Sound — 10
Let me start this off by saying this is by far my favorite death metal album of all time. Anders Bjurler has some insane guitar riffs, which are in a crushingly heavy standard B (B E A D F# B) tuning, and use a trashingly heavy distortion. His songs flow together, from the tremolo picked intro of "Under A Serpent Sun" to the melodic title track, "Slaughter Of The Soul". This CD was released in 1995, I was 4 years old. I knew nothing of this band until I was introduced to death metal just in these past few years. It's amazingly ahead of it's time music wise, which is why it is noted as one of the most influential death metal CDs ever. I have the extended version, which has a few demo's of songs, and some cover songs.
Lyrics — 10
Thomas Lindberg has my all-time favorite screams on this CD. They blend perfectly with the crushing guitar riffs, and the overall intensity of the band. The lyrics of the songs aren't meaningless jumble either, Lindberg shows off his talent and makes some great songs.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I said, this album redefined death metal, and was one of the most influential CDs of the '90s. My personal favorites are: Blinded By Fear, Slaughter Of The Soul, Under A Serpent Sun, and Into The Dead Sky, even though all of the songs are top notch. 9 crushing tracks, and two instrumentals (the bonus features are a cover of Slaughterlod's "Legion", an origonal "The Dying", A Slayer cover "Captor Of Sin", the 95 demo versions of "Unto Others" and "Suicide Nation" and a cover of No Security's "Blister Verklighet") make for one of the best CDs ever made. A Must have for any metal fan.