Sound — 8
One of Slayers best. This album is crafted with a great sound that is not as heavy as God Hates Us All but delivers some very distorted, dissonant riffs that require a 7 string guitar. THe album is looking at the main themes Slayer looks to. God, death and some crazy effing people who did effed up experiments, reminiscent of the Joesph Mengele inspired "Angel of Death". Styles used in this album are THrash metal, heavy metal and death metal delivering a sparkling tribulation to pain, death and destruction (the only things we could wish for). Slayer use the normal psycho inspired guitar solos as well as riffs containing the sort of disonance, diad, p.m.in you'd expect. Innovations would probably be with "not of this God" which is a lot of dissonant tremolo picked guitar parts that lead into a 7 string duet of ungodliness.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrics as always are very inventive in destroying gods hold on humanity. "Playing with DOlls"is a standout with its lyrical uniqueness. Lyrics are extremely in tune with guitar. ranging from normal talking to classic screams from Tom Araya, blending beautifully together. Singing skills are still top notch with Tom staying above all the commotion of the dueling guitars and bass as well as though kick ass drums. My fav line has to be "all alone in my funeral home, playing in blood, theres just got to be something wrong with me" in playing with dolls. Brilliant absolutly brilliant
Overall Impression — 8
This album is my top 2 album for Slayer with God Hates Us All as number one. I love about this album the most is the title track "world Painted Blood" which has a ungodly brilliant start that really opens you up to what the albums gonna be like. My other fav is "Playing with Dolls" which has a very dissonant start that very minor in tonality I love Slayers overall dissonat tonality and effects that are added to the songs they play with the vocal ability of Tom. I just wish they would be more creative with their solos.