Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the main event.
In this corner, we have the champions: Stryper, self-professed rockers for Christ, presumably the most angelic bunch of guys ever to wear leather pants. And in this corner, the challengers: Slayer, a depraved lot given to creepy ramblings about blood sacrifice and rotting flesh. This is a battle for disciples in a war that's been raging since the dawn of time: the war between good and evil.
Stryper sets about winning us over to its way of thinking with a saccharine hodgepodge of PTL sentiment. The melodies aren't half-bad, but born-again Styx just doesn't wash with your average slam fan.
Slayer retaliates with a cacophony of genuinely offensive satanic drivel that will probably win over a couple of thrash fans who've already lost their hearing anyway.
All told, it's a split decision. Stryper's disciples will finally decide that Dylan did it better. The Slayer contingent will go back to old Ozzy records. The rest of us, who are in this for rock & roll and not religion, will go out and buy the new Guns n' Roses album. And the forces of good and evil, neither finding a worthy champion in this arena, will battle on. (RS 536)
(Posted: Oct 6, 1988)
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Review 1 of 3
South of Heaven is a relentless assault, slowing down the tempo and showing off the melodic side while still staying as heavy as ever. At least half of the album's tracks are solid classics. Its not quite as great as Reign in Blood or Seasons in the Abyss, but really, what is? Rolling Stone never fails to amazing with its complete disconnection with the fans. They should be ashamed of their review and how it insults the thrash fans. I am. Slayer is a true band for the people, and Rolling Stone is not qualified to review that kind of band.
Aug 6, 2007 21:15:53
Review 2 of 3
I haven't had a chance to listen to this album yet, but I soon will. Despite this, I had to simply say this is the worst review I have ever read on this web site, and that is truly saying something. "The rest of us, who are in this for rock & roll and not religion, will go out and buy the new Guns n' Roses album." This statement shows how biased this magazine was and still is. I mean, they didn't even give OK Computer 5 stars, how can you trust anything they say? This magazine is so overrated, I really hope people realize this and look elsewhere for music reviews written by intelligent and unbiased writers.
Aug 5, 2007 10:53:33
Review 3 of 3
Even though this album has more slower tempos than the masterpiece that was Reign In Blood, it still has some very good songs. Tracks such as South Of Heaven, Mandatory Suicide, Ghosts Of War, and Spill The Blood are still known as classics. Out of my three favorite Slayer albums, which are Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven, and Seasons In The Abyss. I pick South Of Heaven
Apr 30, 2006 09:19:10
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