Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Slayer: 25 years of "South of Heaven"
July 5th, 1988 is the date that "South of Heaven" was released (according to Metal Archives). Listening to this album what I hear is a more developed sense of songwriting. Dave Lombardo sounds quite freer to do other things besides just trying to keep up with the fast riffs of previous Slayer albums. He seems to have more time to do more fills, to explore other rhythms. This is probably one of the most obvious highlights of the album. Even though the album is certainly not a slow one, the title track creates that false impression. That, coupled with the fact that it is slower than earlier albums, it does sound toned down.