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Show No Mercy

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SLAYER SHOW NO MERCY

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 9, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: January 9, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001C6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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The company who produced these did a great job. The sound is great, they appear to have remastered the originals (never owned slayer's first four records on vinyl) and I hear all instruments clearly except for the bass--was it lombardo who played the bass? I can't hear him playing for the life of me. the guitars are life-like, and you can hear an exceptional drummer as well. The vocals are human (unlike on a cd) and it sounds like you're right there.
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.
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