Show No Mercy
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Well, this album is very different than all of the Slayer albums that succeeded it, because Slayer was still in transition between their NWOBHM roots and the extreme thrash powerhouse they would eventually become. Many of the tempos are modest compared to their later releases and Tom Araya shows off a very wide vocal style (all the way from low-pitch growls to Halford-like schreeches). However, look away from some of the things the band were still growing out of during this timeframe, and you'll find one of Slayer's best releases.
Many of the songs on this album remain classic live staples to this day (Antichrist, Die by the Sword, Black Magic), while others sound like they came straight from a Judas Priest record (Cryonics, Tormentor). I love all the variety on this album, from the progressive monster that is Metal Storm/Face The Slayer (my fave off the album) to the adrenaline-fueled tital track.
Overall, if you are a NWOBHM fan and a thrash metal fan, or a Slayer fan looking to round out your collection, you need to buy this album! It's still one of their best albums!
Every basic ingredient is here for a classic album: evil lyrics, insane guitar work (including blindingly fast riffs, great leads and scorching solos), pounding drums, high pitched vocals, and even an occasionally audible bass guitar! In fact, virtually the whole album flies by like a black tornado. Track one, "Evil Has No Boundaries," begins the album with a bang, and shoots out of the gate with a blistering main riff and a skin crawling shriek from (vocalist) Tom (Araya). "The Antichrist" is the first of three classic songs on here (alongside "Die By The Sword" and "Black Magic"). "The Antichrist" has a couple guitar solos and the aforementioned audible, beeping bass line! Next, "Die By The Sword" has fast, churning riffs, and a nice, extended solo, "Black Magic" has more blindingly fast riffs, "Tormentor" has probably the best solo on the album, and I enjoy how "Crionics" builds and gains density (with the help of a few guitar solos). Finally, the title track has great, catchy drumming, as well as even more riffs which shoot by like white noise.
So, "Show No Mercy," Slayer's debut, is as brutal as it is relentless and merciless. It isn't a classic like, say, "Reign In Blood," but it's still a good album and it foreshadowed the greatness to come from future Slayer releases. Thus, this is a great history lesson for those who are new to thrash or interested in its beginnings, and it is essential listening for diehards of this genre and this band.
To begin this review as well I'm going to tell a dark tale of metal in the early 80s: It was the 80s and a piece of sh i t was invented called MTV. It promoted selling out and was liked by brainless as sholes. People thought that metal was safe from this channel...WRONG!!! New bands like Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, and Poison were making a new genre called hair metal which was an MTV friendly version of metal. It grossed old-school metal fans out with its spandex and glam. But in 1983 along came a band that hated MTV and wanted to make fast, heavy, and evil metal like its suppossed to. Girlie girls and moms feared them. MTV hated them. But a group of old-school metal fans embraced them. This band is called...SLAYER!!!
Okay enough of history and let's get to the album. This album didn't exactly start thrash metal but it made it extremely heavy and fast. I liked Metallica(old) better than Slayer than a pinch but Slayer did make faster, heavier, and most of all eviler songs than Metallica ever did. Songs like "The Antichrist" are very Satanic but remember that this is only music. These lyrics don't reflect on the bands beliefs unlike whimps like Melissa and her Panic! At the Disco bullsh i t. Not everything is perfect though. I'm not a big fan of Tom Araya's voice on this album. But still this is a great debut and should be picked up!
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It's hard to believe this album was released in 1983 the same year as Kill'em All, but one listen and you can hear the comparisons between early Metallica and Slayer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James B. Beavan III
i like the artwork , what can i say , i like the idea of monsters wielding medieval weaponryPublished 11 months ago by Pamela C Doty
Everything about this album rocks. Every single song is great from top to bottom. The lyrics, guitars and drums are all at the top of their game. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chi_11