Slayer has introduced a new track, “When Stillness Comes,” from their updated 2015 lineup sans Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and Dave Lombardo, with Paul Bostaph (Forbidden) and Gary Holt (Exodus) filling in on drums and guitars. The track begins with what sounds like an attempt to make a simplified version of the introduction to “South of Heaven” or “Reign in Blood,” but it moves at an oddy pace designed for more comforting rhythm than confrontation. Then the track launches into a sort of Nine Inch Nails tribute with offbeat guitar chords appearing to accent the beat, and lots of chanting vocals. In its final minute or so, the track launches into an appreciable but formulaic impression of older Slayer while not dropping the somewhat groove-oriented approach of newer Slayer
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14 thoughts on “Slayer unveils new sound with “When the Stillness Comes””
Oh god :/
^^^ sold out metal turns people to Christianity PROOF AND EXPIATION
No Slayer, you can’t borrow some money from me.
Sounds like a bunch of old guys making music.
Pretty accurate assessment there.
It sounds like a rewritten version of Seven Faces or Deviance from God Hates Us All.
Slayer are simply ripping off Seasons of the Abyss, adding some mid 90s Pantera/groove metal/buttrock/post-grunge/nu-metal/death ‘n’ roll (all these “genres” are similar pop music with different aesthetics and varying levels of additional idiocy tacked on) style simple chords over awful chanted vocals that the shaved-ape target audience is supposed to emotionally identify in solidarity with, and end the track with AN ACTUAL RIFF. Yes, it’s a generic Slayer riff gone bouncy melodeath just like nu-Kreator but it is a riff! Does Slayer expect to be applauded for having a riff?
Slayer should have called it quits after Seasons in the Abyss.
Divine Intervention had some good songs.
World Painted Blood and even Christ Illusion endure repeated listens.
what does everyone think of slayer performing at this years Bonnaroo? I was initially really surprised, but i think it’s great that a pretty extreme metal band is going to such a non-metal centered fest
very boring ,slayer run out of ideas after divine intervention
In a recent interview Kerry mentioned that he would be making his first attempts at “clean” intros on the upcoming album, because in the past Jeff had always written them. I wonder if this is an example of that…?
In the same interview he stated that in the studio he had been recording Jeff’s rhythm tracks since the 90s. Not sure if that is commonly known or not.
I gave this track one listen and didn’t even take note of ideas worth paying closer attention to later. Not a good sign for a song that isn’t even catchy.
Too much beard grooming and not enough chapel haunting.
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