The ninth full-length studio album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
Incredibly brutal, "God Hates Us All" is Slayer's most effective album since "Seasons in the Abyss" (1990), thanks in large part to Matt Hyde's raw production and a handful of killer songs. The previous few Slayer albums, "Divine Intervention" (1994), "Undisputed Attitude" (1996) and "Diabolus In Musica" (1998), were relatively disappointing, at least for anyone familiar with the band's defining triptych of "Reign In Blood" (1986), "South of Heaven" (1988) and "Seasons In the Abyss" (1990). While "God Hates Us All" isn't on a par with those classics, without much argument one could call it a return to form for Slayer. A couple "War Ensemble"-style thrashers, "Disciple" and "New Faith", get the album off to vicious start; "Payback" concludes the album likewise. On the other hand, "Bloodline" is a slower-paced, evocative song in the style of "Reign in Blood" and "South of Heaven", including a melodic chorus. These are the highlights of "God Hates Us All", and while there are some passable songs sequenced throughout the 13-track album, it's solid and well-balanced overall.
Especially since it arrived after a long absence, "God Hates Us All" should be a relief for long-time Slayer fans who were afraid the band had fallen off during the '90s, and it well may surprise newcomers unfamiliar with the band's prime recordings from the mid- to late '80s.
Album was released on the day of the tragedy in the United States, September 11, 2001. Release date of the album was delayed because of problems with the cover, due to difficulties during the recording, and because of the change of producer. It is also the last album with drummer Paul Bostaph, before it return in 2013. The album was recorded with the old, traditional for Slayer hard sound.
In its week of release, "God Hates Us All" debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200 and sold 51000 copies. It entered the Canadian Albums Chart at number 9 and debuted at number 18 on the top Internet album chart. As of August 16, 2006 the album has sold 304000 copies in the United States. The band was first time nominated for a Grammy Award, for the song "Disciple", but the prize was awarded to the other band.
Dave Lombardo re-joined Slayer and attended music festivals worldwide to promote "God Hates Us All" and record drums on the 2006 album "Christ Illusion".
American Recording, LLC, 2001 (0602537352234). Made in Germany.
1.Darkness of Christ 01:30
3.God Send Death 03:46
4.New Faith 03:05
5.Cast Down 03:28
8.Seven Faces 03:42
11.War Zone 02:46
12.Here Comes the Pain 04:31
Total playing time: 42:40