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World Painted Blood

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There will no doubt be a lot of hoopla concerning the name Slayer have chosen for World Painted Blood. In many ways, it could have been called Reign in Blood Revisited. But the word "revisited " is the key. Some compositions on this new recording have more of the band's early-style melody in them, with lightning flare-up riffs between verses; quick, unexpected guitar pyrotechnics; and blastbeat power drumming from Dave Lombardo (the band's original drummer who returned to the lineup for 2006's Christ Illusion) pushing it all into the red. But there are mannerisms and strategies from the band's later albums at work as well -- even if they are unconsciously employed. Christ Illusion reached deep into Slayer's old bag of tricks to reorient themselves to more speed-based playing after the midtempo records of the late '90s, and there was a fantastic concentration on riffs and call and response between the guitars and rhythm section. On World Painted Blood the focus is more on songs, and therefore the return of the "melodic" aspect of the band's past -- and let's face it, during the classic years Slayer were peerless in that department. The riffs make sense in the context of Tom Araya's sung verses, and so do the considerable beats. Check the opener with its intricate instrumental intro bracing the listener for the eruption of power that follows -- Araya's spoken word interludes notwithstanding. "Americon" combines wah-wah riff heaviness with thundercrack drumming and Araya's downtuned bassline. Check the speed and intense guitar exchanges in "Public Display of Dismemberment" and "Psychopathy Red" for the best evidence of Slayer at their most powerful on this set. Despite great songs and great playing, there are more midtempo tracks here than on Christ Illusion, and Greg Fidelman's production style takes a different tack altogether for this guitar-manic crew. Lombardo's drums are WAAAAAAAY up in the mix, as are Araya's vocals -- you can understand every word, even on the thrashers; the guitars are simply further down in the mix and sometimes it becomes difficult to discern Araya's bass. Therefore, the first listen or two to World Painted Blood might be a bit confusing for the seasoned Slayer fan, but that changes quickly, and the sound of those drums blasting in one's head will become a more than welcome presence in the mix. [There are two other editions of World Painted Blood: the Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus DVD containing a thematic narrative (and disturbing) animated video, and the other one is on vinyl with a copy of the CD enclosed in the sleeve.]
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
World Painted Blood
00:05:53

Tom Araya, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

2
Unit 731
00:02:39

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

3
Snuff
00:03:42

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

4
Beauty Through Order
00:04:36

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

5
Hate Worldwide
00:02:51

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

6
Public Display Of Dismemberment
00:02:34

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

7
Human Strain
00:03:09

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

8
Americon
00:03:22

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

9
Psychopathy Red
00:02:26

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

10
Playing With Dolls
00:04:13

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

11
Not Of This God
00:04:19

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer, Executive Producer - Greg Fidelman, Producer - Slayer, MainArtist

℗ 2009 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises

Album Description

There will no doubt be a lot of hoopla concerning the name Slayer have chosen for World Painted Blood. In many ways, it could have been called Reign in Blood Revisited. But the word "revisited " is the key. Some compositions on this new recording have more of the band's early-style melody in them, with lightning flare-up riffs between verses; quick, unexpected guitar pyrotechnics; and blastbeat power drumming from Dave Lombardo (the band's original drummer who returned to the lineup for 2006's Christ Illusion) pushing it all into the red. But there are mannerisms and strategies from the band's later albums at work as well -- even if they are unconsciously employed. Christ Illusion reached deep into Slayer's old bag of tricks to reorient themselves to more speed-based playing after the midtempo records of the late '90s, and there was a fantastic concentration on riffs and call and response between the guitars and rhythm section. On World Painted Blood the focus is more on songs, and therefore the return of the "melodic" aspect of the band's past -- and let's face it, during the classic years Slayer were peerless in that department. The riffs make sense in the context of Tom Araya's sung verses, and so do the considerable beats. Check the opener with its intricate instrumental intro bracing the listener for the eruption of power that follows -- Araya's spoken word interludes notwithstanding. "Americon" combines wah-wah riff heaviness with thundercrack drumming and Araya's downtuned bassline. Check the speed and intense guitar exchanges in "Public Display of Dismemberment" and "Psychopathy Red" for the best evidence of Slayer at their most powerful on this set. Despite great songs and great playing, there are more midtempo tracks here than on Christ Illusion, and Greg Fidelman's production style takes a different tack altogether for this guitar-manic crew. Lombardo's drums are WAAAAAAAY up in the mix, as are Araya's vocals -- you can understand every word, even on the thrashers; the guitars are simply further down in the mix and sometimes it becomes difficult to discern Araya's bass. Therefore, the first listen or two to World Painted Blood might be a bit confusing for the seasoned Slayer fan, but that changes quickly, and the sound of those drums blasting in one's head will become a more than welcome presence in the mix. [There are two other editions of World Painted Blood: the Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus DVD containing a thematic narrative (and disturbing) animated video, and the other one is on vinyl with a copy of the CD enclosed in the sleeve.]
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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