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Hell Awaits

Slayer Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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Hell Awaits + Show No Mercy + Reign In Blood
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1. Hell Awaits
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4. Praise Of Death
5. Necrophiliac
6. Crypts Of Eternity
7. Hardening Of The Arteries

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5.0 out of 5 stars slayer found their niche May 16 2004
By mitch
Format:Audio CD
Wowww! what a progression from the previous album show no mercy. Mercy was a great first album but slayer was still green and hadnt quite found their signature sound yet. With Hell Awaits they created the sound that would make them metal kings all through the 80s and into the 90s. After reading other customer reviews of this album i disagree with many of their statements. First off this album is not a bridge or a warm-up to Reign in Blood. This apart from Reign in Blood is a metal classic. This is slayer is their purest rawest form. This album is a must for any hardcore slayer fan. Secondly the production does not ruin this album. This was made in 1985. Listen to any thrash album made in 85 and you will experience similar if not worse production. It is actually produced 10x better than megadeth-killings my business and metallica- killem all. Also the album has been remastered, i know my copy is. and whats the big deal about necrophyillac. Why is everyone whining about the crude lyrics, this is slayer not elton john. plus the song absolutely rips a king and hanneman classic. Easily one of the best early thrash albums and it remains a timeless classic. Just as underated and unfairly judged as South of Heaven. i dont see any reason to give a slayer album from Hell Awaits through Seasons in the Abyss less than 5 stars. they are all classics. long live the thrash kings Hail slayer!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential classic May 15 2004
By Oleg
Format:Audio CD
If you like Slayer, do not even think about missing this CD. Same goes for any thrash fan. This has some of Slayer's best songs - Hell Awaits, Kill Again, At Dawn they Sleep, Necrophiliac and some of their most inventive riffs period. Reign in blood was more of a "lets' be the heaviest band in the world" record, while this has Slayer trying to get creative, and actually use a few different sounds (Crypts of eternity - the back and forth singing of Tom, etc etc) There's no filler on the album, unlike on Reign, because Reign had a more monotnous sound, too "kerry king" heavy. This more "heavy" crunch approach on Reign has led them to lose the "evil" charm displayed perfectly on Hell Awaits. The lyrics aren't that ridiculously dumb on this CD either...a few of the lines on Hell Awaits actually had me thinking of how Kerry could possibly come up with that (Kerry!). The amount of riffs per song is quite impressive compared to RIB, and they're all such great Slayer, and thrash-defining riffs. The riffs were not as downtuned, so you could hear the bass, they were not burrowed or lifted from previous songs (in RIB you can hear the Hell Awaits riffs) , they were not as simple, and also were evil and very memorable. 1985 was the time when Slayer was still young, when their material was at the most creative state for their time. This is a masterpiece, and RIB was also great, but this is better imo. If they re-produced it , everyone would probably notice what I'm saying - but don't let the production fool you one bit! (it's not bad anyway)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Could Be Your Soundtrack... April 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
I will never understand why this album is always rated as one of SLayer's lesser efforts. Along with the Haunting The Chapel EP, this was where Slayer began to truly find their own sound. They touched up their standard thrash formula with dissonance and sinister-sounding melodies, then expanded song lengths and increased the musicianship to progressive rock heights. The result is a very cool sounding version of Slayer that no other record of theirs really showcases. The stunning title track sounds like youre going to Hell, and when you get there its a Slayer concert. "Kill Again" is some good thrash peppered with fantastic drumming, while "Necrophilliac" is a dissonant work of metal art. The more complex musical side of Slayer is evident on the odd time signatures, screaming solos, and mind-boggling drum fill that show up on the beautiful "At Dawn They Sleep" and the excellent "Crypts Of Eternity". Although the production is a little stiff and 80's sounding, you can hear the bass loud and clear - a rarity on a Slayer record. And while Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman give their usual great performances, it's the phenomenal Dave Lombardo who steals the moment, proving himself to be one of the absolute best drummers in heavy metal. All in all, a should-be classic. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash Metal masterpiece Feb. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Hell Awaits" was released in mid 1985 to an unsupecting metal world. The so called "Thrash Metal" movement had started 2 years earlier with the release of METALLICA's "Kill 'em All", an album that set the pace for most extreme metal acts through out the 80's and 90's. But close behind were SLAYER, L.A. metal maniacs who took METALLICA's ferocious sound one step further. "Hell Awaits" is the band's second official Album and we can hear a band growing fast musically while at the same time becoming more and more aggressive and hardcore-like. Unlike "Show No Mercy" (Slayer's debut album), "Hell Awaits" has literally no relation to any sort of Heavy Music that predated it. The songs had a "minor key" feel to them, making them sound like a Sebastian Bach on metamphetamines, and the speed of drummer Dave Lombardo paid huge respect to the hardcore punk scene Slayer was so fond in praising. Producer Bill Metoyer did an excellent job in making SLAYER sound as brutal as ever but at the same time gave them a polished sound. Lyric wise, the band continued with their songs about death, destruction and satan...shock value at its most extreme. Yet, the lyrics were written in a way that at least made you think if these guys were the real deal with Satan. Songs like "Kill Again", "Necrophliac", "Hardening of the Arteries" and the title track are performed with a brutal intensity that is rarely heard in today's "Nu Metal" bands. Even 17 years after its release, "Hell Awaits" is a defining moment in the annals of Heavy Music.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can't rate what you never recieve
They offer it, they just don't bother to order it for you. 4 months and counting, has been in stock at the UK distro the whole time. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2010 by AOI
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell of a album
If you're looking for something to knock your socks off look no further. Some of Slayers finest tracks are on this album...intense...intense...intense... Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by C. Liebsch
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a stepping stone
people need to stop referring to hell awaits as a transition between show no mercy and reign in blood... its a force all its own and that needs to be appreciated! Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars hands down the BEST slayer album
its pretty much common metal knowledge that reign in blood is the classic of slayer's "glory period" and hell awaits is the often overlooked underdog. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by this kid
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most influential metal records
To me, the series of Slayer records from the 1984 "Haunting the Chapel" EP up to the 1991 double live "Decade of Aggression" is the absolute classic of... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Ilya Malafeyev
4.0 out of 5 stars Slayer's most evil and underrated offering
Although Slayer is not my favorite band, their first 3 albums (and EP) are essential thrash classics. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by C. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash fan
wow, this record is almost as good as reign in blood, if it had more songs, but this record is one of their best album of al time...this is a must have of course!
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Tobbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Im looking for a word better than awesome.
this is one another classic trash metal album from Slayer.
If you dont have it, buy it right now or go k*ll yourself.
If youre the guy at amazon. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell on Earth
People often hail "Reign in Blood" as Slayer's best. I totally disagree. "Hell Awaits" is better in every aspect. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by Amduscias
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