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Diabolus in Musica

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  • 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.

    Posted on February 14, 2010