“World Painted Blood” by Slayer

Artist: Slayer
Title: “World Painted Blood”
Label: American Recordings
Release Date: 11/3/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

Before beginning this one we have to ask ourselves what we are exactly expecting of Slayer at this point in their career. Do we expect them to explore new worlds of musical experimentation and deliver concept albums like some other legends have done of late or do we expect them to be hanging on by a thread with only a light reminder of the early days of glory that their fans still hold in high regard. That being said we found Slayer rising to the fore with “Christ Illusion” but it is with the newest release “World Painted Blood” that we are reminded of why they are such an incendiary force on the landscape in terms of Extreme Thrash Metal is concerned. From the moment that “WPB” begins you know that you are listening to a Slayer album and this particular release took me back to the time when albums such as “Reign In Blood” and “South Of Heaven” were melting turntables and tape recorders worldwide. The intensity and anger found in those albums returns to us as tunes like “Public Display Of Dismemberment” and “Hate Worldwide” throttle the synapses with the riffing and thunderous drumming. Setting up the dramatic theme comes through fantastically during “The Human Strain” which builds up and slows down only to repeat the process. A very powerful head banger was found in this one while a primal rawness comes at you during “Americon” and I had to say that I felt Araya never sounded better in his vocal delivery. One can hardly believe that he has been at this type of Metal since 1983 (the debut record year) as he shows no signs of wear in his voice. The tune is a King composition based on how he sees the American nation being viewed by the world court and how whether or not they like us, he finds this to be the best place to live on earth. Dare I say “Amen” to that brother when we are talking about a Slayer track?

The subject matter is as grim as could be expected and deals with death, hatred, man against man against the world and even serial killers, the latter of which we find on the tune “Psychopathy Red”. The press notes for the album explain how the recording played off the unique skills of its individual members and while King loves it fast and furious, Hanneman on the other hand likes to blend more melody into the mix and has returned a lot of his Punk influences into his own song-writing/execution style for the release. The drumming of Dave Lombardo is nothing less than exemplary as the musician keeps it quick paced for a lot of the main verse parts and lets loose with a frenzied double bass power that reminds the drummers who listen to the album why he is still so respected among their kind. The album moves very quickly and I believe that this is another of its strong points based on the listener not being given the chance to find themselves bored with any of the tunes. Granted there is nothing even remotely boring being presented but Slayer never needed to offer us epic or long winded tracks to get their message across and this recording gets to the point quickly and does it with punch after punch until completion. I view this as a perfect “jumping on” point for the new Slayer fan that might have been offered the suggestion of their classic material and still found themselves wondering where the band stands now. Simply put, Slayer stands as continued leaders of the pack for the genre and in the end game of Heavy Metal that is a very good thing to find being the case. Lyrics are provided in the booklet in the event that you want to scream along and there are a number of different covers for you ardent collecting maniacs.

Track Listing:
1. World Painted Blood
2. Unit 731
3. Snuff
4. Beauty Through Order
5. Hate Worldwide
6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
7. Human Strain
8. Americon
9. Psychopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God

Official Website: http://www.slayer.net

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