Forever Reigning - A Tribute To Slayer - Reviewed By POWERMETAL ! Check it out here at this link: http://www.powermetal.de/review/review-Various_Artists/Forever_Reigning_-_A_Tribute_To_Slayer,39236.html
SLAYER is a legend. There is no doubt about that. For example, "Hell Awaits" was launched as early as 1985, an incredibly mature thrash fireworks display, and when fireworks prevailed a year later, the legendary status was clearly established. In the following years, works such as "South Of Heaven" and "Seasons In The Abyss" were added, in which the band let the fireworks move into the background, but still continued to act on the same level as on "Reign In Blood". Then came the difficult nineties, which many big bands did not survive unscathed. In the new millennium, old trademarks were gradually remembered and returned to old strength. But the death of Jeff Hanneman made the chemistry of the band even more difficult. So it happened that the butchers played their last concert in Inglewood in 2019 and stepped off the music business stage. They left behind a huge legacy that influenced bands of every generation. Be it the first death metal formations of the late 80s or even the first black metal institutions. Even nowadays you can make the term "thrash metal" clear to a metal newcomer with almost every song of the band.
So it is no coincidence that up-and-coming bands always come together and record a tribute album. We are now dealing with such a work. Involved in the round are DISINTER, DISTAL DESCENT, OVERT ENEMY, S.F. INCORPORATED, SKROG, EULOGY IN BLOOD, SLOKILL and BLOAT TOAD. All of the bands go from their own profession towards death and thrash metal. A black metallic approach might have been interesting.
Now we come to the tracklist, which is of course always important for such albums. SLAYER has released so many hits and legendary albums, it would be hard to combine everything important in one album, but with this album I have to say that the tracklist is the biggest weak point and biggest criticism. Sure, songs like 'Raining Blood', 'South Of Heaven' and 'Dead Skin Mask' were covered. But what about 'Angel Of Death', 'War Ensemble' and 'Seasons In The Abyss'. Such tracks should not have been forgotten. To the project's credit, "Show No Mercy" (title track) and "Hell Awaits" ("At Dawn They Sleep") were also taken into account. Even the album indexed in Germany was taken into account with the title track, which is actually a positive surprise. A surprise was also "Disorder". The track that was recorded with Ice-T at the time. Positive or negative is another question. Good albums like "Christ Illusion", "World Painted Blood" and "Repentless" (except for the instrumental at the beginning) were omitted. "God Hates Us All" also used 'Bloodline', which is undoubtedly good, but clearly draws the short straw compared to 'Disciple', 'Exile', 'War Zone' and 'Payback'. As already said, only the quasi-title track of the album "Reign In Blood" was considered, while the whole album would have deserved a tribute. Well, the choice of title was probably not the strength of the people who organized the album.
Musically, all the SLAYER hits are then well presented. The production is understandably not quite as high-quality as the original, but it sounds quite coherent. A few times real death growls are used, which is his very suitable means in the musical basis. Probably the biggest difference is 'Delusions Of Saviour' from the original, which sounds much larger and wider in the tribute version. It creates a different atmosphere, but loses its raison d'être because the track 'Repentless' has not been covered.
In the end, it is really the tracklist that pulls the album down in the overall standings. - POWERMETAL
Release Date: 4/29/22
FFO: Slayer, Pantera, Lamb Of God
Forever Reigning – A Tribute To Slayer is the debut release from Satyrn Studios’ bringing together talented underground bands to honour the thrash metal titans. Featuring twelve of SLAYER’s best tracks covered by an array of up-and-coming metal acts, the new record is a celebration of heavy metal.
Executive Producer of Satyrn Studios Jay Reiter comments:
“As a fan this is a really big deal for me. It’s been fun and challenging to both learn the songs I did, but also put my own twist onto the songs [while] keeping it true to the original source material. As a business owner, this is my first major album drop. I’m learning a lot about the music industry, as well as the recording industry. I’m really excited to see where this album takes me!”
The metal giants helped to define the genre with their brutal assault on the heavy music world. Over their long-spanning career, they have been highly influential to musicians, bands and metal fans all around the globe. Forever Reigning demonstrates an intense passion for heavy music, with each track fusing the sheer power of SLAYER’s sound with the distinctive style of each guest band. From the iconic dark, haunting mood of “South of Heaven” with an enhanced demonic edge from SKROG, to EULOGY IN BLOOD’s brutal reimagining of “Bloodline”, to SKULL FUCKERS INCORPORATED’s ruthless rendition of “Raining Blood”, each cover packs a heavy punch.
Forever Reigning – A Tribute To Slayer is a dynamic collaboration drawing artists together through their adoration of SLAYER’s work. It’s a hard-hitting record, embodying the crushing sound that went onto inspire generations, a dynamic tribute to SLAYER’s continuing legacy. - Kick Ass Forever !
‘South Of Heaven’ – Skrog
‘Show No Mercy’ – Disinter
‘Expendable Youth’ – Distal Descent
‘Dead Skin Mask’ – Skull Fuckers Incorporated
‘Bloodline’ – Eulogy On Blood
‘Delusions Of Savior’ – Distal Descent
‘Mandatory Suicide’ – Distal Descent
‘Disorder’ – SloKill
‘At Dawn They Sleep’ – Overt Enemy
‘Spill The Blood’ – Bloat Toad
‘Divine Intervention’ – Skrog
‘Raining Blood’ – Skull Fuckers Incorporated
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