Label: American Recordings - B0018933-01 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash
The reunion of the original Slayer lineup appears for the first time in the studio since 's Seasons in the Abyss a record that topped off one of the great Slayer - Christ Illusion stands in metal history: Hell AwaitsReign in Bloodand South of Heaven preceded it.
Drummer Dave Lombardo 's retaking of the drum chair places the band Weather Channel 4 - Various - Acid Futures Volume II (File) on the edge, pushing themselves and the genre to look back at where they've been and where they go from here.
For a band that has been together as long as Slayer has, they have never made concessions and have stubbornly refused to sound like anyone but themselves. Slayer - Christ Illusion Illusion is a raging, forward-thinking heavy metal melding with hardcore thrash; this is what made them such a breath of fresh air in the first place.
And while they no longer sound terrifying, that was never their point anyway. The big themes on Christ Illusion center on the perverse myth of religion and its responsibility for, and cause of, war.
One can talk about the power big-money has at stake in the Eddie Floyd - Oh, How It Rained Eastern havoc, but the root, according to some of these songs, is the culture war between two competing myths, Christianity and Islam, that this time out could result in the apocalypse.
Elsewhere, such as "Eyes of the Insane," the story comes in the first person from the point of view of a Slayer - Christ Illusion who is suffering the effects of PTSD, yet he may or may not still be on the battlefield. Lombardo 's drums open it slowly, then the Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King guitar gods create an intensely harrowing and angular riff that changes from verse to verse, through the refrain and bridge, and comes back again.
Yeah, Slayer actually crafts and writes songs. The indictment of "holy war" is possible only through the telling of the narrative from a Jihadist's point of view. The blazing, low-tuned heaviness of "Consfearacy" turns the entire principle of patriotism's blind ideals Slayer - Christ Illusion an evil joke.
Araya 's voice is mixed way up this time, every utterance is understandable, thanks to producer and mixer Josh Abraham and label boss Rick Rubin. This scathing rejection of religion as the cause for world conflict is best characterized in "Cult. It's slow, meaty, unrelenting in its L.A. Confidential - From L.A. Confidential - Various - Studio (Original Soundtracks). Is war and greed the Master's plan?
And musically, they are in a league of their own. Christ Illusion creates an interesting dilemma for people of faith who like heavy metal: the stance against war here is unreproachable, but Slayer - Christ Illusion one hang with the conflicting point of view that faith in a god is responsible for it?
Given the defined presence of the vocals, one cannot simply listen to the voice as another instrument, as in much of heavy metal. One has to deal with the music and the words this time out, and yes, they're printed in the lyric booklet. Christ Illusion is an antiwar record that asks people to think for themselves.
At one point Araya makes his choice, "six six six," but even that's in reaction, an irony. Christ Illusion is brilliant, stomping, scorched-earth thrash metal at its best. Lyrically, it may offend people, but getting the listener to think and make choices is what this music is all about.
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