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Divine Intervention - Slayer

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Slayer / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2006-08-14 at American

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      14.11.2011 13:55
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      Slayer slips down the scale with this album

      "Divine Intervention" is the 6th studio album by American thrash band, Slayer. It was released in 1994 on American Recordings and produced by the band with Rick Rubin & Toby Wright. The line-up for the album was Tom Araya (vocals/bass), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Kerry King (guitar) and Paul Bostaph (drums). This was the first Slayer without original drummer, Dave Lombardo.

      The question that everyone was asking when Slayer hired Bostaph to replace Lombardo was, could he fill the shoes vacated by probably the world's fastest technical drummer? In short, yes, and how! Right from the start of "Killing Fields", you get the sense that everything is once again all right with Slayer, as the drums are fast, aggressive and in your face, which carry on into "Sex. Murder. Art.".

      This album, for me, is where Slayer started to lose their way a little, though. It's a good album with some classic Slayer riffs but the band was evolving. Whether that's due to getting older or something else entirely, I don't know. Even though there are some very good songs on this album, most are rarely played live with the exception of maybe "213".

      What you can expect from the album is "Dittohead" at breakneck speed, quit easily one of the fastest Slayer records in existence. You can also expect dark lyrics, "213" is in regards to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment number, "SS-3" deals with Nazi Germany and "Sex. Murder. Art." is self-explanatory.

      However, you do get some songs on the album that Slayer wouldn't have put out on 1985's "Hell Awaits" or its follow up, "Reign in Blood". "Fictional Reality" and "Circle of Beliefs" don't quite fit what Slayer is all about, and are probably the weakest songs on the album.

      In summary, if you're a Slayer fan you'll want this record, purely because it's Slayer and it's thrash. If you're not a fan of the thrash metal genre, it's not a must-buy like the previously mentioned Slayer albums.

      1. Killing Fields
      2. Sex. Murder. Art.
      3. Fictional Reality
      4. Dittohead
      5. Divine Intervention
      6. Circle of Beliefs
      7. SS-3
      8. Serenity in Murder
      9. 213
      10. Mind Control

      My rating: 6/10

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      31.05.2002 03:12

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      Slayer are one of my favourite bands. This, in my opinion, is one of their better albums. The title song, "Divine Intervention", deals with serial killers, as do "Killing Fields", "Sex Murder Art", "213" and "Serenity In Murder". But "Dittohead" is a coruscating attack on the "me,too" culture, "Fictional Reality" an attack on what Ben Elton used to call "The Reality Gap", and "Circle Of Beliefs", well... Okay, so if you know Slayer well you know you're not expecting Mary Poppins. But it's always pleasant to hear this level of musicianship in an album. The fact that it's what the Times (London, not New York) called "splattercore with a conscience" is neither here nor there; we're dealing here with high-octane heavy metal the like of which nobody else does better. And this is one of their best efforts. Get it on the stereo, put on your tour t-shirt, open a beer and get moshing folks...

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Killing Fields
    2 Sex Murder Art
    3 Fictional Reality
    4 Dittohead
    5 Divine Intervention
    6 Circle Of Beliefs
    7 SS 3
    8 Serenity In Murder
    9 213
    10 Mind Control

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