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  • I’ve been a Slayer fan for almost 15 years now, and I clearly remember how in a promo-interview after “Seasons in the Abyss” was released in 1990 Tom Araya promised, that from that year on they would release a new album every year, because they felt very creative. And then… BANG! Dave Lombardo left the band, and there was 4 years of silence.Upon listening to this record, on one hand, I was really happy to have yet another violent thrash record by my favourite band at that time. On the other, something was missing. That something was the diversity of the drums that only Lombardo could provide. I’m not saying that Paul Bostaph is a bad drummer, no way, but he has certain limitations. These limitations lead Slayer into more punkish/hardcore realm with their music. Like “Seasons in the Abyss” crossed with something like D.R.I. With that change, the vocal style has changed too, to more hardcore angry tone, and again, diversity was lost on the way.While I like most of the songs offered here, some of them just don’t glue with me. And seeing how this path ultimately has broought Slayer to an utter disgrace in form of “God Hates Us All”, I can only sigh, because “Divine Intervention” proves that, while pleasantly violent, it’s not classic Slayer any more, and never will there be.

    Posted on February 8, 2010