Slayer's new album is the follow-up to Diabolus in Musica, which was released on American Recordings in June 1998. Slayer recorded the monstrous tracks on God Hates US All at Vancouver's Warehouse Studi os with producer Matt Hyde (Monster Magnet, Perry Farrell).
While thrash-metal peers Metallica
have mellowed both musically and lyrically, Slayer's music and message remains unrelentingly anti-nearly-everything and almost unspeakably brutal. Without significant radio airplay, the hard-core California-bred quartet has amassed a loyal fan base that will not be disappointed by the 42 minutes of sheer aggression found on God Hates Us All
. The twin-guitar onslaught of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, coupled with the rapid heartbeat double bass drums of Paul Bostaph, match the often sacrilegious and abhorrent-to-many lyrics, made even more disturbing by the fact that the CD's release coincided with the World Trade Center tragedy. This is metal for atheists, as King writes terrifyingly prophetically: "Pessimist, terrorist, targeting the next mark/ Global chaos feeding on hysteria." In keeping with the album's doomsday outlook, "New Faith" offers: "Welcome to the horror of the Revelation." A terrifyingly vitriolic and too-real album, God Hates Us All
more than earns the parental advisory sticker it carries. --Katherine Turman