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Divine Intervention

Artist: Slayer

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Label: Universal Distribution
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
 



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

Producer:Slayer
Format:CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:8 April, 2002

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James Nouraie on
 
Featuring ex Forbidden Drummer Paul Bostaph, this album is highly underated with critics often regarding it as a "done by the numbers... done to death" SLAYER re-hash. However, this album has some excellent thrash moments and represents the last "true" thrash album slayer released prior to their shift in direction incorporating a newer, more modern sound.
George Withers on
 
This is much better than "Seasons In The Abyss". Slayer have gained their speed back again. allthough they lost their drummer (Dave Lombardo), Paul Bostaph does a pretty good job. Tom Arya's vocals here are pretty good, with some nice thrashy riffs and awesome solo's. The last good Slayer album
Christopher green on
 
While "Seasons In The Abyss" was a step away from all of Slayer's previous agression, this album completely brings it back. With riffing and drumming comparable to Reign In Blood. Tom's vocal style has changed a bit, but it isn't a very big issue, as this is still Slayer. Listen to "Dittohead" a very fast song, with great guitar solos.
Daniel McKee on
 
Everybody tends to forget about this album, allthough in my opinion this is alot better than "Seasons In The Abyss" and far better than the piffle that followed it. The best song on this album is "Dittohead" which proves Slayer havent lost any of their speed. Their solo's are good, the vocals are average the drumming is good and the lyrics are politically focused. A pretty decent album, allthough is nowhere near as good as their first 3 albums.

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