I’ve been listening to the new Slayer album and am highly impressed. This band has been around for a long time – almost as long as other old-school metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
This album shows the age of the band…in a good way. They haven’t lightened up any since their beginnings and have grown immensely not only as musicians, but also in the subject matter of their music. In the early days, they were all about Satan and blood and gore and the usual early heavy metal schtick.
They’ve been steadily growing into something more thoughtful, however, and have culminated that growth with this latest album Christ Illusion. With songs like Confearacy, Cult, Jihad and others, they fight the illusion of organized religion and the evils it perpetrates in the name of God.
The cover art has changed with the older version (which I have) depicting the corpse of Christ rotting amongst the severed heads of the fallen to the one shown at right. The original cover (not to mention the music on the album) has generated a huge amount of controversy. Just what you’d expect from Slayer! Definitely worth checking out if you’re into thoughtful, hard music.
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