There's been talk of Slayer possibly hanging it up soon in the near future. These aren't rumors, as members of the band have stated thoughts in recent intereviews. However they seem undecided among themselves when it would it would all end.
If Kiss has taught us anything in recent years, it's that it doesn't really matter if a band says they're done for good. Still, I feel like there's a chance that this could be it for Slayer. Araya can't yell like he used to and I imagine 25+years of this has taken its toll. Plus their albums, while not quite up to par with their hey day, are still pretty good, maybe they want to do the classy thing and go out on top.
This will not be the last Slayer release, I can almost bet my life on it (unless somebody in the band dies, of course). Now that they are finally getting their just due (Araya said the reason they toured so much after God Hates Us All is because they were finally getting paid what they felt they were worth for live gigs), I can't imagine them hanging it up just yet. If there still is money to be made, they will keep going a while longer. These guys aren't Judas Priest, they haven't made millions upon millions of dollars. They might be rich compared to me and you but they aren't wealthy like Ozzy, Priest, Maiden, Metallica, etc. I expect there to be at least two more releases after this one. And after hearing Psychopathy Red and Hate Worldwide, I hope they don't hang it up soon. Those tracks are killer and totally in the vein of Reign in Blood (although they will never capture that again)....
i've heard someone make a good point and saying they should stop with the studio albums and just tour. I don't know how people would like their last effort Christ Illusion. I try comparing it to their old-school sound which I prefer over the new Slayer. It still seems redundant, frantic, and desperate. I prefer what Megadeth and Testament are doing nowadays. I even like Death Magnetic over Christ Illusion. It's probably because I compare the new Metallica album to their old-school sound with Justice and Black album. I just can't seem to get that same satisfaction with Slayer.
Anyways, I have been hearing this will be their last effort and I sure hope it is. I doubt this album will be any different from Christ Illusion. If their recent stuff came out in the early 90s, I think it would have been much more appraisal their effort. Now it all doesn't hold up to the intensity of death metal bands.
Desperate is a good term for the last few Slayer albums. They are trying to recreate their glory days without seeming to know why or how. They seem to be wanting to copy and outdo death metal. Their contradictory stances against God and proclamations about being atheist are stale and tiresome. It isn't shocking, nor is it interesting.
Everything up to and including Seasons was perfect. DI was slightly less than perfect, and they have plummeted since then. There are a few gems here and there on the newer records, but nothing to write home about. All speed and screaming with no purpose. Where is the melody mixed into the insanity? Where are the interesting lyrics? They are no longer relevant, scary, or interesting. The last excellent slayer show I went to was Clash of the Titans(Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and Alice in Chains opening-talk about a killer show and it was $20!), how long ago was that? I still get get chills thinking of that show, now it is hard to stifle yawns.
It is like they turned into posers, just going through the motions.The review shows that they still are. Too bad they don't have the guts to do something unexpected anymore, like South of Heaven.
I don't know, Moi, God Hates Us All is my favorite overall Slayer album and I'm a longtime fan. I thought Christ Illusion felt like it was rushed to hit the 6/6/06 date, but after one listen, World Painted Blood is awesome (you can preview it here: http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/2) and has some fairly surprising turns on it, like Americon and Playing With Dolls. Probably not to every Slayer fan's taste, but you obviously can't please everyone, especially with a career this long.
All I know is that a lot of other bands come and go from my iPod, but I never get tired of Slayer. If they can keep putting out albums as good as God Hates Us All and World Painted Blood, I hope they stay around for a long time to come.
Well, I certainly hope they have a few more records in them... personally, I thought Christ Illusion was one of their finest moments... aggressive and progressive charged with the idea that religions start wars (which seems to be pretty right on). Its been almost 30 years since Reign in Blood and if anyone deserves a right to tweak their sound a bit, it is Slayer. Jihad is one of my faves....
Death metal gets so boring though, with the constant screaming and cookie-monster growling, it all starts to sound stupid after awhile! Real heavy metal like Slayer and others who mix up their screams and mix in singing are more interesting to me! Death metal just gets boring (to me anyways)!