Friday, July 3, 2009

Slayer - Christ Illusion

8/10

Now this is more like it. Slayer finally dumps all traces of nu-metal and goes back to what made them great in the first place. These songs thrash instead of groove (although even the slower sections are cool) and are filled with tons of memorable passages, and the soloing is just as strong as it's ever been.
A few songs have some flaws (for example, "Cult" is strong but goes on 50% longer than it really needs to), but this is easily their best release since "Seasons in the Abyss". Oh, and Dave Lombardo is back behind the skins, but I don't think whoever was drumming really affected how good the albums were (even though I almost exclusively gave the ones without him worse grades than the ones with him).
Also, there must be some really die-hard Slayer fans at Wikipedia. Not only has the band's article been featured on the front page, but so have the articles for the albums Reign in Blood, South of Heaven, and Christ Illusion and the articles for the songs Angel of Death, Eyes of the Insane, and Jihad. They're all very well-written articles, though, so it doesn't seem [i]that[/i] excessive.

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