- Written by Chris Akin
Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer fan wondering if there was any reason at all to continue. You have to give it to the “new” Slayer though, they’ve delivered when it counted. While certainly not the best release in the band’s history, it is the best they have done in decades.