Reviews for Black Metal, Death Metal and some Ambient! The concept behind this site is to do full discography reviews. I will do my best to track down an entire discography to celebrate a band's evolution. I'm pretty strict on sticking to those genres, so please don't request I review something else. I also buy the vast majority of all the things I review and I don't really take promos from labels or demos from bands. If you're worth hearing, I will probably find you.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Slayer - Haunting the Chapel
Metal Blade Records, 1984
Genre: Thrash Metal
1. Chemical Warfare
2. Captor of Sin
3. Haunting the Chapel
4. Aggressive Perfector
When the guitar starts off in just the
left speaker and then the right speaker slowly fades in under the same rhythm
and then the drums kick in with a superb build up… that’s when I knew this was
going to be a great album. “Haunting the
Chapel” launches itself off with one of my all time favorite Slayer songs
“Chemical Warfare.” There’s something
about this guitar line that just really gets your blood flowing and if I ever
decide to cover a Slayer song it’s going to be this one. Granted, I greatly enjoyed “Show No Mercy,”
but this song shows that Slayer is going to progress into something much more
than even that.
The vocal performance on this album
seems akin to that of “Show No Mercy” only I think Araya spent less time using
those high pitched wails. I thought this
was a pretty good change-over. The only
problem with this is that the songs don’t remain as consistently strong as “Chemical
Warfare.” “Aggressive Perfector,” for
whatever reason is a bonus track, has this sort of really old school feel. I think this is where Slayer’s punk influence
showed through a little bit more than normal.
Alas, in my opinion this album didn’t end on a strong point. The other tracks seem to be leftovers from
the “Show No Mercy” album. I think this
was another case of where they had more songs than they wanted to put on their
debut full-length. I’ve noticed it can
be a rather common occurrence for bands sometimes.
This is definitely an EP to check out,
especially if you really enjoyed “Show No Mercy.” “Chemical Warfare” being the strongest song
on here but the other two tracks in the middle are quite solid. I believe as of writing this review (2005)
that this is now packaged with another album, so you get two for the price
one. Not that there’s anything wrong
with that, since most Slayer material from this era is worth owning.