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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American/Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000G75AE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
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2. Catalyst
3. Eyes Of The Insane
4. Jihad
5. Skeleton Christ
6. Consfearacy
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8. Black Serenade
9. Cult
10. Supremist

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The fastest, heaviest and darkest band on earth retakes its unholy throne with Slayer’s first studio album in six years and its first studio effort with the original lineup, including drummer Dave Lombardo, since 1990’s Seasons In The Abyss. Produced by Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Staind), music from the album will be first available on June 6, 2006—that’s right, 6/6/06.

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There are some very good songs on those albums, however, something was missing.
James E. Martin II
The important thing is that when listening, it is very easy to say that you are listening to Slayer, the one band that refuses to sound like anyone but themselves.
Ryan Jacobs
CHRIST ILLUSION really is the best album from SLAYER since the classic SEASONS IN THE ABYSS!!!!

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314 of 366 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine the Werewolf on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
SLAYER - Christ Illusion
Within seconds of `Flesh Storm' it was clear that Lombardo was back behind the kit and not only as competent as his last studio album with Slayer (Seasons in the Abyss) but had actually raised the bar.
Truthfully I loved Bostaph... I was sold from the `Killing Fields' intro and was quite sad to hear of his departure from the band. With all the hype of Lombardo coming back I was thinking this album would just be another `standard' modern Slayer album... Boy was I wrong! Lombardo used his time away from Slayer to become better grounded and gained much more `groove' in addition to his fantastic speed/thrash abilities. Playing with such greats as Fantomas (With Mike Patton), John Zorn and even Apocalyptica.

Christ Illusion is easily the most consistent album since `Seasons...' with not one bad song to be heard. Though Slayer may never again rival the Reign / South / Season Trilogy that does not make this a bad album by any means and to be putting out music this good (And this heavy!) after almost 25 years is a grand achievement by all rights.

In addition to the fantastic drumming of Lombardo, there is the skillful guitar work of King and Hanneman whose performances are amazing as always. Araya's voice is holding out quite well for a man his age and his Bass playing tight as hell!

Favorite Songs: Cult, Jihad, Supremist and Consfearacy
-4.5 Stars

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Concatenation on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In a move almost no one expected, Slayer has released arguably the best metal record of 2006 in Christ Illusion. There is going to be a lot of people who will hear the VERY recognizable elements of Slayer on this and will quickly dismiss this as more "same old, same old", and in doing so will miss out on what is the best songwriting package Slayer has delivered since "Seasons In The Abyss" 16 years ago.

This record is the prototypical modern era Slayer record. It has all of the elements that make Slayer, well, Slayer.. the speed, the thrash, the aggression. However, Slayer's core sound has continually expanded as they evolve with the metal scene. There are some black metal influences here, some Nile-like guitar riffing, even some metalcore influences in the heavy double bass beat patterns all over the record. Still, Slayer makes all of these elements their own and successfully incorporates them into their own style - without comprising anything that makes Slayer Slayer. The most important element here is the songwriting.

A key factor is the return of original drummer Dave Lombardo. Since Dave left, he has continued to grow and evolve as a drummer in the many projects he was involved in, and this diversity and experience really comes through here. Dave delivers, in my opinion, his most inspiring and interesting drum performance on Christ Illusion. Paul Bostaph, most agree, is a better pure technical metal drummer. A true machine. Lombardo's style however is KEY to Slayer's sound and his return highlights that. Has his feet ever sounded faster than on "Supremist"? Is that an actual blastbeat I hear? YES!

This is the first record since Seasons in which I can honestly say that I like every track.
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78 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on August 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After 1990's classic "Seasons In The Abyss," Slayer parted ways with original drummer Dave Lombardo, and then (maybe coincidentally) proceeded to go downhill. 1994's "Divine Intervention," 1998's "Diabolus In Musica," and 2001's "God Hates Us All" were all decent enough, but no where near as novel or all around great as their earlier releases, and thus, Slayer lost some fans. Well, Lombardo returned to Slayer's live act a couple of years ago, and the band entered the studio last year with their original lineup for the first time in fifteen years, making some fans have a rekindled hope and high expectations for Slayer's tenth studio recording, "Christ Illusion."

"Christ Illusion" isn't a timeless classic like, say, 1986's "Reign In Blood," and it in no way reinvents the band or the genre. But it is, hands down, the fastest, most inspired, most powerful, and all around best Slayer release since the aforementioned "Seasons In The Abyss." Guitarist Kerry King (who wrote most of the album) could use a few new song ideas, but bare in mind that he has a reputation to live up to, so he can't drift too far from his famous subject matter.

The guitar shredding (done by Jeff Hanneman and the above mentioned Kerry King) is, as expected, fantastic. The riffs are smoking, the leads are lightning fast, and the solos are careening. Another area in which "CI" succeeds is in the vocal department, because frontman Tom Araya has improved his performance. His yelling is still kind of grating at times, but for the most part, Araya sounds more committed, a little more diverse, and all around much more listenable than he did on "God Hates Us All.
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I downloaded this album a couple days ago
How can there be a couple of dud's with "Eyes of the Insane" being the only one?
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you both smell like a rotting elk's anus
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Album artwork....
Hey man, I'm pretty sure that this CD case comes with a sleeve with the "Slayer" cut out, which is a lot like what they did with the limited edition of Divine Intervention. So yes, you will get the "Slayer" sleeve, but underneath that you also get the original cover art,... Read More
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Yeah, the length is fine. If only more bands would follow this lead.

I hate all these 75 minute albums where bands drag out every song to 6+ minutes and stuff too many on the disc. I don't want to be sick of the song before it's even over! And bands should keep the filler tracks to... Read More
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Slayer is still slayer no matter how you cut it!! Be the first to reply
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