Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

8/10

Seasons in the Abyss resides somewhere between Reign in Blood and South of Heaven on the speed scale. It doesn't do a whole lot that we haven't seen before, but at least it isn't quite as one-note as Reign in Blood was. There are a few weird choices with regards to Araya's vocals; his cadence on "Blood Red" is a bit similar to James Hetfield circa the Black Album (which is obviously a coincidence, what with that album not coming out until the following year), "Dead Skin Mask" has a creepy spoken-word intro, "Skeletons of Society" has some monotonous backing vocals, and "Temptation" features two different vocal tracks (the result of a recording error). It's not particularly groundbreaking, but it is effective.

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