This is their tip of the hat to the Punks of Rock.
I will have to admit that it takes a couple times before you really get into it!!
But remember it’s SLAYER give it a chance!!
I rate this album a 8 from 1to10!!
Pioneering metal band Anthrax, one of the genre’s most influential, innovative and respected groups, melded the speed and fury of hardcore punk with the guitars and vocals of heavy metal to help create speed and thrash metal. Now what many consider the group’s greatest album, 1987’s ”Among The Living,” has been expanded with bonus tracks and a concert DVD, and digitally remastered for the first time, for the CD+DVD package AMONG THE LIVING (DELUXE EDITION) ”Among The Living,” originally produced by Eddie Kramer and Anthrax, was the band’s third full-length album and featured the lineup of singer Joe Belladonna, lead guitarist Dan Spitz, rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, bassist Frank Bello and drummer Charlie Benante. Building on an underground following with signature tracks such as ”I Am The Law,” ”Caught In A Mosh” and ”Indians,” the album catapulted Anthrax to widespread recognition and earned the group’s first gold award. ”Among The Living” also marked the height of the band’s use of horror and comic book inspirations, with the title track and album cover image based on the Stephen King novel ”The Stand,” ”A Skeleton In The Closet” on King’s novella Apt Pupil, and ”I Am The Law” on the comic book character Judge Dredd. Added for the new AMONG THE LIVING (DELUXE EDITION) version are previously unreleased studio outtakes of ”Indians,” ”One World” and ”Imitation Of Life”; an instrumental of ”I’m The Man”; a live-in-Dallas 1987 version of ”I Am The Law”; and ”Bud E Luv Bomb And Satan’s Lounge Band,” originally released as the ”I Am The Law” b-side. The bonus DVD is the live-in-London concert film ”OIDIVNIKUFESIN (N.F.V.),” which went gold when issued on video in 1987.
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This is their tip of the hat to the Punks of Rock.
while metallica continues to perfect mediocrity in their efforts to become richer than dethklok, slayer have never compromised the spirit that so invigorated amerikan metal back in the day when ‘reign in blood’, ‘kill ‘em all’, & ‘bonded by blood’ (yeah ok, and ‘fistful of metal’) seduced our virgin ears with an intoxicating energy that was sorely lacking in metal then…a lesson learned – albeit a bit late – from the other clan of miscreants : punks
the spirit of smashing the grip of authority – be it political or spiritual – fit hand in bloody glove with the path that slayer was already on; and while honoring your heroes/influences with a tribute album wasn’t new even then, UA remains one of the best xamples of how it’s done. the results become almost originals as the choices are filtered through the rabid beast that has always been slayer
however, stopping with this album would do a huge disservice to the bands – and their compatriots – who inspired this singular effort. i know most amerikans are historically challenged, but this is easily within the memory of most of our father’s spent dna so there is no xcuse for not rediscovering the tattered blueprint that helped shape modern metal’s sordid affair with dissident energy
You would assume Slayer covering punk tunes would really be a logical idea even if you aren’t into punk. It just simply ends up not being good. The one original song on here “Gemini” gives you a good indication of what direction their next couple albums was gonna take. I gave two stars, one for “Gemini” and one for a good idea poorly executed.
I, too, used to dislike true hardecore punk, but with the help of this album and some others, I now really dig some of this stuff. The covers of some Minor Threat tunes on here, especially “Filler/I Don’t Want to Hear it” are incredible.
Dissent seems to be the overwhelming overtone throughout much of the album and that’s what Slayer is all about. This is nothing short of what I’d expect from them and is undoubtedly one of the best cover albums ever released.
Slayer-Undisputed Attitude ***
It’s far from being one of their best or strongest albums. In fact it is somewhere near the bottom of the list. Even for a cover album this seems weak. It is loud, and fast, and powerful yes but many of the tracks sound like noise.
As a massive fan of punk, and hardcore I was excited when I heard about this one. I was dissapointed needles to say. Araya is out of control here and it doesn’t seem like he is really into the songs, whats more is you can’t understand a single thing he says during most of the tracks.
All is not lost though. The Minor Threat cover ‘Guilty Of Being White’ is fantastic as is the reworking of The Stooges ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ which they change to ‘I Wanna Be Your God’ is true Slayer fashion. Also the single original track on the album ‘Gemini’ is a rare classic in the bands cannon.
Not the best or most satisfying Slayer album out there but for true fans it will be a treat.