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Slayer - Show No Mercy (6,5/10) - USA - 1983

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 35:02
Band homepage: Slayer

Tracklist:

  1. Evil Has No Boundaries
  2. The Antichrist
  3. Die By the Sword
  4. Fight Till Death
  5. Metal Storm/Face The Slayer
  6. Black Magic
  7. Tormentor
  8. The Final Command
  9. Crionics
  10. Show No Mercy
Slayer - Show No Mercy
Here it is. The album that would usher in a world of pain to the realms for years to come. "Show No Mercy" marks the debut of grand Thrash-legends, SLAYER.

Now, if you've heard other SLAYER-albums aside from this one, you might be a bit surprised as to what lies in store. In fact, you won't hear too much of that Punk-influence they've been known to manipulate over the years. Instead, you'll hear more to the tune of, what was called at the time, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (or NWoBHM)-influenced material. Actually, it sounds very similar to early VENOM. That's right, before SLAYER had developed a reputation and atmosphere of their own, they, like many new bands, emulated the ways of the masters before them. My only problem is that I'm not much of a VENOM-fan.

"Show No Mercy" comes off like a bad, straight-to-video movie with no popcorn. The special effects are awesome, but there's no story line (not an original one anyhow), the acting corny at best, and you're left with an empty stomach in the end.

However, at the time, all the members were practically just kids, so playing after another well known band or style comes as only natural, and most of the errors on the album are more than excusable due to this as well. Hell, not being able to play a solo would soon become a SLAYER-trademark! Hahaha!

But the fact remains that this album is just a little too cheesy for my tastes. Unless your a Metallic historian, or a huge SLAYER-fan, I wouldn't really worry about this album being in your collection.

Carl Wood



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