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Show No Mercy

Artist: Slayer

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Label: Metal Blade
Album: Show No Mercy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Evil Has No Boundaries
2)    Antichrist, The
3)    Die by the Sword
4)    Fight Till Death
5)    Metal Storm/Face the Slayer: Metal Storm / Face The Slayer
6)    Black Magic
7)    Tormentor
8)    Final Command, The
9)    Crionics
10)    Show No Mercy

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Tom Araya (vocals, bass); Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman (guitar); Dave Lombardo (drums).
  • Personnel: Tom Araya (vocals); Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King (guitar); Dave Lombardo (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Eddy Schreyer.
  • Recording information: Track Records.
  • Photographers: Lisa Wickwire; Steve Craig; Henry Martinez; Donna Cline.
  • The album that started it all for these L.A. thrash progenitors -- and helped usher in the speed and thrash metal movement of the '80s, and later the extreme metal underground of the '90s -- still sounds fresh. In order to achieve their own special style, Slayer incorporated the faster, darker elements of Judas Priest and meshed it with the punk brutality of Mot”rhead, albeit without the bluesy roots of either of those British bands. While the artwork and lyrics are cartoonish on this self-produced, over-the-top debut, the band's energy and aggression shine, from the opening blitzkrieg of "Evil Has No Boundaries" to the final feedback squeals of the title track. Even as it is fueled by quasi-Satanic musings and raging testosterone, Show No Mercy distinguishes itself from later Slayer releases by being slightly less thrashing. Indeed, it is more melodic than its successors, and the band balance things out with a number of midtempo passages that give the faster sections more power. Show No Mercy is more black metal than thrash, and it proved a key influence on a wide range of bands within the metal underground over the following two decades.

Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:14 January, 1994
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James Nouraie on
The first Slayer full length features some of their earliest and (to this day) most revered songs such as Chemical Warfare and Die By The Sword. Written in 1983, the NWOBHM influence of the then teenage SLAYER members is highly evident on this release with most songs featuring long, well structured guitar solos courtesy of the Hannemann/King duo and Araya's high pitched wails.
Brett Lovell on
Die by the sword, it sounds a bit morbid. I like morbid, I only just got this album a week ago and I think i am wearing it out. Being a true fan of all types of metal and being a fan of metal since the eighties I thought this album brought back a lot of good memories, long unwashed hair, black jeans with white sneakers. This album is a must have and is not to be owned alone, I suggest that you get a copy of Killing is my Business... And business is good by Megadeth, This album and Metallica's Kill em all and enjoy the raw uncomputerized sound of real metal sounding as it should.
George Withers on
The most extreme album of it's time, this makes Metallica's debut album look like acoustic folk music. Very evil stuff, satanic lyrics, fast guitar riffs, melodic solo's, great bass work and awesome, growed vocals. Everything about this cd is great, i perfer their "Haunting The Chapel" EP over this though.
jason sutherland on
Without this album, thrash metal would be condemned to sound like Metallica and there would be no death metal, or black metal as we know it. Aside from maybe Mercyful Fate, this was the most evil album of it's time. With satanic lyrics, fast riffs, unique vocals and fast guitar soloing. Probably my favourite Slayer album.
Christopher green on
Very influential, yet more melodic than anything else Slayer have done. Listen to the guitar solo's here, especially on "The Anti-Christ". The vocals are alot harsher than Slayer's other work, very good stuff and highly reccomended to any fans of Venom or Slayer's other work. A thrash masterpiece.
Daniel McKee on
This is Slayers first (and worst produced album). Filled with classic thrash, songs like "Black Magic", "The Anti-Christ" and "Die By Sword" make this an album worth getting. This has more in common with Venom than other thrash bands of the time (eg. metallica, overkill) but it is still thrash. The vocals on this is what set it apart from anything else of it's time.
Hayden Christianer on
probably Slayer's worst album from the 1980's. The recording quality is horrible, the guitar riffs are boring, the vocals are annoying and too harsh to be acceptable in a thrash metal band. The guitar solo's are bad, with no inspiration what so ever. Nobody should get this album, it is very dissapointing.

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