After the average Divine Intervention, and the covers album Undisputed Attitude, Slayer realized that they wanted to do something a little bit differently on this release with the excellent Rick Rubin. By adding downtuned guitars, thick grooves, and great songwriting, Slayer slows down (a little) and shows why they are easily one of the greatest metal bands on the planet. Even with the moments of faux-rapping on Love to Hate and Stain of Mind, this is far—very far from nu-metal. This is still angry thrash with loads of ripping guitar solos. Instant classics include Bitter Peace, Overt Enemy, Stain of Mind, and Scrum. This is a MUST purchase for fans of Reign In Blood, South of Heaven, and Seasons In The Abyss.
- With a Rick Rubin produced new album expected in 2007, the band s first in four years, Metallica churns the waters with its first-ever musicvideo retrospective. Featuring 21 videos and bonus features, spanning the album years 1989 to 2004, from And Justice For All to St. Anger, the collection showcases hard rock s greatest band. Ranked eighth on the list of the biggest selling groups in history, a
Limited edition of their 1998 album with a six track bonus disc featuring previously unreleased live versions of ’Raining Blood’, ’Chemical Warfare’, ’Mandatory Suicide’, ’Angel Of Death’, ’South Of Heaven’ and ’Dittohead’. The bonus CD is also an enhanced release with eight minutes of video clips, 26 photos & a website link. The main CD contains 12 tracks (that Rick Rubin produced), for a combined total of 18 tracks. Double slimline jewel case. 1998American/ Columbia release. If, as some suspect, Beelzebub has a soft spot for hard metal, he’ll be delighted with Slayer’s raucous return to form on the group’s eighth album. With producer Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Run-DMC) back at the helm, the thrash-metal pioneers have trimmed the excess flab that weighed them down in the early ’90s. Back in evidence is the clinical speed, power, and aggression that once made them metal’s most revered extremists. But while their trademark breakneck riffing remains, Slayer reaches beyond the old routines to pack a greater punch. ”Love to Hate” harbors a fat hip-hop groove, ”In the Name of God” toys malevolently with grunge-rock flavors, and ”Point” concludes the 11-song set at just under 110 miles per hour. Diabolus in Musica is an emphatic resurrection–and then some. –Steffan Chirazi
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I dont understand why this is voted as their worst….their worst album is Undisputed Attitude
this is everything Slayer….a celebration of war, perversion, and violence. the best songs being Point, Screaming From The Sky, Death’s Head, and Bitter Peace.
First off, to the other reviewers of this album, who call themselves “long-time slayer fans”, need to take a step back and reread their reviews. These reviews are not of a slayer fan. This album is as good as any other Slayer album. You have to understand where they are coming from. Slayer are so diverse, they can write slow, sludged out songs. They can also write fast, shredding songs with lyrics about murder and satan. My favorites off of this album are Point, In the name of god, Death’s head, Stain of mind, Overt enemy, and Screaming from the sky.
I just got into Slayer about a year ago, but since then I’ve gotten into them with a vengeance. I’ve had the privilege of being able to listen to all of their albums in a very short period of time, and out of Slayer’s albums I would rank “Diabolus In Musica” right at the top. This album somehow manages to sound even more sinister than their previous work, with a really dark and foreboding mood to the songs. The bass is a little more evident here than on Slayer’s previous work, which is a good thing as Tom Araya’s crunching bass notes add another dimension to the music. Vocally, Araya relies more on a somewhat screamed sound as opposed to the mix of singing and growling that was found on albums like “South of Heaven” and “Seasons in the Abyss.” The grinding, sludgy guitars and Paul Bostaph’s astonishingly nimble drumming give this album a dark groove that sets it apart from Slayer’s older works while simultaneously paving the way for last month’s somewhat similar release “God Hates us All.” Standouts include the very catchy “Love to Hate,” the speedy “Point,” and the chunky and heavy “Screaming From the Sky.” This album boasts an excellent array of styles, with Slayer’s rock solid musicianship still in place.
I have been a Slayer fan before Reign in Blood broke all the rules regarding thrash, ferocity, and brutality. South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss remain masterpieces, worthy of continued praise. Than along comes Diabolus in Musica! Many “so called” die-hard Slayer fans complained the band comprised its roots by aiming this disc towards nu-metal fans. A veteran band like Slayer can’t re-cycle music that shows a regression in ability. They needed to re-invent themselves, while not alienating thier fan base. Diabolus is Slayer! Powerfull, heavy as hell, brutal, and dare I say, they have incorporated some “groove”. They have not comprised any of the savage approach that has made them the KINGS of metal. Standouts include: Bitter Piece, Stain of Mind, and Scrum. Is this their best album, I don’t know, the album just kicks ASS!