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CD/DVD. For more than three decades, Slayer's onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. The two-time Grammy-winning band has also accumulated an abundance of Certified Gold Albums along with "Best..." awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer's history, the band has never faltered in unleashing it's extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of it's contemporaries who "commercialized" their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream
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With all respect due to Jeff Hanneman, and there is massive respect, Slayer had to continue. Slayer, it feels to me, has emerged from its cocoon as a fiery, demonic butterfly, that is so beautiful you cannot stop watching in stunned silence, unconsciously banging your head, while your fists violently assault the innocent air above you.
Before passing judgement on the band, understand that they aren't 18 years old, anymore. Even with that understanding; you'd think these guys are 16 years old! The energy is Slayer extreme. Tom's singing is Slayerific; his vocals are as awesome as always. How he does it is beyond my comprehension. Both Kerry and Gary's guitar playing are mesmerizing. It is difficult for me to drive and pay attention to the traffic while listening to this album. I just want to play air guitar the whole time.
For me, it feels a bit like South of Heaven, except many times faster. While listening, I feel like a Homicidal Maniac *ahem*! Seriously though, it ranks up there with the best. This is not a band slowing down due to age or whatever sad reasons other bands slow down. Slayer is Slayer, and Slayer shall forever reign.
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Formed in 1981 by King and Hanneman (RIP) and releasing their debut 'Show No Mercy' in '83, Slayer cemented themselves as (arguably) THE best thrash metal band of all time. Since 'Mercy' Slayer marched forward, seldom waiving from their metal roots and creating some of the greatest thrash songs of all time.
As part of the "Big 4" ( inc. Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth), Slayer sit at the top imo. Many believe the 'Big 4' should actually be 5 - including Exodus, who themselves have created some awesome material over the years and Slayer, ironically, now have Exodus guitarist Gary Holt on board.
Slayer have had much hate over the years. I wont go in to that aspect here but needless to say it has driven them forward without compromise - nothing changing them or their attitude to writing.
I supoose long-term Slayer fans will embrace this album for what it is but sadly, it's their last studio album - they announced their retirement in Jan 2018 going out with one final tour. If you're new to Slayer, hit their back catalogue, thrash out to their earlier work and see how they evolved then you'll understand and appreciate Repentless even more. Hardcore Slayer fans have their own opinions on Repentless but as a long-term Slayer fan myself (30+ yrs) I'm appreciating it even more now they've announced their retirement. Play it loud and keep metal alive! Thanks Tom, Jeff, Kerry and Dave for getting me through my youth back in the 80s. \nn/
So you'll like this bit. It's theirbest since Decade Of Aggression. I can't define for you exactly why but the spark is back. I was worried that after the last 2 and a half decades of perfectly pleasant but somewhat lacking albums the departure of Hanneman (curse his rotten soul) and Lombardo (again) they wouldn't anything left to give. Gary Holts work with Exodus is stunning but I wasn't Sure it would work for Slayer. We all know how good Bostoph is as well. Would it be enough to do memory of Hannenan justice?
HELL YES IT DOES. This is the only Cd that has managed to squeeze the New Maiden cd out the player since Friday.
I think it is a excellent addition for any fan of Slayer, I think what this boxset lacks is a 2nd copy of the album on black vinyl.
I would be interested to hear this album on black vinyl. I have played the picture disc on my record player and the sound is muffled and not quite clear, but I have experienced this with other picture discs I own.
My of my other dual cd/lp sets on black or coloured vinyl the record sounds far better than the cd, I think you buy this set because you wanted a collectors picture disc rather than worry about the sound clarity.
I think the set makes up for what else is included in the DVD/Bluray and the live cd. Most people have picture discs because they look nice, rather than playing it.
as an album overall
I would rate it below
Reign in Blood
South of Heaven
Seasons in the abyss
God hates us all
First of all, the elephant in the room...Can Slayer be SLAAAYYERRR with the unavoidable absence of Jeff Hanneman? In a couple of words: Hell Yes!!
I have been a Slayer fan for a good 10+ years now, with my introduction being God Hates Us All, and with the tragic death of a founding member / key songwriter a couple of years back, it was was looking questionable whether the titans of thrash would return, and if so, be on form.
Well... Slayer haven't only made a strong return, they have gone and made one of the best albums of their career. I'm even going to go as far and say it's better than God Hates Us All. It's that good!
I love Jeff Hanneman - he has of course written some of the best Slayer songs we all know, love and get our arses kicked in the pits too - but there is no denying that Kerry King is more than capable for hauling most of the song writing responsibilities. Repentless is dark, fast and bone crushingly heavy, with lyrics angry enough to make you repeatedly bang your head against the steering wheel as you drive 110mph down the motorway... everything you want from a Slayer album basically!
King also has a go at writing a slow, creepy number which ends up being 'When The Stillness Comes'. The result is a foreboding, gruesome song about a serial killer that sends shivers down your spine as Tom Araya's voice seeps through your speakers, whispering in your ears.
The rest of the tracks are typically - and thankfully - in typical Slayer fashion; filled with lightening fast riffs, blistering solos, beefy double kick and pissed off at the world lyrics.
Any self respecting Slayer fan needs to hear this epic piece. and I also recommend buying the physical version - the artwork is beautifully blasphemous, with the sleeves opening up into an inverted cross which is a nice touch! Plus, you get a bonus disc that has a short album documentary AND a full live set at Waken! There's not much you can buy for a tenner with that much heaviness and awesome!
We miss you Jeff, but I'm sure you'll be happy to know that Tom and Kerry are looking after your legacy with care and respect. They also do a great job bringing your song 'Piano Wire' to life on the album too.
Welcome back Slayer, see you in the pit!
Having been progressively more disappointed with every Slayer album since Divine Intervention, I had modest expectations for this one, especially in the wake of Jeff's passing. Quite frankly, I felt that with every album since the diabolical Diabolus in Musica, Slayer's sound had got more and more tired, as though the band were going through the motions somewhat. There just didn't seem to be the energy and passion for the music that was apparent from Show No Mercy to Seasons in the Abyss. For whatever reason, and against most expectations, they've managed to recapture that 'something' that they had in that era.
This sounds like it should have come out between South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss. Gary Holt seems to have injected a certain energy and freshness into things, but this is still classic Slayer, make no mistake. The irony for me, is that the album's low point (IMO) is the Hanneman penned Piano Wire. The rest of the songs are brilliant, with my personal favourites being the title track, When The Stillness Comes, and Pride in Prejudice.
It's fantastic to hear the band sounding like this. Yes, it harks back to an era when they were doing certain things very well, but musically it's also a progression. For the first time in a long time, a new Slayer album sounds like the band is enjoying what they're doing, and the music is evolving naturally again!
But exceptions of Repentless in the metal community were low but the proof is in the pudding and boy does it blow the doors off. This is a record Slayer needed to make and I feel that musically and lyrically it holds it's own. Lyrics like "We're all killing ourselves a little more everyday" from the title track are ear catching and Tom Araya vocal delivering seems genuinely angry and blood thirsty. The riffs while staying true to the roots of Slayer and the Thrash Metal sound strong in places and a little cliche in others overall musically it has an intensity that helps this release contribute to a destructive atmosphere.
When the Stillness Comes just ends randomly without warning I felt the track could have and should have been longer and lyrical content revised and re-worked but seems well placed in the release. Nothing strikes me as out right weak or poor. It has a mixture of moments but I feel the release is worth purchase or at least checking out.
This is nothing ground breaking or genre defining but I didn't expect it to be as good as it is. Considering how often I have listened since the release. This is better than World Painted Blood and Christ Illusion. I think Slayer have made there best album in 14 years but it's not close to there best work so with that I think it's a step in the right direction.
I was ready to hate this, but Terry Dates production is fabulous, the songs are really well put together. I hate to say it, Kerry King has done a good job.
The package is very good too. Blu Ray of a full live show, the how we made it stuff as well as the album and a neat crucifix insert. Can't really fault it, and would have to recommend it most heartily.
Meh... it's ok. Violent, but I expected that, just not theatrical enough for me. Where's the pantomime of Cradle of Filth or the Darkness of Triptykon. Sometimes speed and aggression takes precedence over melody, and not in a good way. Not entirely my cup of tea, but I did enjoy the onslaught and look forward to seeing them live.