Recorded and released as a follow-up to the Haunting the Chapel EP, specifically during the tour for that effort (though apparently actually in a studio with a few hypercharged fans in audible attendance), Live Undead shows the band still coming together in ways. Hell Awaits was around the corner and Reign in Blood further off yet, so the set relies on their earliest material, sometimes striking but formative nonetheless. But if nothing else Tom Araya's part snarling and part merry way around death, doom, and destruction was already nearly settled -- only one or two Rob Halford-level shrieks sneak through here and there ("The Antichrist" cartoonishly so) -- while the full quartet's Judas Priest/Iron Maiden in absolute overdrive approach was already paying off. Dave Lombardo's drumming handled the steadier stomp of songs like "Die by the Sword" solidly while going to town on "Captor of Sin" and particularly "Evil Has No Boundaries," the best performance of the seven songs. Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King -- the latter featuring a slightly unfortunate hairdo on the back cover -- strike just enough of a balance, however unexpectedly, between technical skill and flailing chaos. Hell Awaits eventually brought all the newer changes out in fuller force, even with subpar production, so Live Undead isn't really necessary except for the hardest of hardcore fans in the end, especially in comparison to Decade of Aggression. Still, it does have its "it could only be Slayer" moments -- including Araya's almost casual way of rudely introducing "Captor of Sin." [Some early CD versions include the original version of "Chemical Warfare" from Haunting the Chapel as a mighty fine bonus.]
Performance CreditsSlayer Primary Artist
Tom Araya Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Hanneman Guitar,Group Member
Kerry King Guitar,Group Member
Dave Lombardo Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsSlayer Producer
Kerry King Composer
Bill Metoyer Producer,Engineer
Albert Cueller Artwork,Cover Art
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Live Undead based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This album presents seven of Slayer's earlier works from ''Show No Mercy'' and ''Haunting The Chapel''. The recording is somewhat rough. You can hear Tom Araya between songs talking to the crowd, but it sounds like the recording microphone was several feet away from him. The music sounds great! Even though the recording again sounds like the microphone was away from the cabinets, you can clearly hear the guitar solos, and the bass and rhythm guitars have been mixed in pretty well; the drums do get lost in the mix. The crowd was pretty riled up, they come across loud on this album. If you enjoy Slayer's first two albums, you will like ''Live Undead''. I give it 4 stars, only because the mix isn't the best, but the music still shreds!