Slayer – “Show No Mercy” (1983)

With dark heart and iron hand, Slayer immediately interjected themselves into the “heaviest band in metal” sweepstakes when they debuted in 1983 with Show No Mercy on Metal Blade Records.  (Lucifer was smiling that day!)  For it’s day and age, Show No Mercy is quite an impressive record.  For fans of Slayer, there are things to be found on this album that one won’t find on any other Slayer release (and I’m not just talking about the eyeshadow).  For example, there’s a definitive traditional heavy metal influence mixed in with the band’s terrorizing thrash assault.  Also, Tom Araya does a bit of actual “singing” on several tracks.  But still, Show No Mercy is HEAVY AS HELL for the year 1983!  Slayer were a well-oiled war machine from the get-go.  That being said, about half of the tracks on Show No Mercy haven’t really stood the test of time quite like…say… the stuff on Kill ‘Em All (also released in 1983).  However, there are a few raging, angry beasts on Show No Mercy that still leave skid marks in the ol’ BVDs.  (My faves are Evil Has No Boundaries, The Antichrist, and Crionics.)  I actually like the fact that early Slayer seasoned their neck-wrecking stew with a few spicy, traditional metal ingredients.  There was just a little dash of color added to Slayer’s trademark blacker-than-black approach.  My score: B-

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One thought on “Slayer – “Show No Mercy” (1983)

  1. No way….the 3rd most important album in extreme metal, and traditional metal at the same time.

    I am not saying this as a thrash metal addict. But as a traditional metal fan proper.

    Home work assignments for the Kick ass metal blog readers as well as the Play it loud forever readers as well as the No life to metal readers
    KICK*ASS METAL WITH MOLTEN METAL RIFFS.

    Here is what you need to collect and discover and play these puppies until they skip, then get another one and start the process over again.

    1983 is Underground Metal year zero. Jaguar, Exciter in March. Metallica in July, Mercyful Fate in October 31st, 1983 and in time for Christmas this bad boy Slayer.

    Abattoir- Vicious Attack
    Accept- Restless and Wild
    Acid- Maniac
    Agent Steel- Skeptics Apocalypse

    Agent Steel- Mad Locust Rising

    Anacrusis- Screams and Whispers.
    ANGEL DUST- INTO THE DARK PAST
    ANTHRAX- FISTFUL OF METAL
    Annihilator- Alice in Hell
    Anvil- Metal on Metal
    ANVIL- FORGED IN FIRE
    Anvil- Live in concert
    Anvil-Worth the weight
    Anvil Chorus- Thought Crimes
    ATHEIST- PIECE OF TIME
    ATHEIST- UNQUESTIONABLE PRESENCE
    Attacker-Battle at Helms Deep
    Attacker-Second Coming

    Bathory- Bathory
    Bitch- Be My Slave
    Black Sabbath- Mob Rules
    BLIND ILLUSION- THE SANE ASYLUM
    Bloodlust – Guilty As Sin

    CACOPHONY- SPEED METAL SYMPHONY
    Candlemass-Nightfall
    Cage- Astonomy
    Cathedral- Supernatural Birth Machine
    CELTIC FROST- MORBID TALES
    Celtic Frost- Emperors Return
    Celtic Frost- To Mega therion
    CELTIC FROST- INTO THE PANDEMONIUM

    Chastain- For those who Dare

    CHASTAIN- IN A OUTRAGE
    Cirith Ungol- Frost and Fire
    Cirith Ungol- King Of the Dead

    COVEN- WITCHCRAFT DESTROYS MINDS AND REAPS SOULS (released before heavy metal existed)

    Coven 13 * Worship New GODS. Shadow Kingdom Version and not the Hot Metal edition.

    Crimson Glory- Crimson Glory
    Cryptic Slaughter- Convicted
    Culprit- Guilty As Charged

    Dark Age- Dark Age 1984 Gnarly Records/ Greenworld
    DEATH- SCREAM BLOODY GORE
    DEATH- SPIRITUAL HEALING
    DEATH- HUMAN
    DEATH-INDIVIDUAL THOUGH PATTERNS
    Death Angel- The Ultra-Violence
    DEATH ANGEL- ACT III
    Death Strike-Fuckin’ Death
    Deep Switch- Nine inches of God
    DESTRUCTION- INFERNAL OVERKILL
    Diamond Head- Lightning to the Nations
    Diamond Head- Behold the Beginning
    Dream Death- Journey Into Mystery
    DOCTOR BUTCHER- DOCTOR BUTCHER

    EXCITER- HEAVY METAL MANIAC
    Exciter- Violence and Force
    Exhorder- Slaughter in the Vatican
    EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE- ADVANCE CASSETTE
    EXODUS- BONDED BY BLOOD
    EXODUS- PLEASURES OF THE FLESH
    EXODUS- A LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE @ STUDIO 54 + 1986 demo with Paul Baloff)
    EXODUS-ANOTHER LESSON IN VIOLENCE (LIVE)
    EXODUS- BONDED BY BALOFF (A.L.I.V::REMASTERED)

    EXUMER- POSSESSED BY FIRE
    FORBIDDEN- FORBIDDEN EVIL
    Forbidden- Twisted into Form

    THE GREAT KAT- WORSHIP ME OR DIE!

    THE GREAT KAT- BEETHOVEN ON SPEED

    THE GREAT KAT- BEETHOVEN SHREDS

    Griffin- Flight of the Griffin

    Hawaii- One Nation Underground
    HALLOWEEN- DON’T METAL WITH EVIL
    Hell- Hell (1982)…Demos come with 2 disc version of 2011 CD
    H-Bomb- Attaque
    HEATHEN- BREAKING THE SILENCE
    HEATHEN- VICTIMS OF DECEPTION
    HEATHEN-RECOVERED
    HIRAX- RAGING VIOLENCE
    HOLOCAUST- THE NIGHTCOMERS

    Insanity- Death after Death
    IRON MAIDEN- IRON MAIDEN
    IRON MAIDEN- KILLERS
    Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast

    Jaguar- Power Games
    JAG PANZER- AMPLE DESTRUCTION
    Judas Priest- British Steel
    Judas Priest- Painkiller
    Killer- Wall of Sound
    King Diamond-Fatal Portrait
    King Diamond- Abigail
    King Diamond- Them
    Kreator- Endless Pain
    Kreator – Pleasure to Kill

    Liege Lord- Master Control

    Macbre- Gloom
    Malediction- Condamnes
    MANOWAR- INTO GLORY RIDE
    Massacre- From Beyon
    MASTER- MASTER
    MASTER- 1985 ALBUM UNRELEASED
    Metal Church- Metal Chuch
    MEDIEVAL- DEMO CASSETTE ALBUM
    Medieval- All knobs to the Right
    MEDIEVAL- MEDIEVAL KILLS
    MEGADETH- RUST IN PEACE
    METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER
    METALLICA- NO LIFE TIL LEATHER version w/ 16 minute Ron McGovney interview
    METALLICA- NIGHT OF THE RIVET THEADS
    METALLICA- KILL EM ALL
    Metallica- Ride the Lightning
    Metallica- Creeping Death/ Jump in the Fire CD
    Metallica- Master of Puppets
    MERCYFUL FATE- 1982 EP
    MERCYFUL FATE- MELISSA
    MERCYFUL FATE- DON’T BREAK THE OATH
    MERCYFUL FATE- CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS
    MERCYFUL FATE- THE BEGINNING
    MERCYFUL FATE- RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE
    MERCYFUL FATE- INTO THE SHADOWS
    Morbid Angel- Abominations of Desolation
    MORBID ANGEL- ALTARS OF MADNESS
    Motorhead- Ace of Spades
    MOTORHEAD- NO SLEEP TIL HAMMERSMITH

    Nasty Savage- Nasty Savage
    NASTY SAVAGE- INDULGENCE

    NME- Unholy Death

    ONSLAUGHT- THE FORCE
    OVERKILL- FEEL THE FIRE
    Oz- Fire in the Brain
    Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz
    Ozzy Osbourne-Diary of a Madman

    Pagan Altar- Pagan Altar Volume 1
    PILE DRIVER- METAL INQUISITION
    Pentagram- Pentagram
    Pentagram- Day of Reckoning
    Pentagram- Be forewarned
    POSSESSED- SEVEN CHURCHES
    RAVEN- ALL FOR ONE
    RAZOR- EXECUTIONERS SONG
    RAZOR- EVIL INVADERS
    REPULSION – HORRIFIED
    Riot- Fire Down Under
    Riot- Thunder Steel
    Riot- Privilege of Power
    RUSH- MOVING PICTURE
    RUSH- SIGNALS
    RUSH- EXIT STAGE LEFT
    RUSH- GRACE UNDER PRESSURE
    RUSH- POWER WINDOWS
    RUSH- A SHOW OF HANDS

    SABBAT- HISTORY OF A TIME TO COME
    SATAN- COURT IN THE ACT
    Scorpions- Taken By Force
    SACRIFICE- TORMENT IN FIRE
    SEPULTURA- BENEATH THE REMAINS
    Skullview- Kings of the Universe
    Sindrome- Sindrome (2 demos on CD)
    SLAUGHTER- STRAPPADO
    SLAYER- SHOW NO MERCY
    SLAYER- HAUNTING THE CHAPEL
    SLAYER- LIVE UNDEAD
    SLAYER- HELL AWAITS
    Slayer- Reign in Blood
    Slauter Xstroyes-Winterkill
    Slauter Xstroyes- Free the Beast
    Syris- Unseen Forces
    Suicidal Tendenies- Suicidal Tendencies

    Tank- Filth Hounds of Hades
    Tank- Power of the Hunter
    TANK- THIS MEANS WAR
    TERRORIZER-WORLD DOWNFALL
    Testament- The Legacy
    The Gathering- Nighttime Birds
    The Rods- Wild Dogs
    TROUBLE- PSALMS 9
    TYGERS OF PAN TANG- WILD CAT
    Tygers of Pan Tang- Spell Bound
    TWISTED SISTER–UNDER THE BLADE.

    UFO- The Wild, The Willing, The Innocent
    Unseen Terror- Human Error

    VAINGLORY- VAINGLORY

    Venom- Welcome to Hell
    Venom- Black Metal
    Voi Vod- War and Pain
    Voi Vod- RRRROOOOAAAARRR
    Wargasm- Why Play Around ?
    Warfare-Metal Anarchy
    Warlord-Deliver Us
    WARHEAD- THE DAY AFTER
    Warning- Aftermath
    WATCHTOWER- ENERGETIC DISASSEMBLY
    WITCHCROSS- FIT FOR FIGHT
    WITCHFINDER GENERAL- DEATH PENALTY
    WITCHFINDER GENERAL- FRIENDS OF HELL
    Witchkiller- Day of the Saxon

    WILDESTARR- ARRIVAL
    Zoser Mez- Vizer of Wasteland

    Slayer is a unique mix of Mercyful Fate, Exodus, Metallica, Black Flag, Judas Priest and Discharge. the most imitated band in the history of heavy metal. Often Imitated never matched for ubermetal intellegence. This is thinking man’s metal !!!!!

    Mr.. Loud this is not a slam against you. But it does not take alot of imagination to upset a heavy metal fan. And whoa…this drove me into headbanger action !!!!!!

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