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Slayer - Undisputed Attitude
Review: As a way of drawing a line between their past and future, Slayer go back to their roots -- or rather, half their roots, since "British heavy metal and punk is what we are," as Jeff Hanneman said prophetically at the time.
These high-speed covers of punk songs sound boxy in the hands of these immensely competent musicians, with their sloppiness and swing replaced by a precision strike that turns them into a more foreboding, less human version of what they once were. In addition, their song structures seem hollow, although we can see influences on Slayer with some of the riff-centric structural tributaries that interrupt the verse-chorus staple of punk.
Three new Slayer tunes written in the style of actual "thrash," or that punk/metal hybrid from the early 1980s, round out the mix with a more muscular voice as if trying to show us how these songs sounded in the fertile imagination of a younger Slayer. Among other things, this CD gives Slayer purists half of the shopping list they need to understand this vital band, with KISS, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Venom rounding out the rest.