Sound — 10
Note: I'm reviewing the collectors edition. This is a great "return" to form for slayer, even though they never lost it. The songs are brutal and the lyrics are great, as usual. Slayer really blend the fast and slow on this album, both from song to song and within songs themselves. This works really well, and for the most part, the songs blend together (in a good way), and the album flows very well and no song seems out of place. I absolutely love the energy of "Disciple," it makes me want to go insane, and I love the sinister nature and slow tempo of "Bloodline". the two bonus tracks are great too, "Addict" and "Scarstruck," I think the album would be much worse without it. The videos are great, as I'd never say no to a free raining blood video, and bloodline's video adds a great deal to the song (literally, part of the song is left out on the audio track). That was the one fault I had with the sound.
Lyrics — 10
Tom Araya does a really good job with the lyrics here. He does keep the "menacing talk" of previous albums, but he often also screams and sings quite melodically. I expected nothing less. The lyrics deal mostly with satanism, and are pretty disturbng as times, but that's why I love Slayer lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
I think this is possibly Slayer's best album, and I think songs like Bloodline and Disciple should be mandatory listening for all Slayer fans. The songs are all great, I cant really fault any of them. If you like Slayer, you should definitely go and buy the collector's edition for the extra stuff. And the different art work on the cover is cool too. If the album was stolen, I would buy it back straight away, because I love it!