Slayer – God Hates Us All

Yesterday I gave the excellent Diabolus In Musica a spin. Today, God Hates Us All.

Typical of Slayer, this album title was sure to create a bit of controversy. Kerry King even got the words of the title tattooed (in big letters) all the way down his arm. The album’s cover was also controversial. My used copy came with the white cover, but when I pulled the booklet out, the white cover was just a single page slip-in to mask the original cover. Apparently this was done to please retail outlets. Go figure.

No matter. This album is incredibly heavy. Of course it is, it’s Slayer. It’s the last (so far) made with Paul Bostaph on the drums and, once again, I had absolutely no problem with his contributions to this heaving monster of a record.

Darkness Of Christ is a swirling, quasi-musical talking thing, a disappointing waste of 1.5 minutes of intro time. Fortunately, Disciple steps up and blasts you right in the solar plexus, and we’re off to the races from there. The rest of the album chugs along with great anger and menace, with a lot of mid-tempo sections that I actually found more impressive than their typical ultra-fast parts.

Of course, with an album title like that (which is the chorus of Disciple), religion is one of the big tickets here. With song titles like God Send Death, New Faith, and Cast Down, you’re assured of some interesting lyrics. But there’s lots more, with serial killers and murder and hate and revenge and… well, you get the picture.

It’s fucking intense. Seriously. I listened to this top to bottom and I came away completely drained. Which is, I think, the point of every Slayer record. Slayer does nothing by halves, and this record is absolutely no exception.

Interesting Trivia: The band certainly had no possible way of knowing what else would happen on that day, and make of this album’s contents with what we now know as you will, but this album’s release date was September 11, 2001.

In Sum:

God Hates Us All is a brutal, relentless and superb Slayer record. I just loved it, even while it was kicking my ass. Especially while it kicked my ass.

10 thoughts on “Slayer – God Hates Us All

  1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

    I was never that big a Slayer fan to be honest. I drifted off after Seasons and then started picking up on them again with Christ Illusion. Still don’t have this one but I’ve quite liked the songs I’ve heard from it though (the ones on the box set) Nice writeup!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks! You’re not much of a fan but you have the boxed set? Man, I’d LOVE to have that thing! hahaha.

      It looks like you drifted away when Lombardo left, and came back when he did! I think a lot of people did that. But Bostaph did a great job, no complaints here. These are just great Slayer records (as if there’s a bad one, really, since they do that thing that they do so well). I noticed in other reviews that more people disliked Diabolus (I don’t know why) and liked this one better. To each their own, I guess. I liked ’em both!

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      1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

        Definitely not a Bostaph vs Lombardo thing. To be honest if my brother wasn’t such a big fan back then I might not even have got as far as Seasons. I more of a Show No Mercy/Haunting the Chapel kind of guy. I was never even all that into Reign in Blood.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Well good on your brother for keeping you in that long! Haha. I don’t have SNM or HTC. I know I loved RIB though, and not because I was supposed to because it was one of THOSE records, you know. I just thought it was this awesome blast and it hit me right. If those other two get HMO approval as better than that, I have got to get them!

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          1. Heavy Metal Overload says:

            I like Reign in Blood… I dunno, there’s just something about Slayer that just doesn’t do it for me. I appreciate them more than I love them if that makes any sense. I think you’d maybe understand hearing the earlier stuff why it’s more up my street. I’m not saying it’s better, it’s just more my kind of thing.

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Dammit, now I gotta add these to my Taranna list too. If we keep this up, I’m gonna have to rent a truck to carry everything, and notify VISA that things are gonna get scary when we go…

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