4.5 Stars out of 5
Well, this is what any old school thrash fan has waited for. And they have got what they asked for. It’s the first Slayer album with Dave Lombardo since Seasons in the Abyss (1990). Many fans consider this to be their best album since that album. Personally I cxan’t say that cuz I also liked Diabolus and God Hates. Hell, I like every Slayer album (ok, I never really cared for Divine Intervention, to be honest), but a good album it is. And contrary to some morons, this is not nu-metal, and neither GHUA and DIM were. Those 2 albums were not exactly thrash due to the downtuned guitars but real metal they were. The only 2 bad things I can say about those albums are that the lyrics and the vocals were weak. But other than that they were great and unfairly criticized CDs. But on the other hand Chirst Illusion is REAL thrash, not nu-metal in any aspect. I mean, can nu-metal get so intense with a dual guitar shredding and an actual GOOD drummer? Also they classic Slayer lyrics are back, this is a anti-war and anti-christian/islam album, so… not for the easily offended. And it also has the hands down best production since South of Heaven. The bass here is also quite audible. But what really makes this album rule is the guitars. Kerry and Jeff have never played this good since the late 80’s.
So, why not 5 stars? Well, it’s not completely without flaws. I mainly have 2 complains here; a) For those who have missed the vocals on Hell Awaits, Reign in Blood, South of Heaven and Seasons, they are no different than those on DIM and GHUA (aside from the fact Tom doesn’t use the F-word every 2 seconds), they’re no too bad but I would be happier if they were rawer and angrier. b) The song ‘Catatonic’ is not too good. But besides, a near masterpiece. Everything here is amazing.
All the songs (except ‘Catatonic’) are good but my favorite is possibly the opener ‘Flesh Storm’ for the speed and solos. ‘Eyes Of The Insane’ is also very creepy. And I also like the 2 fan favorites ‘Cult’ and ‘Jihad’.
So, it’s not Reign in Blood, Hell Awaits or South of Heaven, but what is? This is one of the best pure thrash albums in years and one of my top 10 of metal in ‘06. Once you buy this, you’ll foget all about the new stuff from Megadeth and Anthrax and don’t get me started about those sellouts who put the middle finger to their old fans in 1991 (I think you know who I’m talking about).
UP THE IRONS!!!