This is considered by most to be Slayer’s peak.And who am I to disagree.This is Slayer firing on all cylinders,every side of the Slaytanic machine are represented here.The guitars sound like chainsaws from hell and the drums are like machinegun blasts of the apocalypse.War Ensemble is possibly the most vicious recording ever captured.Tom araya’s voice is incredible,mixing up vocal styles throughout.Thrash,death,doom metal,Its all here.After the smoke settles Slayer stand far above the hordes of generic death and black metal bands and are still the most intense and extreme metal band on the planet.
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This album stays in the tradition of “SOUTH OF HEAVEN” & “REIGN IN BLOOD”.
The blistering guitar riffs & the thundering drum beat, What METALHEAD wouldn’t like this album.
From the very start of this album it will blast you into a totally different dimension having you hanging on for your pathetic life.
SLAYER is the best when it comes to METAL, Checkout “EXPANIBLE YOUTH” better yet checkout the whole album it will rock you and won’t let go.
Keep this in mind this band started out hard and they haven’t quit yet!!
I rate this CD a 9 from 1to10!!
Everybody’s agreeing about Reign in Blood being excellent (and it is). Seasons in.. and South of.. appear to provoke a lot more YES/NO/BUT/THIS/THAT. And that’s exactly what these albums are about. You’ll have to listen twice if you’re addicted to the speed of Reign in.. But if you’re up to HEAVY, if you’re looking for the absolute best in trash metal, looking for the best compositions, the best drums (hail to you Dave), Arraya at the top of his voice and riffs that are still being copied but have only seldomly been improved upon, this is the one to buy.
From the blistering opening track “War Ensemble”, to the crushing “Dead Skin Mask”, to the title track reminiscent of Black Sabbath, this album is an entirely different experience from the “Reign in Blood” era Slayer, but still just as powerful and memorable. While the guitar work is still highly technical controlled chaos, and Araya’s voice seems more mature, Lombardo’s chops on drums are, as always, incredible. One particularly memorable moment is during a breakdown in the middle of “Spirit in Black”, where he rolls the bass drum with machine gun precision.
From start to finish this album shows a mature side of Slayer that both allowed them to grow as a band post-Reign, and still showcased what they did best.
The title of this review makes a bold statement, but I believe it to be true. After all, Slayer is the fastest and possibly the heaviest band in metal, and this is their best album. Reign In Blood is an extremely close second, but that album sometimes seems like one long song, whereas Seasons In The Abyss is much more diverse. SITA combines all the best elements of Slayer’s previous albums, while trying new ideas as well. The result is powerful thrash metal with an earth-shaking intensity that leaves you stunned. The first song on the album is War Ensemble, which cuts right to the chase with its’ intense heaviness, making it the ultimate war anthem. The second track, Blood Red, is more of a mid-tempo song with a classic-rock riff and lyrics about oppressive rule and genocide. Next comes Spirit In Black, which would fit perfectly on a Metal Blade-era Slayer album, and even includes references to the songs Hell Awaits and Raining Blood. It is a song all about life in Hell. The next song is Expendable Youth, which features lyrics about inner-city violence, along the lines of Iron Maiden’s ‘Gangland’, but with different insight. At the center of the album is Dead Skin Mask, the creepiest song ever written, with an eerie riff and lyrics about Ed Gein, one of America’s first serial killers, notorious for exhuming human corpses and decorating his house with their dead flesh. Toward the end of this song listeners hear a young child’s desperate cries for mercy. Next comes Hallowed Point, which is fast and heavy in the tradition of Reign In Blood, followed by Skeletons Of Society. I can only wonder why Skeletons Of Society is not usually considered a Slayer classic. It has great drumming and intelligent lyrics about anarchy and the downfall of modern civilization, such as “the rich became the beggars and fools became the wise”. This song is followed by Temptation, which features echoing vocals, perhaps meant to be evil voices inside your head tempting you to sin. The song asks the clever question “have you ever wondered why it seems the evil you’re attracted to?”. The second-to-last song on the album is another fast-tempo song called Born Of Fire, about Satan’s son, which is very brutal and leads to the grand finale. The album closes with my second-favorite Slayer song after Angel Of Death, the epic title-track Seasons In The Abyss. This song has lyrics, but the first two-and-a-half minutes are a dark and harrowing instrumental, almost like the soundtrack to descending to Hell after death. The song also has amazing guitar solos, as do all the songs on this great album. Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King will frequently switch back and forth from each other to create a sort of guitar duel, and the title-track is probably the best example of this on the album. In conclusion, all true heavy metal fans need this album. I highly recommend it if you don’t already have it. Kerrang! magazine chose it as the 1990 Album Of The Year, and it certainly deserves that distinction. Seasons In The Abyss is simply an amazing album.