just recently i decided to add to my burgeoning collection of Slayer albums and picked up a copy of their latest effort, "God Hates Us All". initially going on the overwhelmingly positive comments i'd seen on allmusic.com, i was expecting big things - maybe even another classic thrash fest, another "Reign In Blood". cranking up the CD as soon as i got home caused two significant things to happen: - i vomitted - and then began crying loudly what is this crap? what's happened to one of the most influential speed-metal outfits to ever scrape through the late 80's with their integrity intact? the riffs are something that an adolescent band would come out with, Kerry King's solos are absolutely terrible, easily forgettable, and sound (poorly) improvised, the lyrics follow a disturbingly bland trend from song to song (eg. Araya screamingly repeats the title of the song during every chorus, childish rhyme patterns, utterly ridiculous and uninspired writing), after the second song the bass somehow seems to completely disappear, and perhaps the worst thing of all: there are elements of nu-metal present in some of the tunes. not that i'm having a go at nu-metal, but i don't listen to it at all and find that doing so causes me to fall into something resembling a coma. which is exactly what happened after listening to about the fourth song excuse the rant, but it's just an incredibly maddening and frustrating thing to see one of your favourite bands (i was listening to Slayer when i was 11, and they were the first metal band that i was ever introduced to) go completely off-track and dumb down their approach so completely. who else wants to burn their copy?