By 1998, it seems that Slayer has fully explored the possible variations on their signature style; they've had all the influence and impact they're going to, which means that in order to keep their fans' reverence and critics' respect, it's much more advisable for new Slayer material to offer competent retrenchments rather than experimentation with current trends. And they do indeed follow the former approach on Diabolus in Musica (Latin for "the devil in music"), an album that will certainly please fans while offering little that hasn't been heard before. If Divine Intervention tried (perhaps too hard) to re-create the full-on rush of the classic Reign in Blood, then Diabolus in Musica employs more of the in-between feel of Seasons in the Abyss, albeit with a thicker-sounding production and slightly more emphasis on texture than the formerly almighty riff. It may lack some of the spark and vitality of their 1980s recordings, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either. Even if their liner art keeps getting more and more graphic, the music is still the same old Slayer, and that's pretty much what sellout-wary diehards want to hear.
Performance CreditsSlayer Primary Artist
Tom Araya Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Hanneman Guitar
Kerry King Guitar
Paul Bostaph Drums
Paul Ostaph Drums
Technical CreditsSlayer Producer,Audio Production
Tom Araya Lyricist,Producer
Jeff Hanneman Lyricist,Producer
Kerry King Lyricist,Producer
Rick Rubin Producer,Audio Production
Greg Gordon Engineer
Paul Bostaph Producer
Frank Art Direction
Rick Sales Management
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Diabolus in Musica based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I would recomend this cd to every heavy metal fan out there. This cd is amazing. Tom is around his 40's and hes still screaming his brain out!
About the time that this album was released, Slayer became the target of accusations that they had sold out to Nu-Metal. Now, on this album they do use dropped tunings, and the tritone interval (an augmented fourth or diminished fifth, the "Diabolus in Musica" or the Devil in music) which littered the first few Black Sabbath albums is quite prominent here. Still, Slayer in no way sold out on this album. They may have lost a half or quarter step, but the guitars still leap out of the speakers in an assault on everyone within earshot. The music is still down and dirty, and the lyrics are still guaranteed to offend a youngling's parents. The artwork alone, with its images of gunshot victims and the like, is warning enough that this is one thrash band that hasn't mellowed over time. It isn't their best, but it's still a damned sight better than anything being released by their peers at the time. Not essential for the uninitiated, but absolutely necessary for the faithful, if only to revel in the continued depravity and darkness that Slayer seem to be able to conjure up at will.
okay this is my first review for a slayer album i do not know alot about the band but their music is just very insane and crazy slayer are still the thrash metal gods of america thanks to slayer the heavy metal music scene is still alive while other bands try to keep it staying alive slayer is a band that grabs you where it hurts and takes you on a long insane journey this band is one of the best thanks slayer for keeping thrash metal alive
This album was wesome beyond comprhension. I listened to it once and the songs kept playing in my mind for weeks, and my ears begged me to listen to it over and over again. Best release since "Seasons in the Abyss". The best songs are "Bitter Peace", "Stain of Mind", and "In the Name of God".