Slayer - Undisputed Attitude (CD)
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- Heavy Metal
- Speed/Thrash Metal
- Number of Discs
- Audio CD
- Slayer; Dave Sardy
- Undisputed Attitude [PA]
- South Africa
UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is a collection of covers of punk-rock songs.
Slayer: Tom Araya (vocals, bass); Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman (guitar); Paul Bostaph (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studios and Hollywood Sound, Los Angeles, California.
Slayer's Undisputed Attitude feels more like a stopgap than an actual Slayer record. Rather than another set of blasting, disturbing originals like 1994's Divine Intervention or 1995's Serenity in Murder EP, this album is a collection of covers. Containing 14 tracks, the band covers everyone from Minor Threat to T.S.O.L., from D.I. to Iggy Pop. Given Slayer's Huntington Beach, CA, homeland, the hardcore roots are plain enough. But HB is also a big metal town, and these cats as youngsters were exposed to everything from Mot”rhead to Black Sabbath and the early L.A. metal scene. True to their course, however, they've never sounded like anyone but themselves. Even on a collection of covers (with a pair of originals thrown in to boot), the Slayer imprint is unmistakable, and while taking a breather from fresh ideas on their own projects, this disc sounds like the bandmembers were having a blast if not exactly breaking new ground. All but two of these cuts are less than three minutes long, with a number of them come in under two -- in keeping with true hardcore fashion. Even on the completely over-the-rail covers of Minor Threat's "Filler/I Don't Want To Hear It" and "Guilty of Being White," the guitar breaks are unmistakably their own. Paul Bostaph's thin drumming (as opposed to founding drummer Dave Lombardo's) is actually more suited to this material. The cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" contains the title "I'm Gonna Be Your God" -- it wouldn't do for Slayer to be thought of in any way submissive, would it? (Although none would have cared but them, which tells you where they're coming from.) The band basically improves upon T.S.O.L.'s "Spiritual Law," and the long reach into D.I.'s catalog for no less than five cuts -- four of them done in a pair of medleys -- offers a few more examples of where Slayer come from. They are extremely heavy and extremely brief cuts, but pack a wallop. For those looking toward Slayer's more direct roots, there are a pair of early experiments from a project Jeff Hanneman was in, "I Can't Stand You" and "Ddamn," and a Slayer newbie called "Gemini," clocking in just under five minutes and offering a glimpse into the future of sludge and doom metal before it twists and turns on a dime and becomes a more typically trademarked Slayer number. Undisputed Attitude is a curiosity; it's far from an essential collection by Slayer. The true faithful will want this and most likely really get off on it. For those who admire what the band had accomplished musically to this point, it feels like a bit of a letdown, really. ~ Thom Jurek
- Country of Origin
- American Recordings (USA)
- Universal Distribution
- Mono / Stereo
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Disintegration / Free Money
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Verbal Abuse / Leeches
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Abolish Government / Superficial Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Can't Stand You
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ddamn
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Guilty of Being White
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] I Hate You
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Filler / I Don't Want To Hear It
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Spiritual Law
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mr. Freeze
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Violent Pacification
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Richard Hung Himself
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] I'm Gonna Be Your God
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Gemini
- Studio / Live
Rolling Stone (5/30/96, p.49) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Most of the tracks pummel past like a speeding thermonuclear reaction, but a couple...move slowly enough to show off some brutally graceful rhythmic shifts..."
Melody Maker (5/25/96, p.50) - "...As it happens, this is an exhilarating blast from start to finish....UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is also extremely funny. The music is so uptight and the vocal style so intense that the band crash through the Barrier of Righteous Indignation to the Realm of Ridiculous Yelling..."
NME (Magazine) (5/18/96, p.53) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Accomplished and vital as much of the actual music is...Slayer realize they're not breaking down any barriers....UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE is a cracking rock album, a fine example of cartoon metal..."
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- Greg Gordon
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