Some people had written off SLAYER after “Season In The Abyss”, too modern, boring and unoriginal. No idea. But with “Christ Illusion” the Americans almost returned to their full strength, the album offered a ride through all divine offerings of the eighties and SLAYER finally came back to the point.
One thing right away, who loved “Christ Illusion“, will also revere “World Painted Blood”. Everything has stayed the same, SLAYER celebrate their “found again” old school stuff, without sounding old-fashioned. Here and there they even dare a little experiment, but perfectly integrated into the overall sound, so that you hardly notice them. I don’t want to get into dissecting all even songs, but I just want to mention the highlights. The title track convinces with a good structure and has really whacked out solos, no Thrash maniac can elude this song. “Unit 731” is super-fast and a short aggro-wrecking ball par excellance. “Piece by Piece” is its godfather. “Snuff” keeps the tempo high and is introduced by an obligatory Hannemann/King solo, resulting in a catchy hammer that will split your skull. Araya has never sung that aggressively!
“Beauty Through Order“ reminds me a lot of “South Of Heaven“, so rather slow-paced, but no less heavy, the sudden fast part even sounds a little like “Raining Blood”. Great! I also should mention “Americon”, which is fairly modern, but sounds equally refined and evil. "Playing With Dolls" and „Not Of This God" both are classical SLAYER stuff, but perfectly executed and maybe because of that two of the highlights! The rest of the stuff is not bad or garbage, but the usual good stuff – just no highflyers.
Conclusion: SLAYER anno 2009 are still the shit!
(Online October 20, 2010)