Same style and bag of tricks as always,which is getting a little old and predictable. The thing that made the band's classic three albums (Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, & Seasons in the Abyss) so incredible was their willingness to experiment. Unfortunatle, Kerry King wrote most of this album, and he pretty much writes the same song about the same subject over and over again. Personally, I think the songwriting collaborations of Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya have made for some of the best and interesting Slayer songs over years (Jihad on this album would be an example). Dave Lombardo back on drums is a huge bonus, giving this album more of that classic Slayer drive. If you really like Slayer, you'll like this. However, I wouldn't recommend it as someone's first Slayer album. Go with one of the classic three.