Tuneage Tutleage Music Review - Slayer "World Painted Blood"

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This is a difficult review to write...There have been other CDs I received that did not rock my socks...left me feeling meh...but this one - well, I just did not enjoy.

Now, while I have always loved Ozzie and Black Sabbath and Deep Purple and Twisted Sister; and remember, that at one point Zeppelin was also considered metal music, but "Trash Metal" has never been high on my list of listens.

The CD I was sent to review is the newest release by SLAYER. Entitled World Painted Blood, and is their 11th studio release. Slayer is # Tom Araya – lead vocals, bass guitar; Jeff Hanneman – guitar; Kerry King – guitar; Dave Lombardo – drums.

I listened to the songs on this CD and there is no doubt these guys can play their instruments. They are not just banging on the strings to make noise as is the case with some bands that fit within this genre.

They are skilled. It is just the overall sound they produce that does nothing for me. It all ends up sounding the same, song after song. After listening and writing down my notes, I went in search of other reviews to see if I am the only one who is not impressed.

Well, I can not guarantee that everyone loved this album, but it has been praised as being one of their best ever with more melody than past albums (really...more melody?...mmmm k).

The themes are all based on death and destruction; global genocide, the upheaval of our political system, technology and the horrors it has brought into our world, and a scary look at how the world views America.

From the title track we hear:

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 veins
Global genocide
Slaughter governs law
The apocalypse begins
Pain becomes the norm
Seeking homicide
Beware the coming storm
That starts illuminating fires
God is laughing hard
Man has gone insane

And in many cases this is mild. One song, "Psychopathy Red", centers on the Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who confessed to murdering 56 children...no blue skies and puppies on this CD.

On the song "Hurt Worldwide", the lyrics tear at the scabs of human-nature:

Religious death, I instigate
From what the bible demonstrates
Does it document creation
Of this hopeless infliction
Of a godless heretic
Not a god-fearing lunatic
Not a god-fearing lunatic
That's why it's become my obsession
To treat God like an infection
My scars insane, my life profane
I deny, defy, and spread a little hate, worldwide!

I am sure there are those who will find this CD wonderful. One of the difficulties of doing music reviews is that every so often, one comes along that so totally goes against your grain.This CD did just that for me...

From the song "Americon" come these lyrics...and sound bite:

With our callous minds we infect
Other ways of life no regrets
Like a masochist we instigate
While the rest of the world must tolerate

Americon, it's all about the mother fucking oil
Regardless of the flag upon it's soil
In a blood bath we pad our fucking greed
The price is high to maintain liberty

I have the CD available to anyone who might want it. Let me know in the comments section...

Tour note: Slayer will join forces with Megadeath to co-headline "American Carnage".
The tour will kick off on January 18 in Seattle , WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20.

"American Carnage" is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00.

These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone. Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

On another music note:
The video for Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa” exclusively debuted yesterday on Rolling Stone Online. Directed by Nash Edgerton, the song comes from Dylan’s most recent release, Christmas In The Heart, and is the first time Dylan has appeared in one of his own music videos in promotion of one of his own albums since 1997’s “Not Dark Yet” from Time Out Of Mind.

View the “Must Be Santa” video here.

Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.”

All of the artist’s U.S. royalties from sales of Christmas In The Heart will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year’s holiday season.

Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.

Now how cool is that! Hell, even if you do not like Dylan, buy the CD and give it away at Christmas and make someone who loves Dylan happy, while feeding the hungry!

This week on Dr. Blogstein’s
Radio Happy Hour

Actor David Proval (above), best known for his role as Richie Aprile in “The Sopranos” and actress Tanna Frederick (left, with actor David Garver) star in a new play called “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway.” Both will appear on this week’s Radio Happy Hour.

The show, written by Henry Jaglom and directed by Gary Imhoff, is centered around an eccentric theater family. The show runs until December 20th at Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA

Tommy Pistol, a Queens, NY born actor, spent 11 years working with a sketch comedy group called Cheese Theater. Then, he entered the world of pornography.
Now, a former adult film star, he has 16 movies on his resume including Not Another Porn Movie, The XXXorcist, and Horat.

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19 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dana Says:
  2. Slayer ...

    I think I'd have loved the album 25 years ago!

  3. Schmoop Says:
  4. Is it just me, or does anyone else find Dylan singing Christmas carols kind of odd and funny? Cheers!!

  5. DrillerAA09 Says:
  6. Sorry, I have NO interest in hearing Slayer...on any level. Maybe they're just too uplifting for my taste. Maybe not.

  7. Ken Says:
  8. Bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! Not for me dude!

  9. LAC Says:
  10. Not my style, never was. Closest I've ever come to liking rock was Poison and Aerosmith back in the day, but only some of their stuff. lol.

    Have a great day!

  11. Wow. That was really awful. Great review, though. Have a great show...

  12. Travis Cody Says:
  13. Slayer was on my sister's rotation, but I could never listen to more than a few minutes at a time. I'm wondering about that melody comment thought...melody isn't something I've ever associated with the Slayer sound.

    But that's just my ear. I'm sure Slayer fans are ecstatic.

  14. Wow, Slayer, huh? For some reason, I was expecting something from another genre.

    Well done, though. You provided a very objective review, even though you're not a "trash metal" fan.

  15. DANA: Honestly, not sure I would have liked this even back then

    MATT-MAN: nope, just you


    MICKEYT: yup, there ya go

    SHUTTERBUG: Lisa...well this is NOT for you then

    BUD: Thanks Sir

    TRAVIS: I listened to the entire thing and a few songs twice, so I tried...I did

    SOUTHERN: Thinking Rap perhaps? Nope...Thank you, I tried to be objective and I think I was fair.

  16. ...Must Be Santa...now THAT has melody!...good and honest review of the head-bangers, though...(p.s.: please don't send me the disc!)...

  17. Jay Says:
  18. I just listened to a wonderful interview with Norah Jones on NPR. They even had a little sneak peek at her new CD.

    Back in high school this stuff by Slayer was exactly what I loved and listened too. But, today I prefer Norah Jones and am going to go back and listen to that interview again in hopes that I will drive Slayer out of my mind.

    I think I'm getting old.

  19. I still love my Thrash Metal :P I dig Americon. If you don't like thrash though this is not going to be your cup of tea. Then again I own Rammstein as well ;)

  20. PHFRANKIE: Yes it does... OK, I will recall the disc I mailed to you last night!

    JAY: Ah the times they do change us I guess...

    STARR: See, now I knew you would jump on this! I like metal...trash metal, nope...I am thinking the CD will end up in the Northwest soon!
    Any other takers before she walks off with it?

  21. What can I say, if I liked it in high school chances are I still like it. I just finished listening to Metallica's Master of Puppets :P

    Kidlet will be jazzed ;)

  22. Come on, Starr. Quit with all the nonsense and just tell him you want the CD.

  23. LOL Southern :P I do want it but I know for a fact who will end up with the actual CD in her case. Kidlet will win that one.

  24. STARR: The metal girl survives!

    SOUTHERN: OH, I read between the lines with STARR all the time..hell, I knew she would be asking for it before she even did!

    STARR: And it will be on your i-pod, so what the hay!

  25. Bob Dylan as I've never seen him! Yikes! :)

  26. Unknown Says:
  27. Depending on my mood I can get into Slayer. Not something I would listen to anyday of the week, but sometimes...yea.

    Good review. I know it's hard to write a review of something you don't like and not just trash it and still try to be objective. It's a fine line to walk sometimes.


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