Released by: Nuclear Blast Records
Release date: 11 September 2015
Genre: Metal, Thrash, Hardcore
Tom Araya – Bass, Vocals
Kerry King – Guitar
Gary Holt – Guitar
Paul Bostaph – Drums
01. Delusions of Saviour
03. Take Control
05. Cast the First Stone
06. When the Stillness Comes
07. Chasing Death
09. Piano Wire
10. Atrocity Vendor
11. You Against You
12. Pride In Prejudice
Member 1235 reporting.
I figured I’d write this to you now that the dust has settled a bit and Repentless is finally in circulation. I know that fans’ letters are usually last if at all these days. I know you’re busy and it’s not like I’m one of those “old school fans” who has been listening to you in the 1980’s.
I had always heard of Slayer whilst growing up.
However due to a brief stint at Christian summer camp, which left me scarred, I figured you guys were devil worshippers. I was scared to see you in concert in fear of you having to check your life at the door. And all that blood.
So Slayer, you came into my life when I was in my early 30’s thanks to Ozzfest. Thanks to some gum I had in my bag and a bunch of Mexican Americans whom smoked this rank weed. They in themselves sold me on you. Slayer fans are not just some of the best in the world, they are in a class of their own. Between the enthusiasm for Slayer and their acceptance of a newbie like me, I figured I was ready for it to rain blood.
With that, I joined the Slayer Wermanchent (fanclub) and still have my official bottle opener, which I have to check when I get on planes. Because it is not allowed in my carry on.
This is what you get when you join the Slayer fan club. Not a silly shirt and a colour photocopy of bullshit autographs.
Slayer, since that time, there has been many changes to your evil make up.
Deaths, band divorces, producers who think they are too cool for you now (so much for loyalty – I bet the Beastie Boys coulda warned ya), smack talk from promoters on top of surgeries that limit head banging for a lifetime. It has been a whirlwind my friend.
Slayer, many bands would have headed for the hills or sat on their laurels, cashing in on what was if even 1/10th of what happened to you, happened them.
You took the path less travelled Slayer and made music from the madness for the masses that needed some Slayer.
You were Repentless about it.
What a great day to release Repentless on. September 11th must still be a difficult place for some and a good scream without having to fight anyone is priceless.
Right from the opening chord of Delusions of Saviour I am aware of one thing. Some things change and some things stay the same.
Repentless is for sure going to be one of those songs that I learn to scream the lyrics the same way I do when Disciple hits my mix – “No regrets, no apologies. What you get is what you see!” Which is so true of you Slayer. You always give us exactly what you think we deserve.
Take Control did exactly that and made me turn it up a little bit more and see if I can get that ABI to act up a bit.
Slayer has always been to me like AC/DC – good formula for musical magic. And if its not broken, why fix it?
From face melters like Atrocity Vendor and Vices, Slayer, you once prove that once I have heard it – I need to see it live.
Piano Wire is my favourite song on Repentless. It is fast and it is fun and showcases the individual musicianship of the new members of the Blood Brigade.
It amazes me that when people are writing you off Slayer, you come out with an album that the haters cannot ignore.
Well, fuck them, I love it and thanks for making a great Slayer album. BTW: Why not just do Slayerfest?
Written by: Marianne Jacobsen
Ratings: Marianne 10/10