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  • Summary: Greg Fidelman and Rick Rubin produced the latest disc for the thrash metal band.

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World Painted Blood
Disease spreading death Entire population dies Dead before you're born Massive suicide Vicious game of fear It's all extermination now Poison in your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. As long as expectations are met, we’ll be happy. And with World Painted Blood, we’re happier than we’ve been in some time.
  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: 22 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 2 out of 24
  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. DanL
    Nov 21, 2009
    10
    This album is both fascinating and exhilerating. i loved it. My favorite track is not of this god. awesome song. The title track is great as This album is both fascinating and exhilerating. i loved it. My favorite track is not of this god. awesome song. The title track is great as well . Great job SLAYA! Expand
  3. seanK
    Dec 4, 2009
    10
    Best Metal album of 2009, Not a bad song on it. My favorite tracks are: playing with dolls, title track, unit 731, hate world wide and snuff. Best Metal album of 2009, Not a bad song on it. My favorite tracks are: playing with dolls, title track, unit 731, hate world wide and snuff. This album is very well done and proves Slayer are still the bst Thrash metal band ever. 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. AndreasM
    Nov 18, 2009
    9
    What are you guys complaining about. Gets better and better each listen. Slayer produce again. Metallica can only dream of former glories.
  6. Mar 16, 2017
    7
    Decent but still generic. There's nothing new and every song sounds too similar, but the aggression and skill's still there. The solosDecent but still generic. There's nothing new and every song sounds too similar, but the aggression and skill's still there. The solos could've been better. Repentless was slightly better. Expand
  7. DylanD.
    Nov 6, 2009
    0
    Absolutely terrible. Slayer has failed. Again.

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