Hell Awaits

Slayer - Hell Awaits
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1985 Ratings: #19
March 1, 1985 / Release Date
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Metal Blade / Label
Thrash Metal, Metal / Genres
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JustSomeGuy
87
Hell Awaits is somehow a major improvement on Show No Mercy, and that album was already a really good record. I'm actually surprised that the instrumentals are much better here, considering I also loved them on their debut. And whilst I still don't really care for Tom Araya's vocals too much, I do think they are much better here.
But goddamn the instrumentals. The guitar work on songs like Hardening Of The Arteries and Praise Of Death are immensely good and actually left me ... read more
JayCrackers
72
Hell Awaits, is one of the most important albums in Slayer discography, in my opinion, cause it embarks their movement to Thrash Metal, where their debut was more punk based, Hell Awaits is clearly Thrash Metal, and it is a pretty good one at that with excite guitar work and drumming the only real downside are the vocals don't seem to fit as well as I would like, they kinda of feel placed in and not fixed in.

TRACK REVIEW

Hell Awaits 8/10
Kill Again 7/10
At Dawn They Sleep 7.5/10
Praise of ... read more
SilentScream213
100
When Slayer’s debut album rose from Hell in 1983, there was really nothing like it, and it sat comfortably atop the heaviest, fastest, most evil records in the world. Times had changed, and for metal, that meant pushing boundaries. Many bands heard Slayer and those who didn’t try to do exactly what they did, tried to up the ante.

So when Slayer went to record their sophomore album, they didn’t create Show No Mercy vol. 2. They had been listening to Mercyful Fate, and were ... read more
SupremeRater877
74
1: 8
2: 7.2
3: 7.5
4: 7.9
5: 8
6: 7.4
7: 6.8
Murmaider96
76
Even if I don't like it AS much as debut, this and the EP were the foundation of things to come.
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