There are few bands that really make political statements so perfectly, and Slayer has always been one that really hides it perfectly in their lyrics and makes you eventually start to listen and think.
The long-awaited release from Slayer proves that while they may have been around for a long time, they are still one of the strongest bands out there. Being an old fart (well sort of) Slayer is one of my top bands. Add to it that Kerry keeps snakes, and we have a winner. But I digress.
Some of the songs are a tad slower than in the past, however, no less powerful. It is wonderful to have the gang back together. It is also to know that thrash metal still lives in its most perfect form. This album is also one of the most protested ones they have put out in a while. I actually heard of churches planning on going out and visiting record stores in Wisconsin to save the hordes of Slayer fans from losing their souls. Thankfully I pre-ordered my CD with a new Wermacht shirt. The old shirt is in storage now as I can not longer wash it without it falling apart. But once again my brain is straying.
In my opinion, "Catalyst" is lyrically the best Slayer song ever written. Of course that is because I closely associate with the words.
Attitude is my addiction
I live life with no regrets
Unlike you it's my conviction
That sets me apart from the rest
Then again the words speak of how I live my life exactly. Never look back and never have regrets.
"Jihad" is another great song. It has the lovely slow grind that is almost a Slayer trademark. Even without Tom's vocals I could easily know it was Slayer. "Cult," the first single, is another phenomenal classic song. My only complaint with the entire CD, in fact, is the very beginning intro to "Skeleton Christ" is kinda cheesy, however, the song on a whole is fantastic.
Slayer, dark as ever, does not disappoint. Heavy on themes and lyrics that make you think, it left one person I know asking "What did God ever do to them." If nothing more than inspiring a great album, I'm not complaining.
Lastly, as in the past, Larry Carroll did a great job on the cover art.