The Evil You Dread: The String Quartet Tribute to Slayer

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Obviously, the punishing volume and intensity that define speed metal pioneers, Slayer, arrive in a more diluted form on The String Quartet Tribute to Slayer: The Evil You Dread. But that doesn't mean The Evil You Dread can't invoke similar feelings of tension, anxiety, and even aggression. These arrangements for violin, viola, and cello are often much slower than the originals, but by concentrating on the elaborate dynamics essential to Slayer's music, the album succeeds not only as a worthy tribute album, but as an outstanding illustration of the string instruments' adaptive qualities. Standouts include "Postmortem," with its grating electric cello solo; the menacing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Obviously, the punishing volume and intensity that define speed metal pioneers, Slayer, arrive in a more diluted form on The String Quartet Tribute to Slayer: The Evil You Dread. But that doesn't mean The Evil You Dread can't invoke similar feelings of tension, anxiety, and even aggression. These arrangements for violin, viola, and cello are often much slower than the originals, but by concentrating on the elaborate dynamics essential to Slayer's music, the album succeeds not only as a worthy tribute album, but as an outstanding illustration of the string instruments' adaptive qualities. Standouts include "Postmortem," with its grating electric cello solo; the menacing chord shifts of "Mandatory Suicide" and "Dead Skin Mask"; and "War Ensemble"'s reverb-drenched violins, which seem to plunge ever downward, spiraling with dizzying speed. The Evil You Dread will certainly provide a few casual thrills for the Slayer aficionado, but deserves more credit for rising above novelty by treating the band's music with respect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Vitamin Records
  • UPC: 027297847323
  • Catalog Number: 8473
  • Sales rank: 168,761

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Expendable Youth - String Vindaloo (4:13)
  2. 2 Bloodline - String Vindaloo (3:10)
  3. 3 Dead Skin Mask (4:38)
  4. 4 Divine Intervention - String Vindaloo (4:06)
  5. 5 Mandatory Suicide (3:31)
  6. 6 Post Mortem (2:50)
  7. 7 Die by the Sword - String Vindaloo (3:36)
  8. 8 South of Heaven (4:51)
  9. 9 War Ensemble - String Vindaloo (5:19)
  10. 10 Windless Death, for string quartet (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vitamin String Quartet Primary Artist
Tom Ferguson Violin
Michael McEvoy Violin, Viola, Soloist
Catherine Bent Cello
Gary Tussing Cello, Electric Cello
Rushad Eggleston Cello
K Ishibashi Violin
String Vindaloo String Quartet
Gary Lee Tussing Cello, Electric Cello
Michael J. McEvoy Violin, Viola
Toni Ferguson Violin
Technical Credits
Tom Araya Composer
Andrew D'Angelo Engineer
Jeff Hanneman Composer
Kerry King Composer
Michael McEvoy Arranger, Producer, Contributor
Paul Bostaph Composer
Callie Chung Graphic Design, Cover Art
K Ishibashi Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Keiko Watanabe Arranger
Andrew D'Angelo Engineering
Michael J. McEvoy Producer, Contributor
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