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Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

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Release Date

1990

Duration

42:27

Genre

Pop/Rock

Styles

Heavy Metal Speed/Thrash Metal

Recording Location

  • Hit City West, Hollywood, CA
  • Hollwood Sound
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Record Plant, Hollywood, CA
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Aggressive Bleak Cathartic Fiery Harsh Intense Menacing Nihilistic Outrageous Provocative Tense/Anxious Theatrical Visceral Angry Hostile Malevolent Reckless Volatile

Slayer

Seasons in the Abyss

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AllMusic Review by Steve Huey

After staking out new territory with the underrated South of Heaven, Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of Reign in Blood for their third major-label album, Seasons in the Abyss. Essentially, Seasons fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven with manic bursts of aggression. "War Ensemble" and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date. In fact, Seasons in the Abyss is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, Seasons doesn't have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it's strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions). Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life -- war, murder, human weakness. There's even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren't trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica's Master of Puppets or Megadeth's Peace Sells...but Who's Buying, Seasons in the Abyss paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.

Track Listing

Title/ComposerPerformerTimeStream 1 War Ensemble Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman Slayer 4:51 SpotifyAmazon 2 Blood Red Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman Slayer 2:47 SpotifyAmazon 3 Spirit in Black Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 4:07 SpotifyAmazon 4 Expendable Youth Tom Araya / Kerry King Slayer 4:09 SpotifyAmazon 5 Dead Skin Mask Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman Slayer 5:20 SpotifyAmazon 6 Hallowed Point Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:23 SpotifyAmazon 7 Skeletons of Society Kerry King Slayer 4:40 SpotifyAmazon 8 Temptation Kerry King Slayer 3:25 SpotifyAmazon 9 Born of the Fire Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:07 SpotifyAmazon 10 Seasons in the Abyss Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman Slayer 6:37 SpotifyAmazon blue highlight denotes track pick