Slayer – “Seasons In The Abyss” (1990)

SlayerFans of Slayer’s Reign In Blood (1986) and South Of Heaven (1988) will enjoy Seasons In The Abyss.  However, Seasons In The Abyss was not exactly a step forward for Slayer.  Instead, it was more of a side step — a mash-up of the manic speed of Reign In Blood and the slow bludgeoning of South Of Heaven.  In fact, many of the riffs and most of the vocals aren’t much more than a rehash of past works.  But again, most Slayer fans were happy with the results.  As for me, Dave Lombardo’s drumming is this album’s major highlight.  Producer Rick Rubin was the best in the biz at capturing a thunderous drum sound on tape, and here he helped Lombardo’s beastly playing sound MEGA-BEASTLY!  Slayer were one of the few thrash bands that could actually groove.  They had Rubin and Lombardo to thank for that.  My two favorite songs on this LP are (not surprisingly) War Ensemble and Seasons In The Abyss.  My score: B-

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