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World Painted Blood

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2009 release from one of the veteran Metal band. Nine studio albums, thousands of live shows and nearly three decades into a career that's made them one of the biggest and most important Metal bands in the world, the members of Slayer know exactly what kind of music they make: brutal but beautiful, punishing yet precise. A fresh Slayer record is a thing of terror but also one of trust: You can depend on what you're getting even if you're unprepared for it. As guitarist Jeff Hanneman says, ''At this point, I think a Slayer album pretty much speaks for itself.''


"Thrash metal legends Slayer still paint with blood" -- Revolver,November 2009

"World Painted Blood delivers and does so with all guns blazing." -- Outburn,December 2009

"...another high watermark in the band's storied, three-decade career." -- Decibel, November 2009

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. World Painted Blood
  2. Unit 731 (Explicit Version)
  3. Snuff
  4. Beauty Through Order (Explicit Version)
  5. Hate Worldwide (Explicit Version)
  6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
  7. Human Strain (Explicit Version)
  8. Americon (Explicit Version)
  9. Psychopathy Red (Explicit Version)
  10. Playing With Dolls (Explicit Version)
  11. Not Of This God (Explicit Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B002OEBMN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm a huge Slayer fan. This album is great, even though it's pretty short, clocking in at under 40 minutes. All Slayer fans will enjoy the album, but no one should buy the "Deluxe Edition". The DVD contains a short, cheaply animated film called "Playing With Dolls" that is truly terrible. Incredibly amateur film making. For those who are buying the deluxe version to hear the non-album track "Atrocity Vendor", all you get is about a 30 second clip of the song, contained within the film, not the entire thing. The song was omitted from the album, and is simply not available yet. All the videos in the 20 minute film follow this structure, just 30-45 second clips of Slayer's new songs woven in with this horrible film. There are no complete videos or anything, nor any extra bonus features.

Like I said, I love Slayer, and I really like the new album, but you would be much better off buying the standard version for much less money (unless you just want the cool case). Trust me, the 20 minute film is not worth your extra dollars. I expected much more, which is why I gave this product 4 out 5.
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If you're looking for a Slayer album that rivals all-time classics like Reign in Blood or Seasons in the Abyss, this ain't it. At the same time, let's be realistic. This is Slayer 20+ years later. All in all, I think this is a rather good effort.

*The songs are pretty good. Some are better than others, but I'm not compelled to skip any tracks. From start to finish, this is a solid, consistent recording.

*It sounds more like pure, classic Slayer than Christ Illusion (though I enjoyed Christ Illusion too, BTW). If you didn't like Christ Illusion, you'll like this better but don't expect to be blown away.

*It's Slayer. It sounds like Slayer. It's good.

*The production is a mixed bag. Tom's vocals sound good. Dave's drums are heavy. The rhythm guitars sound terrible. They're thin and weak. Producer Greg Fidelman needs to find a new career. He's worthless.

*The riffs, while generally good, aren't particularly complex. On a technical level, everything can be played with one guitar. I wonder if this is a product of Jeff and Kerry writing songs separately these days. Neither seem to write song with dual-riffing in mind anymore.

*Even when Jeff and Kerry play the same riff simultaneously, it still sounds like one guitar due to the weak production. Did I mention that Greg Fidelman's worthless?

Overall, this is a good album by Slayer circa 2009. Any Slayer fan with reasonable expectations will enjoy it. Can it live up to the band's classic releases? Of course not! The Slayer of today can't possibly play with the strength and power of the Slayer of twenty years ago. That said, Slayer can still deliver the goods. Just don't expect the goods to be as in good condition as they were 20 years ago.
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Slayer's new CD sees the band going back more to the song writing styles and variety that brings to mind their 1990 masterpiece "Seasons in the Abyss" and 1994's underated "Divine Intervention".
The album features the same raw and punshing sound as their last release Christ Illusion but with much more variety throughout the just shy of 40 minutes World Painted Blood.

Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has a much more stronger songwriting presence on this album as he was only responsible for 3 songs on Christ Illusion. It always seems that when he's much more heavily involved in the song writing that the variety in styles reappears on albums. Christ Illusion was pretty much Kerry King's album and he tends to write in just one style anymore but even he has stepped up his writing on this one. Jeff Hanneman also played all of his guitar parts on this album as Kerry King had been doing most of his rhythm parts for their last few albums.

I don't know if it was the fact that much of this album was created in the studio for the first time in their career or what but this album sees the band playing with a vitality that they really haven't exhibited in spades since 1994's Divine Intervention.

And for people complaining about the production, it's fine. It sounds like a more raw version of the production on Christ Illusion and the guitars have a bit more of a buzz saw sound to them at times. Dave Lombardo's drums also have a very natural sound on this album which is so good to hear again in this day and age of pro tools digital recording. Tom Araya's vocals could be a hair higher in the mix on some songs but there's also some actual singing on here which he really hasn't done since 1988's South of Heaven.

There's not a bad song on here and the album is super strong from start to finish. If this does for some reason end up being the final Slayer album, it's a super strong way for this legendary metal band to go out.
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2009 was another amazing year for heavy metal releases, as we all saw so many awesome new albums come out including ones form Kreator, Megadeth, Mastodon, Isis, Behemoth, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Chimaira, Suffocation, Scar Symmetry, Five Finger Death Punch, and of course Slayer. Their latest release "World Painted Blood" is just simply amazing, and it's definitely one of the best metal CD's of 2009. It just thrashes and speeds through your stereo speakers like a beast from start to finish exactly the way a true thrash/speed metal album should do. I've been a huge fan of Slayer since I was 17, when I listened to both "South of Heaven" and "Seasons in the Abyss". They are without question one of thrash metal's legendary and most popular bands, and when it comes to true and pure thrash metal, these guys got it down 100%. For "World Painted Blood", the production is handled by Greg Fidelman, and it really gives the album a real killer raw and punishing edge which I love, and of course the band's musicianship is in absolute top form here. Tom Araya's screams never sounded more angrier, and he also throws in some actual singing parts especially on "Beauty Through Order" and "Human Strain". Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King both do an excellent job as always, lashing out lots of fast aggressive riffs and wild chaotic solos, and meanwhile Dave Lombardo keeps the energy and aggression going throughout with he's so well known for. He is simply one of metal's all time greatest drummers, no questions asked.

Every song on this album is just excellent and diverse in each of it's own way.
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