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  • Summary: Greg Fidelman and Rick Rubin produced the latest disc for the thrash metal band.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It’s a bummer that Slayer’s November 13 Air Canada Centre show, and their entire tour, has been postponed due to lead singer/bassist Tom Araya’s back problems, but we can console ourselves with their excellent new album, which finds the dark-minded, serial-killer-obsessed California thrashers keeping all things in balance.
  2. Greg Fidelman does a better production job here than he did on Metallica’s "Death Magnetic," perhaps due to oversight by Rick Rubin, who produced Slayer’s best work.
  3. World Painted Blood may not be Reign In Blood, but it finds Slayer close to their best.
  4. Slayer has remained unrelentingly true to its origins. The innovations no longer arrive with each album, but the quartet is playing at a high level, and Greg Fidelman’s production captures that sound with thrilling, their-fist-your-face immediacy.
  5. Slayer being timely is not Slayer being timeless. But the way they're still playing, they sure sound like it.
  6. 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.
  7. 50
    Tom Araya's shriek has grown ponderous, and not until rosary-ripping closer 'Not of This God' do the four mid-fortysomethings bypass their rigid polkacore hopscotch for a devastating groove.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    This is the best Slayer album since Seasons in The Abyss. You can feel the old aggressive Slayer in this album. Fast, devastating and complexThis is the best Slayer album since Seasons in The Abyss. You can feel the old aggressive Slayer in this album. Fast, devastating and complex riffs are combining with old but brutal voice of Tom. All the songs are very good, old school thrash with high quality sound. Slayer fans must listen this brilliant piece of artwork. 10 out of 10 Expand
  2. EdA
    Dec 3, 2009
    10
    No question, the best metal album of the year. After 25+ years defining thrash metal Slayer show the kids how it's done. Another classic No question, the best metal album of the year. After 25+ years defining thrash metal Slayer show the kids how it's done. Another classic to add to their legacy. Expand
  3. May 10, 2011
    10
    One of their best albums and an improvement over Christ Illusion. Prue aggression and metal shineyness from start to finish certainly can'tOne of their best albums and an improvement over Christ Illusion. Prue aggression and metal shineyness from start to finish certainly can't be a bad thing. Expand
  4. JoshF
    Nov 6, 2009
    9
    SLAYER!!! This is pure Slayer--as good or better than Christ Illusion. They are still fierce and they sound terrific. Spin's review is SLAYER!!! This is pure Slayer--as good or better than Christ Illusion. They are still fierce and they sound terrific. Spin's review is moronic and plum lame (e.g. "rigid polkacore hopscotch"? Really?). Expand
  5. TheOz
    Dec 1, 2009
    9
    Maybe one song on here that doesn't agree with me 100%, but Slayer still has it. With Dave Lombardo back in the fold on drums, this Maybe one song on here that doesn't agree with me 100%, but Slayer still has it. With Dave Lombardo back in the fold on drums, this album absolutely kills it! Expand
  6. SeanJ
    Nov 12, 2009
    9
    If you like Slayer, this album has everything your black heart desires. If you don't like Slayer, why the hell are you listening to this?
  7. DylanD.
    Nov 6, 2009
    0
    Absolutely terrible. Slayer has failed. Again.

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