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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

V.A. - Hell at Last : A Tribute to Slayer

Released : September 9, 2003
Genre : Thrash Metal
Label : Oracle / Direct

With all the songs taken from Show no Mercy, Seasons in the Abyss, Reign in Blood and South of Heaven, this album is classic Slayer with a somewhat harder edge. Well, at least as far as the death metal growls go. Most of the guitar solos can’t compare to the originals in terms of their sheer speed and intensity (i.e. the notes don’t sound like they’re being choked or beaten out of the guitar), but Oni does a pretty damn good job on "Altar of Sacrifice."
Another highlight is Mictlantechutli’s version of "Cryonics." Besides getting the award for the "what the hell?!" name, they pound out a rapid, accurate and thoroughly kick-ass rendition of an excellent song.
Hell at Last doesn’t have a bad track on it. Universe Eye’s "South of Heaven" may be the low point, though the song is by no means terrible. The moodiness does get to be a little much when the cheap sounding synths kick in, though the acoustic guitars add an excellent atmosphere.
Engrave tries to imitate the thrash vocals on "Evil Has No Boundaries," and after the failed introductory scream they do a great job of it. Nokturne L.A. on "Raining Blood," Acerbus on "Angel of Death" and Enraged on "Black Magic" bring the album to a fitting close – it remains a solid listen all the way through. As far as tribute albums go, this is one of the best I’ve heard.

Tracks

1. Nephasth - War Ensemble
2. Diabolic - Gemini
3. Oni - Altar of Sacrifice
4. Deteriorot - Read Between the Lines
5. Serberus - Ghost of War
6. Evil Incarnate - Piece by Piece
7. Universe Eye - South of Heaven
8. Mictlantecuhtli - Cryonics
9. Engrave - Evil Has No Boundries
10.Nokturne LA - Raining Blood
11.Acerbus - Angel of Death
12.Enraged - Black Magic


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