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.