Being a metal fan for years, getting into Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden at first, it was only natural that I would discover Slayer. I was never big on Slayer's iamge and lyrics, so I steered clear of them for asome time, but I eventually gave them a try. I, like most people getting tinto Slayer, started off with the albums Reign In Blood and Seasons iN The Abyss. i was amazed by their guitar musicianship! These guys were good! After that I decided to give their debut album at ry. I was blown away. Again, I wasn't big on their lyrics, buut the guitar work was awsome! Show No Mercy's guitars aren't quite as thrashy sounding as on latter albums. On this album the guitars sound more crisp and clear. CHeck out the intro to The Antichrist, its absolutly amazing, and the intro Metal STorm to the song Face the Slayer is mind bending. The songs Die By THe Sword and Tormentor almost make me cry with happiness. These guys were great even in their early days. And Tom's voice is superb here! He souns so youthful, and his voice is crisp an dhe can get thosee screams out perfectly! It's a shame that his voice has really given out lately. His voice, especially on Slayer's last three albums, has showed major wear. I have heard all of Slayer's albums and I can easily say that SHow No Mercy is one of their best! Even if your weary of trying Slayer because of their extreme image and lyrical use (as I am even today), give htem a try because their guitar musicianship! I can't stress how good Kerry King and crew are at this! They are definitly one of the best in the metal genre!