Slayer - World Painted Blood
I always get excited when a new Slayer album comes out. It's not like I'm the biggest fan in the world. Quite the opposite. I listen to their new albums for a couple weeks and then they get shelved until the next one. I thought I had heard a rumor that Slayer was packing it in after their last album but here they are, back again with a furious new album called World Painted Blood and again I find myself tingling with excitement. An excuse to listen to the mighty metal band once again.
The album opens up with the title track, proving that this is going to be one wild ride. They head out on track number 2, "Unit 731" at breakneck speed. That speed keeps up for "Snuff" before laying down a bit on "Beauty Through Order". It's these tracks that really get me going.
The song "Playing With Dolls" is creepy and slow, one of my favorites on Blood. And they really rip it up on the last track, "Not Of This God". Still managing a chugga chugga feel but a Mach 10. These guys still have it.
I found myself not quite as excited after finishing World Painted Blood as I had been after previous albums. I think the reason behind that is that this is stereotypical Slayer. Nothing new, nothing bad, but just the same. It could be that Slayer has pretty much run the course of their career. We'll see. They might be able to reinstate that excitement on the release of another album. In the meantime, where's my Seasons In The Abyss album?
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