God Hates Us All (Island Def Jam Records)
Slayer

By Eddy Metal

What can you say about the heaviest and most evil band to ever walk the face of the earth? You've got to admire what they've accomplished: they have a devoted worldwide army of fans ready and more than willing to scream `Slayer' in your face at the merest mention. The cool thing is, Slayer has never followed popular musical trends or fads. In fact, I believe they have somewhat become role models to heavy metal bands that do not believe In being "trend followers." Other bands look up to them because they have achieved major success while being true to the music they themselves believe in.

Slayer's latest release, God Hates Us All, which is the band's tenth album, is a demonic roller coaster ride through hell and back. Three words immediately come to mind: brutal, evil and uncompromising.

This album doesn't sound much different from their previous effort, Diabolus In Musica, other than there are maybe a few more guitar effects this time around, and it sounds a bit faster and eviler than the last one, if that's possible.

But the songwriting really shines on this one; the lyrics are thought-provoking and menacing, and, as always, the crushing guitar riffs are second to none. The most memorable tracks are "Bloodline," "Cast Down," "Here Comes The Pain," and "Disciple

Of course, having one of metal's best drummers in Paul Bostaph doesn't hurt. Make no mistakes about it, the members of Slayer are true heavy metal warriors, always fighting for the metal cause.

To make this very simple for you, if you enjoy Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, and/or the Deftones, chances are you will not like this Slayer CD.

On the other hand, If you enjoy Sepultura, Slipknot, Fear Factory and older stuff by Metallica and Testament, you will definitely like this CD.