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.
Love the different splashed blood and whatnot covers on these discs, so cool to see a bloody blade-looking thing spinning on my turntable.
One caveat is they give you this sheet of plastic to protect the vinyl. How about a real sleeve, fellas? You cannot put the disc into the sleeve, it's just a flat single piece of plastic. I guess you put the vinyl in between the lyric sheet and the plastic. Oh well, you can always buy sleeves for peanuts at record stores.
Cover art is excellently done and in no way murky or cheaply done.
Finally, this was my first experience with slayer's first four albums. Figured if I was gonna eventually get the big box set, might as well try the first four albums if I could get my hands on them. I had never heard these even on cd, and what immediately shocked me was how good this band was even in the olden days. Just from one objective listen, you can tell that slayer was a band full of potential and talent right from the get go.
Even from album one I understood why Rick Rubin wanted to work with them. Dumba**es listen to slayer and think they just do the same thing every time. Listen to Antichrist. Antichrist is such an amazing song. From song two on this record my jaw dropped to the floor. I literally couldn't believe what they were doing.Read more ›
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This album is an absolute classic for any Thrash Metal fan. I love this album in all its glory. Show No Mercy is a proper title to an album that doesn't hold back. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Brad the Metalhead
Description issue. Record plays but is warped. Description did not reflect that issue. I received it fast, The description lead me to believe that the issue was the cover only. Read morePublished 4 months ago by aanderson
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 10 months ago by James B. Beavan III