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Show No Mercy

SlayerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 11, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000001C6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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1. Evil Has No Boundaries
2. The Antichrist
3. Die By The Sword
4. Fight Till Death
5. Metal Storm/Face The Slayer
6. Black Magic
7. Tormentor
8. The Final Command
9. Crionics
10. Show No Mercy

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slayer's debut album July 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In 1981, a band out of Southern California known as "Dragonslayer" was formed by singer/bassist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King. A drummer, Dave Lombardo, was quickly found, and Jeff Hanneman was brought in as a second guitarist later into 1981. Most of their music at this time was influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that was sweeping through the world during the early 1980s, but after attending a Metallica concert in 1982, they were hell bent on playing harder and faster than said band and shortened their name to Slayer. By 1983, they were already signed to Metal Blade Records and released their debut album, Show No Mercy. How did it turn out? Read on for my review.

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!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Merciless" debut October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As of 1983 (when this album came out) Slayer were still an underground band, and their type of music was still relatively unheard of. Only Metallica and (Slayer's influences) Venom and Motorhead dared to venture into music this speedy. But since this disc was released, an almost countless number of imitators have cropped up.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice oldie! July 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Slayer's debut album "Show No Mercy" came out in 1983 the same year as Metallica's "Kill Em All". Although I personally like Metallica's debut better than this this is still an awesome album.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Bill Magoulas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Eufran Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal Debut CD
It's like having and Hearing a Venom CD or Metallica Kill Em All This album Rules Support Slayer it rules
Published 3 months ago by AaronMiller
4.0 out of 5 stars Origins of Thrash
If you don't know what this is already, I don't think a review will help. Slayer's EP after their Show No Mercy full length album is filled (all four songs) with the kind of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. M. Finney
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic album
This album exemplifies what thrash was all about. The vocals and riffs were just excellent. I also enjoyed the guitar solos and lyrics as well.
Published 11 months ago by dennis sohn
2.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any Slayer fan
Poor production. Very 80's. Very raw. The bottom line is if you love Slayer you have to have this because this is where it all began.
Published 11 months ago by Jacob Sinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... Obviously.
Not much else to say about it. Listen and learn what awesome is. Would recommend to anyone with any taste at all.
Published 13 months ago by SamHain
3.0 out of 5 stars A preminiton of things to come
Slayer, or as others call it SLAYYYEEERRRRR!!! however you say their name, they are a force of metal to be reckoned with. Read more
Published 14 months ago by PeaceSells215
3.0 out of 5 stars meh !
my kid listens to this music, which im not a fan of. however, the item arrived on
time for the holidays, and was well received by him. me not so much.
Published 14 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolution in metal
Slayer launched an assault on the metal world by combining the intricate structures of NWOBHM with the sheer intensity of hardcore punk, resulting in a style of music that was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by death metal and black metal
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Uh...well I guess if you consider their single "In League with Satan"/"Live Like an Angel" to be a debut then your right. Their first album was "Welcome to Hell", the second being "Black Metal".
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