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Slayer - God Hates Us All
Review: Continuing the quest to meld the old with the new, Slayer mix the melodic riffing of European speed metal bands like Destruction with a rock-rhythm take on older Metallica, making their most listenable album ever albeit at the expense of the topographic power of their older, more discursive song structures.
The rhythms on this CD are jubilant, provocative, and more akin to heavy metal and rock than death metal, which in turn causes riffs to mutate more toward the later speed metal ideal (think: Pantera) of a bouncy chord and a rippling, offtime melodic fill. The arch vastness and epic grandeur of previous albums has been replaced by a gritty confrontation like protestors shouting among the tear gas while large machines collide nearby.