I distinctly remember listening to this album for the first time. June, 1998. I slipped it into my car's CD player in the parking lot of the mall. The slow bass of "Bitter Peace" kicked in. A trudging kind of metal, heavy in the pit of your stomach. And then the short break in the song where it gets quiet, then you can feel the build up coming, the drums rolling, and...dude. Holy shit. Speeeeeeed! Yes!! You could hear the old Slayer hardcore influence loud and clear. And I knew that at that very minute, there were thousands of other Slayer fans listening to this album for the first time and feeling a little let down.
I knew after my first full listen that most Slayer fans wouldn't like the album. In fact, quite a few of them called it Slayer’s worst album ever. Sure, it's not Reign in Blood, but why would you want every album to be the same? It’s still got war and destruction and blood and Satan. The guts haven’t changed, just the structure. Would it help if I told you that if you play In the Name of God backwards, it says “Kill everyone! Satan rules! Light churches on fire!”? Yea, really. Go try it! I’ll be over here enjoying this album for what it is while you listen for something you just aren’t going to get.
Favorite song: Stain of Mind
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