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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a Slayer fan !!!
This is a fantastic EP by Slayer. Even though it only has for tunes, it is a classic. Two out of the four songs were also featured in Slayer's live Album Decade of Agressions which was released many years after it. For you to have an idea, the full length classic album Hell Awaits, which is more or less from the same time landed only one song in the live album. Following...
Published on April 27, 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Slayer!
I bought this to complete my collection of Slayer studio albums. It is very early in their career, and the music would only appeal to slayer fans.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a Slayer fan !!!, April 27, 2001
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This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic EP by Slayer. Even though it only has for tunes, it is a classic. Two out of the four songs were also featured in Slayer's live Album Decade of Agressions which was released many years after it. For you to have an idea, the full length classic album Hell Awaits, which is more or less from the same time landed only one song in the live album. Following are coments of the songs individually ranked from best to really great but not as fantastic as the one above:
CHEMICAL WARFARE: Any comments made about this song will be fall short of doing justice to its greatness. Plus, if you are a Slayer fan you already know it.
CAPTOR OF SIN: Heavy and fast, this is pure Slayer. The song starts with a killer guitar lead and never lets down. Its chorus sticks to your mind for ever.
AGRESSIVE PERFECTOR: This is Slayer's very first song. It was released for the first time in the album METAL MASSACRE 3 - a compilation of then upcoming bands by Metal Blade Records. They got it right since the first song.
HAUNTING THE CHAPEL: The title track of this EP is its least significant song. Its great, though. It is a shame that the band seems to have forgotten all about it. You never hear they play it live. Purchasing this album is probably the only chance you will have to enjoy it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slayer begins to evolve into the band they would become, December 17, 2002
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
While Slayer's 1983 debut "Show No Mercy" wasn't a bad debut by a longshot, at the time it had a "been there, done that" feel to it. Slayer followed up with this EP that would become an instant classic to Slayer fans mostly because of the great fan favorite "Chemical Warfare". "Captor of Sin" is a hard hitting track while the title track would begin Slayer's trademark of fantastic title tracks on their following albums. An early version of "Aggressive Perfector" is included here as a bonus track and is pretty solid (a faster version would be included on the remastered re-release of Slayer's 1986 classic "Reign in Blood"). The only problem with this EP is the shoddy production values, but that is a staple on any of Slayer's Metal Blade re-releases. All in all, this is an essential addition to any Slayer fan's music library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slayer begin to evolve, December 15, 2005
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
1984, when Slayer's second studio recording (and their first and only ever EP) was released, was kind of a transitional phase/album for this four piece. "Haunting the Chapel" finds Slayer giving up the traditional rock-based song structures in favor of a different style, which would come to be known as thrash-metal's "signature sound." Therefore this disc is more important than some give it credit for, even though it's only seventeen minutes. Plus, "Haunting the Chapel" shows signs of the band's greatness. Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman set their fret-boards on fire with blistering riffs and scorching solos. Add some deft drumming by Dave and Tom's eerie vocals and you have an album which is a precursor to Slayer's 1986 classic "Reign In Blood." The lead-off song, "Chemical Warfare," is, to this day, a staple of Slayer's live shows, because it's an ultra-fast chugger with great riffs. "Captor of Sin" is a rocket-propelled scorcher, and the title track has more blistering, dual guitar shredding and an elongated solo (which is over a minute long). Lastly, "Aggressive Perfector" was not on the original release of this album--it was taken from the "Metal Massacre Vol. 3" compilation. This is doubtlessly the most rhythmic and mid-tempo cut of the bunch, and it includes back-to back-to back guitar solos. Even though "Haunting the Chapel" is weighed down a little because it's vastly under-produced, it's still a very good listen if you enjoy thrash, an essential buy for serious Slayer fans, and an important stepping-stone in Slayer's evolution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet, June 30, 2003
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This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
This is classic slayer, sounds like a mix of show no mercy and hell awaits. There is only 4 songs but all 4 are brutal and very catchy thrash speed metal. The title song is one of slayers most underated tracks ever. i wish they would play this song live once in a while. the riff is classic and lyrics are vintage slayer. The song starts with tom screaming "the holy cross, symbol of lies, intimidate the lives of christian born" gotta love that. Chemical warfare is the one of my favorite speed metal songs of all time and captor of sin is crazy too. The bonus track aggressive perfector is also found on some copies of show no mercy lp and really gives you an idea of how they sounded when they first came out. Get this ep to complete your slayer collection. its only weakness is its short length but its still classic music for the best speed metal band of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slayer developing their own sound..., June 6, 1999
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
The production on this album is quite shoddy, so it is hard to pick out much at times, but when you are able to, you hear a band moving out of the somewhat done before sound on "Show No Mercy" to a new form of thrash, Slayerized thrash! Slayer begin to develop their own thing on this EP, and by the time Hell Awaits rolls around, they're an entirely different band. "Chemical Warfare" is a killer thrash cut and sounds even better live, while "Captor of Sin" moves at a gallop and features some wacked out guitar solos. The title track is pretty heavy in it's own right, and the addition of Aggressive Perfector helps show you where Slayer came from. Excellent work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SLAYER!!!, January 4, 2003
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This EP really kicks in teeth! The music is hard, fast and extremley dark. But what I like about Slayer is Tom Arayas powerful voice. There are somne good bands out there that are ruined by a terrible vocalist. Whats even better is that you can understand what Tom is saying. This is an excellent album. Slayer is the most powerful band out there (at least in my opinion.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. EP. EVER., November 3, 2005
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
Most EPs are pretty stupid but this is an exception. It's amazing how this only has 4 songs on it and 3 of them all some of my all time favorite Slayer tunes!!! It has the legendary Slayer epic "Chemical Warfare" which is an unrelentingly brutal 6-minute long headbanger with those Hanneman/King solos and dual riffage that we all love along with some frightening lyrics. "Captor of Sin" starts out with a wild and crazy riff that is unlike anything I've ever heard and then proceeds to beat the hell out of you with Tom's vocals. The title track I think is quite excellent as well and horribly underrated. It takes the anti-religious/Satanic theme that Slayer was notorious for in their early days and I personally LOVE it! The closer is the bonus track Aggressive Perfector which apparently was their first song they released and considering that fact I'd say it's damn good and foreshadowed the greatness that would come from this band.

So there you have it, this little ol' EP is worth every damn penny of your purchase and needs to be in your metal collection with all of Slayer's albums up to 'Seasons' and maybe Divine Intervention. Also check out the other Big 4 of thrash classics, Sepultura, Exodus, and Venom for other great 'more intense' thrash! LONG LIVE REAL METAL!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 18 minutes in metal., April 16, 2005
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
In my personal opinion, Slayer's 1984 release "Haunting the Chapel" is the best thing that came out of metal, or thrash/death metal at least. The production is slightly more muddy than that of "Show No Mercy", but the aggression has been turned up several notches, all while retaining the melody that Slayer had perfected so well on the previous record. Tom Araya skreiks his way through all of the songs, including Chemical Warfare, which is arguably the best song Slayer had ever written.

The guitar work here is precise and difficult, but it grounded by fairly simple, albeit quick, drums and bass. That being said, Slayer's music as a whole is largly guitar based. So what makes this particular EP so much better than anything else? It's hard to say...but there are definitely moments that would appeal to any metalhead.

All of Chemical Warfare is stellar, especially the long ending, emitting a sort of chaos across the musical landscape, introduced by Araya's grisely voice. Captor of Sin is completely relentless, pounding through the listeners head with a beginning solo, before morphing into one of Slayer's most solid songs. The same goes for Haunting the Chapel, which bests the other tracks in guitar work, forming a basis for bands like Cannibal Corpse, the influence of this song can be seen in the title track of "The Bleeding". Aggressive Perfector sounds a LOT like Metallica's "Kill 'Em All", as it shares an intro with Hit the Lights. This track brings the band back home, and prepares the listened for the impending doom, manifested on their next record, "Hell Awaits".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's try this again..., December 11, 1999
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H. Powell "hlp2" (Reynoldsburg, Ohio USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
Slayer was probably THE heaviest rock band of the 1980s, and this EP was recorded in the days when the group were just starting to develop their brutal and uncomprimising signature sound. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the sound quality is not the best and they could have tacked on another song or two. Other than this, the CD is a Grade A slice of vintage American speed metal. The title track is perhaps the best of the three songs on the CD and it clearly foreshadows the band's "Hell Awaits" period (Hell Awaits is the groups best album by far). If you're tired of 90s wimp rock (Korn, Pearl Jam, Creed, etc...is there really a difference?) then this is one of the CDs you should purchase post haste. The bonus track that appears on some issues of this recording (Agressive Perfector) is a real gem, so try to find one of these pressings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding EP, July 24, 2004
This review is from: Haunting the Chapel (Audio CD)
When Slayer released this four track EP back in 1984, people were shocked at how brutal and fast it was. Slayer was the leading underground band and as far as I'm concerned, they still are...now for the tracks....Chemical Warfare: Starts out with that signature speed riffing that builds up into a fast rage infested bruise of speed and sweat...epic track that has kick ass guitar solos..heavy as hell.....Captor Of Sin: The lead guitar hits you as soon as the song starts, then goes into a moshing main riff that shows you how clever Hanneman and King are when it comes to riffs "ILL TAKE YOU DOWN INTO THE FIRE!!!".....Haunting The Chapel has one of the greatest Slayer riffs ever in the intro and kicks in, heavy and horrifying. I like how this song picks up speed as it goes along and at the end, you can find that it is as fast as some parts on Reign In Blood!!!! Aggressive Perfector: The VERY FIRST SLAYER SONG EVER!! Killer riffs and high pitched screams that shows Slayer has been good at what they do since the beginning.

5 stars for addicting music and clever songwriting...

Standout tracks: Chemical Warfare, Aggressive Perfector
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