Second European re-release of the sixth full-length studio album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
The band's first album with new drummer Paul Bostaph, replacing the original drummer Dave Lombardo. However, it was the first album with a new sound, which could be seen a departure from the canonical Slayer's Thrash Metal style. The new sound was characterized by a high volume, loss of the melodic line and the strong influence of Punk Rock.
The Rock & Roll landscape changed dramatically between "Seasons In The Abyss" in 1990 and "Divine Intervention" in 1994. With the rise of Alternative Rock, many Metal and Hard Rock bands that had been enormously successful at the dawn of the '90s were struggling by the middle of the decade. Instead of doing something calculated like emulating Nirvana or Pearl Jam, or for that matter, Nine Inch Nails or Ministry, Slayer wisely refused to sound like anyone but Slayer. Tom Araya and co. responded to the new environment simply by striving to be the heaviest Metal band they possibly could. Less accessible than "Seasons In The Abyss" but equally riveting, "Divine Intervention" marked drummer Paul Bostaph's studio debut with the band. Bostaph proved to be a positive, energizing influence on Slayer, which sounds better than ever on such dark triumphs as "Killing Fields", "Serenity in Murder" and "Circle of Beliefs".
Characteristically grim and morbid, Slayer focus on the violently repressive nature of governments and the lengths to which they will go to wield power. And true to form, Slayer's music is as disturbing as their lyrics.
The charts were a record for the band at the time, album debuted at position 8 on the Billboard 200 in the first week, sales of 93000 copies, and by 2002 it sold over 400000 copies in the US. It peaked number eight on the Billboard 200 and charted at number 15 on UK Albums Chart, and later in the same year album was certified Gold in Canada and the United States. Although it is less accessible than its predecessor "Seasons In The Abyss", Rolling Stone considered it to be their most successful album as of 2001.
In 1998 the album was banned in Germany due to the lyrics of "SS-3", "Circle of Beliefs", "Serenity in Murder", "213" and "Mind Control".
American Recordings, LCC/Universal Music Group International, 1994/2013 (0602537352227). Made in Germany.
1. Killing Fields 3:57
2. Sex. Murder. Art. 1:50
3. Fictional Reality 3:37
4. Dittohead 2:30
5. Divine Intervention 5:33
6. Circle Of Beliefs 4:29
7. SS-3 4:06
8. Serenity In Murder 2:36
9. 213 4:52
10. Mind Control 3:04
Total playing time: 36:34