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- UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is a collection of covers of punk-rock songs.
- Slayer: Tom Araya (vocals, bass); Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman (guitar); Paul Bostaph (drums).
- Recorded at Capitol Studios and Hollywood Sound, Los Angeles, California.
- Slayer's Undisputed Attitude feels more like a stopgap than an actual Slayer record. Rather than another set of blasting, disturbing originals like 1994's Divine Intervention or 1995's Serenity in Murder EP, this album is a collection of covers. Containing 14 tracks, the band covers everyone from Minor Threat to T.S.O.L., from D.I. to Iggy Pop. Given Slayer's Huntington Beach, CA, homeland, the hardcore roots are plain enough. But HB is also a big metal town, and these cats as youngsters were exposed to everything from Mot?rhead to Black Sabbath and the early L.A. metal scene. True to their course, however, they've never sounded like anyone but themselves. Even on a collection of covers (with a pair of originals thrown in to boot), the Slayer imprint is unmistakable, and while taking a breather from fresh ideas on their own projects, this disc sounds like the bandmembers were having a blast if not exactly breaking new ground. All but two of these cuts are less than three minutes long, with a number of them come in under two -- in keeping with true hardcore fashion. Even on the completely over-the-rail covers of Minor Threat's "Filler/I Don't Want To Hear It" and "Guilty of Being White," the guitar breaks are unmistakably their own. Paul Bostaph's thin drumming (as opposed to founding drummer Dave Lombardo's) is actually more suited to this material. The cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" contains the title "I'm Gonna Be Your God" -- it wouldn't do for Slayer to be thought of in any way submissive, would it? (Although none would have cared but them, which tells you where they're coming from.) The band basically improves upon D.I.'s "Spiritual Law," and the long reach into Minor Threat's catalog -- four tracks done in a pair of medleys -- offers a few more examples of where Slayer come from. They are extremely heavy and extremely brief cuts, but pack a wallop. For those looking toward Slayer's more direct roots, there are a pair of early experiments from a project Jeff Hanneman was in, "I Can't Stand You" and "Ddamn," and a Slayer newbie called "Gemini," clocking in just under five minutes and offering a glimpse into the future of sludge and doom metal before it twists and turns on a dime and becomes a more typically trademarked Slayer number. Undisputed Attitude is a curiosity; it's far from an essential collection by Slayer. The true faithful will want this and most likely really get off on it. For those who admire what the band had accomplished musically to this point, it feels like a bit of a letdown, really. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional ReviewsRolling Stone (5/30/96, p.49) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Most of the tracks pummel past like a speeding thermonuclear reaction, but a couple...move slowly enough to show off some brutally graceful rhythmic shifts..."
Melody Maker (5/25/96, p.50) - "...As it happens, this is an exhilarating blast from start to finish....UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is also extremely funny. The music is so uptight and the vocal style so intense that the band crash through the Barrier of Righteous Indignation to the Realm of Ridiculous Yelling..."
NME (Magazine) (5/18/96, p.53) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Accomplished and vital as much of the actual music is...Slayer realize they're not breaking down any barriers....UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is a cracking rock album, a fine example of cartoon metal..."
|Producer:||Slayer; Dave Sardy|
|Format:||CD (1 Disc); Stereo|
|Release Date:||11 June, 2002|
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This album sucks, this is where Slayer decided to stop being awesome and cover some lame punk songs. Tom Arya's vocal delivery has really weakened over the years, the guitar riffs are bad, the drumming sucks and the bass guitar is boring, any Slayer fans will hate this, their worst album so far.
Im not much of a Slayer fan, but after listening to this album a few times at a friends house, I was actually offended by how Slayer sound now days. Filled with badly done covers of oldschool punk songs. Every single album after this also sucks. The guitar work is especially bad. Slayer fans should avoid this.
This is terrible, I know Slayer were influenced by punk, so I have no problem in Slayer covering punk songs.
The problem here is...
They have covered some bad songs and they are far worse than the original songs. This is the point where Slayer sold out to a more mainstream audience. If it wasn't for this album, Slayer would probably still be somewhat thrashy. Any fans of 80's Slayer should avoid this.
I was told by people that Slayer kept their 80's thrash sound throughout their entire career...
But after buying this album several years ago, Im going to have to stop believing that claim.
Seriously what happened here?
This is Slayer's worst album, with badly done covers, boring guitar tone, horrible vocals and monotone drumming. I havent heard any of the original songs, but I would imagine they are better than this crap.
one of my favourite slayer albums. They have done mainly punk covers here, but there is a few original slayer songs. this is a bit of a change in sound as they have changed their vocal style and guitar tone. I like it, includes their heaviest song gemmini. will not dissapoint slayer fans.
This is probably Slayers worst album, it is full of punk covers done badly. The guitar tone is frustration, Tom is getting old (so his vocals are starting to suffer) and Slayer are getting more and more boring. There is one or two good songs ("Gemmini" being one of them) but overall this will be a huge dissapointment to any Slayer fans.
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