Second European remastered re-release of the fifth full-length studio album by the legendary American Thrash Metal band.
It was the first album of Slayer released on the new Rick Rubin's label Def American (because of disagreements with the producer of Def Jam owner Russell Symons). "Seasons In The Abyss" is the last Slayer’ album with Dave Lombardo before his return in 2002.
After staking out new territory with the underrated "South Of Heaven", Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of "Reign In Blood" for their third major-label album, "Seasons In The Abyss". Essentially, "Seasons" fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of "South Of Heaven" with manic bursts of aggression. "War Ensemble" and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date.
In fact, "Seasons In The Abyss" is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, "Seasons" doesn't have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it's strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions).
Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life - war, murder, human weakness. There's even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren't trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" or Megadeth's "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying!", "Seasons In The Abyss" paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.
CD debuted at the 44th position on the Billboard 200 and number 18 on the UK Albums Chart. In 1992 was certified a Gold in both the United States and Canada. The title track and "War Ensemble" earned Slayer its heaviest airplay on MTV to date. "Seasons In The Abyss" certainly among the top of three albums of the band!
American Recordings, LCC/Universal Music International, 1990/2013 (0602537352258). Made in Germany.
1. War Ensemble 4:52
2. Blood Red 2:48
3. Spirit In Black 4:07
4. Expendable Youth 4:10
5. Dead Skin Mask 5:19
6. Hallowed Point 3:23
7. Skeletons Of Society 4:40
8. Temptation 3:25
9. Born Of Fire 3:07
10. Seasons In The Abyss 6:36
Total playing time: 42:27