Slayer – Divine Intervention (1994)
While Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax were pratting around with their sound, trying desperately to maintain the attention of an apathetic audience, Slayer ignored changes in trends completely and released a no holds barred Thrash album; no ballads, no groove metal, no rapping, no country music crap….just 100% THRASH!!
Proving to be the bands last truly great album – don’t argue, their releases have been undeniably patchy since Divine Intervention‘s release – Kerry King took the lion’s share of the songwriting duties and swapped the accessible nuances of Seasons In The Abyss for ferociously corrosive short-bursts of barely controlled rage.
Re-familarise yourselves with “Sex.Murder.Art” and “Dittohead“, songs that are as rough and ready as they are clinically effective as ample proof that this was one 90’s Thrash album that hadn’t even noticed Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains etc quietly stealing their audience. But then that’s a contradiction in terms as Slayer fans are, always were, resolutely loyal and MTV abandoning Thrash for Grunge was never a scenario any Slayer fan worth their salt would ever contemplate doing.
Slayer didn’t need to worry about changing trends in 1994, they just needed to keep on Thrashing; which is exactly what Divine Intervention did!