For nearly 25 years, Slayer have remained the most important and influential Speed Metal band in history. God Hates Us Allis their 2001 album featuring 13 tracks including 'Darkness Of Christ', 'New Faith', 'God Send Death' and more. Warner.
On first listening to God Hates Us All
, one immediately fears a terrible regression to the Slayer who were so desperate to shock that their lyrics became nothing more than a dull catalogue of historical evil-doings and painful ways to die, and whose sound was reduced to an annoying, structure-less buzzing, lacking all weight and power. After the introductory "Darkness of Christ", the band burst into "Disciple", an enraged howl backed by a mean riff that increases in momentum till the guitars begin to blur. But, thankfully, there's a saving grace: the drums, though searingly fast in their rolls, don't attempt to out-run the over-heating guitars. Consequently, Slayer never lose control, retaining their heaviness and vitality as the tom-tom rumble of "New Faith" leads them into "Bloodline", with its chopping "Children of the Grave"-style riff and electric shriek of a solo. Here's a further improvement--Slayer's solos are always brief, brutal shudderings, often, as in ! "Here Comes The Pain", sounding like some creature being quickly killed. The vocals too are notable in their refusal to descend to a bog-standard metal grunt (such a silly affectation). Though they occasionally lapse into predictable rap & grind ("Cast Down"), Slayer and producer Matt Hyde have kept this album true to the band's raison d'etre--it's shockingly heavy. --Dominic Wills