Monday, June 29, 2009

Slayer - Diabolus in Musica

4/10

Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with the critical consensus that Diabolus in Musica is Slayer's nu-metal album; Slayer stoop to all that genre's cliches here. Rap-like vocal cadences, dumb vocal filters, and repetitive, "groovy" riffs rule the day. Fortunately, Slayer at least is more talented than your typical nu-metal schlubs, but the songwriting is just so terrible that there's little to enjoy here; not one song is strong all the way through (although some have some pretty good passages that sound like vintage Slayer). The whole thing just feels to calculated, and not chaotic like earlier Slayer albums.
At least there are still some cool solos, and the album's still pretty heavy in places. But those can only take an album so far when there's so much blatant pandering. At least the songs are short, unlike another album of the same ilk by another of the Big Four thrash bands that I can think of.

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