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Diabolus In Musica

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Diabolus In Musica
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 1998
Label: Sony Music
Genre: Thrash
1. Bitter Peace
2. Death's Head
3. Stain Of Mind
4. Overt Enemy
5. Perversions Of Pain
6. Love To Hate
7. Desire
8. In The Name Of God
9. Scrum
10. Screaming From The Sky
11. Point

Review by Luka on April 16, 2001.

The mighty kings of thrash degenerating to nu-metal? Yes and no, this album is Slayer any way you look at it, and it stands right alongside Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss as one of my favorite Slayer albums. Still, to most people and fans this was a total disappointment.

There is a general lack of solos and melody, but these are replaced by brutal riffs and furious shredding, most at very fast tempos kept up by the impressive new drummer Paul Bostaph, making it seem like Dave Lombardo’s skill won’t be missed by Slayer all. He absolutely drowns all the songs in technical show-off and clever drum fills.

Tom Araya’s vocals are angrier than ever, but his deafening screams get really annoying on the last few songs. I become sick of hearing him scream at the top of his lungs so much, mostly about war, propaganda, murder and destruction. Sometimes he changes it to a hoarse whisper, but it still doesn’t help.

The Diabolus single is officially Stain of Mind, which is the simplest song with the strongest beat, obviously meant to be marketed to the nu-metal kids rather than the old fans. I find this song to be the worst and most annoying on the whole album. My favorite tracks are Desire and the last two, Screaming From the Sky and Point. These are the most violent and have the best lyrics.

A notable part on the album, definitely, is the first lead break in Perversions of Pain, by Kerry King, a chaotic solo over totally insane drumming.

Slayer seem to want to get to the nu-metal crowd with this album, but it’s just way too extreme, violent and Anti-christian for it. I’m glad. There are a few lousy riffs here and there but overall Diabolus in Musica is one of the best, most professional Slayer album to date. Perhaps second only to the untouchable Reign in Blood.

Bottom Line: Get it only after Reign in Blood! One of the most violent Slayer albums to date, effectively combines thrash and nu-metal

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 6
Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 9
Production: 8
Overall: 8

Rating: 8 of 10