For years, these thrashers have earned the op of the food chain as one of the best metal performers ever to exist. Slayer has been displayed in mainstream culture as part of the “Big Four,” with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth. This would be the last album that guitarist Jeff Hannerman worked in, dying in April 2013 of liver failure. His ghost lives on in many of Slayer’s songs for his powerful shred guitar playing. I cannot even forget to say Kerry King, who has fun with dual solos in many of Slayer’s songs with Hannerman. “Unit 371” has the funky typical Slayer punk riffs. Down tuned guitars ready for King and Hannerman to take off the runaway and into the air like a jet fighter. Also, Dave Lombardo who would eventually be fired from the group, sets his hands ready to hit those cymbals on the drum. The key for a successful Slayer song like this and even “World Painted Blood,” require seed on the drums. Lombardo was the perfect candidate for this album.
Tom Araya’s loud and fast vocals makes him like the Joey Ramone in the song “Public Display of Dismemberment.” A two-minute song, which was typical in Ramone songs, proves how powerful Araya has developed as a true punk metal thrasher knight. Yes dark lyrics, but most importantly the fast single note playing helps make this song a huge influence to many people wanting to hear typical Slayer songs. “Human Strain” provides the calm tempo and haunting lyrics that many hardcore Slayer fans can find in a song like “Mandatory Suicide.” The unfortunate part of “Human Strain” is no solo present. Had their been a solo, I would probably like this song even more. At least “Psychopathy Red” truly makes up for that issue. Abrasive tempo and Hannerman/ King solo. What? Hell yeah I am going to like that. Many people of metal shall not be disappointed by this album. Heck, it was even polished nicely by veteran record producers Rick Rubin and Greg Fidelman. [B+].