I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Slayer - Christ Illusion [2006]

Whoa, no time wasted jumping into the fucking old-school Slayer sound. "Flesh Storm" really feels like something that could've been on Reign in Blood. It's so focused! "Skeleton Christ" is the first song that feels like it's dragging a bit, even though the thrashy sections are wonderful. I'm very happy that Tom's vocals don't sound like they're monotonous anymore. The production isn't quite as punchy and insane as the previous two albums, but it suits Slayer perfectly. There's much more Punk influence in this one as well. There are a few missteps... it's not all that catchy and the shoe-horned nu-metal riffs are as inappropriate as incest. That said, it's a damn good album that recaptures much of what had gone missing in recent Slayer albums.

Rating: 8


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