Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss (1990/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:27 minutes | 1,73 GB | Genre: Metal
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Slayer built a rabid following with faster-than-light thrash metal, eerie, disturbing lyrics, and bassist/singer Tom Araya’s screamed vocals. 1986’s „Reign In Blood“, a blinding metal classic that clocked in at below a half hour in length and was produced by Rick Rubin, put the band on the metal map. Although Slayer was a bunch of longhairs, it wasn’t uncommon to see hardcore skinheads slamming away at the band’s shows. But 1988’s „South Of Heaven“ alienated many of Slayer’s punk fans, as the group slowed their speed metal to a Black Sabbath-like crawl.
After staking out new territory with the underrated South of Heaven, Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of Reign in Blood for their third major-label album, Seasons in the Abyss. Essentially, Seasons fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven with manic bursts of aggression. “War Ensemble” and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date. In fact, Seasons in the Abyss is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, Seasons doesn’t have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it’s strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions). Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life — war, murder, human weakness. There’s even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren’t trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica’s Master of Puppets or Megadeth’s Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying, Seasons in the Abyss paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.
01 – War Ensemble
02 – Blood Red
03 – Spirit In Black
04 – Expendable Youth
05 – Dead Skin Mask
06 – Hallowed Point
07 – Skeletons Of Society
08 – Temptation
09 – Born Of Fire
10 – Seasons In The Abyss
Produced by Slayer, Andy Wallace & Rick Rubin.