MetalBite Review by Luka on 5/6/2001
The early 90ís officially marked the end of the tremendous commercial success of thrash metal. The explosions of the 1990 masterpieces: Painkiller, Rust In Peace, Seasons In Yhe Abyss, Arise
etc. died out as fast as they grew. Each metal giant now faced a choice. Metallica, Megadeth
and Iron Maiden
were taking the lighter and more melodic path, Sepultura
was getting accustomed to the commercial nu-metal style with "Roots", and others like Testament
went for the more extreme paths of death metal. Slayer
, on the other hand seemed to keep their style more or less exactly the same as on the previous album. Did the "tried & true" method work?
Hell no. What were they thinking? Divine Intervention
is one of the weakest Slayer
releases ever. The album, while faster and more aggressive, seems like a second rate rehash of the Seasons In The Abyss
material, with the faintest hint of punk. The guitar is really distorted and itís hard to make out the riffs. The solos are the usual short and pointless King/Hanneman crap. I donít think theyíre ever the same twice, if you know what I mean. The lead guitar, however, has a nice sound and there is some really cool melody to be found here, most notably on the title track and "213"
All the songs seem lifeless and monotonous and itís really hard to tell them apart. Tom Arayaís voice alters very little throughout the disc and heís changed his style from the spoken-word form from "Seasons..." to a somewhat annoying deafening scream. Thereís seemingly nothing different with King and Hannemanís playing, but the new drummer, Paul Bostaph, is just amazing and breathes a bit of life into the otherwise boring album.
Itís not a CD you wanna listen to again and again.
out of 10