Slayer's "When The Stillness Comes" Nails a Perfect Score
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:08:34
The thrash titans' Record Store Day release should be an inspiration to the entire genre.
Slayer just released “When The Stillness Comes” for Record Store Day as a special 7-inch vinyl. Recorded with producer Terry Date [Pantera, Deftones, White Zombie], Los Angeles’s foremost thrash titans deliver one of their most entrancing, engaging, and epic tracks ever. We’re not kidding either. This deserves to be lauded amongst their most powerful output.
You could view this as a spiritual successor to “Spill the Blood” from South of Heaven or the closing title opus from Seasons in the Abyss. However, with one of Kerry King’s most transfixing clean guitar intros, there’s an ominous and eerie calm to the track that’s quickly unraveled as Paul Bostaph’s cymbals distinctly build in tandem.
Soon, the song morphs into a booming gargantuan riff that pairs a guttural grit with a definitive doom ere. The beginning passage feels like it’s pulling the gates apart and thrusting listener’s right into hell’s embrace. However, that embrace has never felt tighter or more overpowering. That’s the majesty of Slayer. They can make the most haunting, heavy, and uncomfortable moments feel irresistible, and “When The Stillness” comes proves to be the best example of that to date. Tom Araya has never sounded more menacing either as he mentions, “There’s no god pulling at my strings, I’m above all sorrow that hate can bring,” it’s utterly chilling. Slayer’s fire has grown brighter than ever somehow. Maybe it’s a deal with the unholy one, or just the fact that they’re that good. Either way, it should be an inspiration to the entire genre.
Hear “When The Stillness”
It’s as if “When The Stillness” merges the brutal modern mayhem of God Hates Us All with the searing, slick, serpent's bite of Reign in Blood. Following the tragic passing of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, all eyes are on Slayer to create a masterpiece. "When The Stillness Comes" illuminates that they have and adding in Gary Holt to the mix is going to round that out even more.
Jeff would undoubtedly be very proud.
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Related: See our interview between Tom Araya of Slayer and Joseph Duplantier of Gojira!