Re-release of the debut full-length studio album by legendary American Thrash Metal band.
Slayer’s debut is still regarded as a milestone for a new way of doing Metal. This new way was a start of the real Thrash Metal. This album is, along with “Kill ‘Em All”, “Killing Is My Business… And My Business Is Good” and “Bonded By Blood”, an important sign of the new growing scene. Slayer, grown up with Venom and true Heavy Metal, created a piece of history, a must for every Metal kid. And the story begins right here… Four guys, that wanted to play fast and brutal, join together and, after few demos, they recorded the first album, “Show No Mercy” - ten tracks of pure Speed/Thrash Metal!
Brian Slagel signed the band to Metal Blade, after watching their performing of the song "Phantom of the Opera" by Iron Maiden. The band was forced to self-finance their debut album, combining the savings of vocalist Tom Araya, who was employed as a respiratory therapist, and money borrowed from guitarist Kerry King's father. Touring extensively promoting the album, the band brought close friends and family members along the trip, who helped backstage with lighting and sound.
The album was recorded & mixed in November 1983 at Track Record Studios and released a month later. It tooks only eight hours to record (!!!), so as to cut down studio costs, which explains the poor production quality. Although criticized for poor production quality, "Show No Mercy" became Metal Blade Records' highest selling release!
Nothing commercial, nothing accessible - just pure Thrash f*****g Metal of the highest order with a steroidal injection of NWOBHM!!
Limited Edition gatefold coloured 180 gram Grey or White vinyl!!
Metal Blade Records/Back On Black, 1983/2009 (BOBV154LP). Made in UK.
1. Evil Has No Boundaries 03:07
2. The Antichrist 02:48
3. Die By The Sword 03:35
4. Fight Till Death 03:36
5. Metal Storm / Face The Slayer 04:51
6. Black Magic 04:02
7. Tormentor 03:35
8. The Final Command 02:31
9. Crionics 03:27
10. Show No Mercy 03:06
Total playing time: 34:38