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 - Seasons in the Abyss [1990]

The production is much more clear now. However, the guitar distortion is quite weak for the style of music. It works well when they aren't palm-muting, though. "War Ensemble" is, of course, a planet-powered kick in the nuts. "Blood Red" drops some of the energy, but keeps most of the evil attitude. "Spirit in Black" brings back the energy in the form of more mid-tempo Heavy Metal, eventually giving way to string-busting thrash. "Expendable Youth" drags quite a bit, but then "Dead Skin Mask" kicks in with some hardcore fucking slow evil shit. This is quite a mixed bag, songs like "Hallowed Point" and "Spirit in Black" have that thrash feel that I love, but there are also songs that are slow and evil as fuck as well as ones that are more up-beat Heavy Metal oriented. There are quite a few flops, especially when looking at the previous two albums from Slayer. However, the biggest problem by a light year is the weak-as-paper guitar distortion. You kind of get used to it, but fuck, every time they palm-mute it's just powerless.

Rating: 7.75


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