Sound — 10
Seasons In The Abyss is definately Slayer's most all rounded sounding album. At times, Reign in Blood was too fast and cluttered, and South of Heaven was too quiet and slow. But Seasons is both of them slammed into one, kind of like a greatest hits album. The fast songs, "War Ensemble", "Spirit In Black", "Hallowed Point", and "Born Of Fire" are breathtaking, skillful and very inventive. "Blood Red" and "Temptation" are slowed down in pace, still very inventive, while slow burners "Expandable Youth", "Dead Skin Mask", "Skeletons Of Society" and "Seasons In The Abyss" are arguably the most catchy. Also, Tom Araya returns to his growling/screaming after the calmer, but slightly disappointing singing vocals on South Of Heaven.
Lyrics — 10
Some of Slayer's more thoughtful lyrics, the sort of lyrics that make you think "What?", and then hours, or even days later you finally get it, and think "Oh my god, that's friggin' brilliant!". Again, Tom's return to growling is a big improvement over South of Heaven's soft singing. The lyrics definately fit with the music, and not a single line sounds out of place.
Overall Impression — 10
Easier to listen to than Reign, more exiting to listen to than Heaven, more entertaining to listen to than Divine Intervention, and just better than Hell Awaits, plus it beats everything else they made. Here is my views on the songs: 01. War Ensemble - one of the faster songs from the album, and one of Slayer's overall best. As a song about war, this compares to South of Heaven's Mandatory Suicide. Definately a track pick. 02. Blood Red - one of the best riffs from the whole album, this song about a massacre is one of Slayer's "Greatest Misses". It is a fan favourite but it doesn't deserve a place in any greatest hits albums. 03. Spirit In Black - Seasons In The Abyss' MySpace song, this is one of the most evil songs on the album. One of Jeff and Kerry's best solos. If I had to compare it to a song on Reign In Blood or South Of Heaven, it would be Live Undead on South of Heaven. 04. Expandable Youth - they must love war, because this is the fourth song from two albums that is based on it. Anyway, one of the slower songs on Seasons, and definately one the most catchy. 05. Dead Skin Mask - this may be one of their best songs, a fixture in their gigs, and one of their most recognised songs, but it isn't as good as it is made out to be. Brilliant, but not my favourite. 06. Hallowed Point - yes. One of the most sophisticated songs from Seasons, second only to War Ensemble, this blistering head rape is a definate greatest hits collection anthem. The only setback is the first solo. He sounds like he's half way through a verse when the song bursts out into a random solo. And it doesn't even sound good! 07. Skeletons Of Society - a wierd song. Not wierd as in the content of the song, wierd as in the fact it's everyones favourite, but no-one would put it on a greatest hits album! Shame, since it is really catchy and addictive. 08. Temptation - on nearly every album I own, there is a song or two that I never really seem to get into. Temptation is smart and imaginative, it's just the switching side vocals don't really do anything for me. 09. Born Of Fire - blisteringly fast, Born of Fire has all the makings of a classic. Based on the life of a phoenix, the best and most riddling lyrics on the album can be found here. Another track pick. 10. Seasons In The Abyss - slayer songs usually have some form of catchiness, but if they were all placed in order of how much you can love listening to it and how much it gets stuck in your head, then this would be a strong contender for the crown. Slow burning, fast becomes a favourite.