Issued at the pinnacle of the thrash movement, the album is a seamless twenty-nine-minute procession of ten blindingly fast songs, delivered in furiously precise musical bursts, with apocalyptic lyrics so striking that Tori Amos was moved to record a cover. The album was recorded with producer Rick Rubin (a future Grammy winner then known strictly for creating hip-hop) and engineer Andy Wallace (who would later produce Jeff Buckley and mix Nirvana). Together, the team permanently fused classic rock's technical proficiency, hardcore punk's speed, and metal brute power.
D.X. Ferris shines a light on the creation of the most universally respected metal album and its long road to the stores through original interviews with the entire band, Rubin, Wallace, cover artist Larry Carroll, and Def Jam insiders. From Henry Rollins to Pantera's Phil Anselmo, dozens of fans and artists discuss Slayer's status in the small fraternity of rock's greatest groups.
"33 1/3" is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 50 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike.
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