Review: Slayer – Repentless (Nuclear Blast / Sony Music Canada)

SlayerIt hasn’t been an easy six years for thrash-metal legends Slayer since their last studio effort World Painted Blood. In that time, the group endured the untimely passing of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, in addition to seeing drummer Dave Lombardo to the door for the second time in their 30+-year career. With half of the original line-up gone, pundits could be left to ponder the quality of music that would pour forth from the group. Not surprisingly, Slayer hit the ground running on their latest studio effort, delivering punishing guitar riffs set to Tom Araya’s passionate vocals and Paul Bostaph’s manicly-precise drumming, sounding as though they haven’t missed a beat. Although the band isn’t breaking any new ground, devotees of the group will find plenty of substance within album highlights like the title track, “Cast The First Stone,” “Chasing Death,” and “Vices.” Also included with Repentless is a DVD featuring a complete concert from the band’s 2014 incendiary appearance at Europe’s Wacken Festival in addition to a 45-minute documentary on the making of the record, both of which serve as the icing on a pretty darn near perfect cake.