Slayer – Repentless

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Metal bogans unite! After four long years, they’re back. Freaking Slayer are back. Repentless is the first album with drummer Paul Bostaph in just about fifteen years and with Gary Holt. What better way to pay their respects to the late Jeff Hanneman by releasing one of their most vicious albums in a long time.

Vocalist Tom Araya brings his all from the get-go, he screams like he’s still in his twenties and with such enthusiasm. Main man and guitarist Kerry King consistently delivers fresh thrash riffs with absolute precision. Album-track ‘Repentless’ is an anecdote of the band’s blistering passion with such pace it may have triple the notes of your average metal track. The music video is close to release after having been filmed in a prison.
Most of Repentless is at a manic pace, as the band race through versus with an agenda. The exception of course is ‘When the Stillness Comes’, commencing with a slow, mysterious and erie instrumentation. Araya complements his bandmates with whispery poetry before the song explodes into technical riffage and bassy carnage.
Slayer have certainly proven to the world that they’re alive and well, kicking on and bringing the thrash brutality. Forget who the original musicians are and appreciate the present, an enjoyable forty minutes of what we know and love.