Do not listen to any critic who slams this album for being too slow, commericial, or boring. It is none of those. What it is is a band of experienced musicians evolving and playing their asses off. This one is alot slower than Reign in Blood but that is what makes it unique and stick out more than any other album in the slayer catalogue. Id have to say this is the most listenable album slayer has ever made. There is no filler and every song has rememberable guitar parts brought to you by the masters hanneman and king. Tom Araya is also at his best here, singing instead of screaming and yelling. The lyrics have also evolved from cartoonish over the top satanism to real life portrayals of nazi germany, serial killers, false prophets, and pychotic minds. This album grows on you with every listen, although its not as fast or groundbreaking as reign in blood it is my personal favorite of their releases. What a band , what an album, ignore the critics buy this now and enjoy what metal is all about.