Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Slayer - God Hates Us All

4/10

This is kind of a notorious album, but that's probably more due to the combination of the title and release date than the music or lyrics- yes, this was released on September 11, 2001.
God Hates Us All is about on the same level as Diabolus in Musica, but it's just a little wilder. There's too much gratuitous swearing; Slayer's edginess worked because it was based on blasphemy and taboo subjects, not "fuck" being every third word. If I wanted cheap wall-to-wall profanity, I'd listen to any of a thousand mallcore bands. There's also a lame as hell spoken word part in "Seven Faces", and the production is just as nu-metal as the previous effort.
That said, the solos are just as wonderfully yucky as ever (this would probably get a 2 or 3 if they sucked); it's just that the songs around them are terribly written. One thing I really liked was the bass tone on "Cast Down" and "Seven Faces". It's creepy and alien-sounding; I was reminded of V'Ger's theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Unfortunately, it's one of the only unique touches in another sellout album for Slayer.

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