MetalBite Review by Luka on 6/26/2001
I havenít heard Slayer
this pissed since "Reign in Blood"
! I mean the force and ferocity of this album is unmatched. Slayer
donít cover these songs, they butcher them, doubling the tempos (often turning the normal pace into blast beats) and dropping the tuning to a death metal standard. The result is absolute chaos and a headbangerís heaven.
Itís hard to get into at first, sometimes the riffs are sped up beyond recognition and so they end up sounding too distorted and fast to appreciate. Itís easy to lose interest in all the hurry. Arayaís screams are constant and he signs the funny punk lyrics with absolute anger, but the words are often indiscernible since heís forced to sing them so fast, in fact, itís fastest Iíve ever heard anyone sing!"Canít Stand You"
(Drunk Drivers Against Mad Mothers) are two songs penned by Jeff Hanneman during the early years of Slayer
, when he had plans for a punk side project. "Abolish Government..."
is definitely my favorite, with the strong beat and the catchy riffs, the first song has some very nice riffs too, and the foul lyrics of "Iím Gonna Be Your God"
will appall many a parent. And who can forget the absurd lyrics of "Richard Hung Himself"
Most of the songs are under 2 but "Gemini"
, being the one exception, is a traditional Slayer
song and kind of an introductory to the next album. The slow and mesmerizing finish comes as a blessing, to some, from the absolute chaos and fury of the album. The albumís one flaw is that either the songs Slayer
picked are mediocre, or they had altered them too far beyond their original quality, so many of them ended up kind of poor. Itís good stuff but nothing that impressed me too much.
Violent thrash-punk. Angry, distorted and short.
out of 10