courtesy of the guy that killed Death Magnetic (yeah you fucking asshole Greh Fidelmann, you fucking suck and never get near a mixing board ever again). Dudes this age are usually planning their check-out ticket, not delivering thrash that (no matter how crap compared to RIB/SOH) still kicks the crap out degenerates like Metallica and breaks necks everywhere.
Good review. I found this album to be generic and poorly written. The musical concept is pretentious and dull, the guitars are rehashed riffs of yesteryear, the lyrics are flat out bad and the solos are rushed and unimpressive (at least for whats expected from Kerry King). Overall the album is a flop.
World Painted Blood feels like it's trying to accomplish and be a lot of things but all it manages to do is sound like the Slayer we all know without any sort of vigor or liveliness to keep things interesting or even enjoyable.