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Divine Intervention
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Album: Divine Intervention
# Song Title   Time
1)    Killing Fields Album Version More Info... 3:58
2)    Sex. Murder. Art. Album Version More Info... 1:50
3)    Fictional Reality Album Version More Info... 3:38
4)    Dittohead Album Version More Info... 2:31
5)    Divine Intervention Album Version More Info... 5:33
6)    Circle Of Beliefs Album Version More Info... 4:30
7)    SS-3 Album Version More Info... 4:06
8)    Serenity In Murder Album Version More Info... 2:37
9)    213 Album Version More Info... 4:52
10)    Mind Control Album Version More Info... 3:04
 
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Performer Notes
  • Slayer: Tom Araya (vocals, bass); Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman (guitar); Paul Bostaph (drums).
  • Recorded at Oceanway, Los Angeles, California and Sound City, Van Nuys, California.
  • What can you say about a band that can find, to quote one song title, "Serenity In Murder?" And that can write a poetic, detailed observation on the subject?
  • Nothing that scores of critics haven't said about this shocking heavy-metal band for years, except that they're quite good at it. While their ultraviolent songs are figments of their overactive imaginations, the rage they give voice to isn't; things just may be going down the tubes. The first-person descriptions of rape ("Sex, Murder, Art") and necrophilia ("213") on DIVINE INTERVENTION are merely a leap of the imagination from the album's third-person attacks on war criminals ("SS-3"). Think of it as a character study of a man watching society crumble and crumbling along with it.
  • Slayer's superfast, supertight metal, propelled by Paul Bostaph's machine-gun drumming, bottles that crumbling psyche into music that's almost as dangerous as the words are alleged to be. The speed-of-light vocal on "Dittohead," an indictment of the justice system, is sprayed out like lead from an automatic weapon. "Serenity In Murder" slows the singing down over a still-fast beat, creating a psychedelic thrash feel for a song that wallows in the deluded spirituality of a psychotic's act. In the title song, he meets his maker, who may just be the devil. "Who am I to judge thy grace?" he asks. And who are you to judge theirs?
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (2/9/95, p.58) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Musically, DIVINE INTERVENTION is spectacular. It careens along at impossible tempos, shifting from all-out hardcore ranting to percussive, dissonant riffcraft, often in a single tune....Slayer are one hell of a rock & roll band..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/30/94, p.60) - "...the music's headlong charge toward the apocalypse demonstrates why Slayer is the speed-metal band against which all others will forever be judged..." - Rating: B
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