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Thrash, Speed, Art - 90%

skolnick, January 23rd, 2003

This was Slayer´s mid 90's attack. Many people see this as the new "Reign in Blood" that appeared in the middle of the last decade...Well, i personally think this has gone beyond "Reign in Blood", because in the 80's we had a brutal band with speed and in the 90's we had a brutal band with speed...and technique...
"Divine Intervention" is without a doubt one of their best releases, a really angerful album, filled with some good riffs and an impressive sense of speed...
Slayer here remembered a little bit of the speed metal roots they had and that have been forgotten in the last few years before the edition of this album.
This was also an important album for another reason, being it the first time another drummer recorded something with the guys. Great transition made at the time, after all we are talking about Dave Lombardo being replaced for Paul Bostaph, and it came to be a replacement of a god for another...

Bostaph is even the one who kicks the action on, making the ferocious drum solo of "Killing Fields" intro, a great song, really heavy going from a progressive slow part to a more paced up one, managing to create a great vibe. "Sex, Murder, Art" is next and it has one of the most amazing riffage of this album, being followed by Kerry King´s "Fictional Reality" and the probably fastest song on this album, "Dittohead", in which every sound of that drum pounding is like a heavy thunder crack, hitting you really hard with that speed. This song has also some of the fast riffing of the album...

Next comes up " Divine Intervention", one of the greatest tunes on this album, with both Jeff and Kerry showing the highlights of their presence in this record. The intro is very good, being followed by a calm guitar interlude that antecipates the total devastation of the song´s rhythms.
"SS-3" has some good riffs but it could be better in those parts before the higher pace breaks in, "Serenity in Murder" is another of Hanneman and King´s odes to speed, really another highlight on this album...

The last two songs are the doom-melancholic sounding "213", something really original, something i´ve never heard Slayer playing before, being really a high quality tune and the total thrash finisher "Mind Control" with some amazing blast beats.

The boys really got themselves together again, having recorded one of the 90's best metal albuns, and kept a little hope for their fans to see Slayer return to their speed/thrash roots, hope that that beginned to disappear years later with the edition of "Diabolus in Musica".
This is a must have for any thrash maniac. If you don´t have this album (or Reign in Blood) then you´ll not deserve to be called like that...