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Release date: 3 December 1983
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Evil Has No Boundaries
02. The Antichrist
03. Die By The Sword
04. Fight Till Death
05. Metal Storm/Face The Slayer
06. Black Magic
07. Tormentor
08. The Final Command
09. Crionics
10. Show No Mercy
11. Haunting The Chapel [1987 re-issue bonus]
12. Captor Of Sin [1987 re-issue bonus]
13. Chemical Warfare [1987 re-issue bonus]
14. Aggressive Perfector [1994 re-release bonus]
15. Chemical Warfare [1994 re-release bonus]
16. Aggressive Perfector [vinyl & 1983 cassette bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1983: 8

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (10)

Guest review by
Clint W.

Rating:
8.4
"Blasting our way through the boundaries of hell, no one can stop us tonight..."

Slayer, the now legendary Thrash act that needs no introduction, has been putting out fairly consistent music for over 25 years. However, the old farts we know as kings of thrash these days, started somewhere in time, and that's where this album comes into play.

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published 29.03.2008 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
Stuart

Rating:
7.5
San Francisco and Los Angeles must have been an exciting places to live in the early 80's. Thrash Metal was in its formative years and the scene was absolutely massive in the Bay Area and LA. Great bands were coming out of every dark corner and none more so than LA based ex-Deep Purple cover band Slayer.

The main difference between Slayer and the other bands in the scene was that from the very beginning they were covered in satanic imagery and mysticism which made them stand out from the crowd but also alienated them from ever achieving superstar status. Controversial from the start, Slayer released their debut "Show No Mercy" in 1983 on new label, Metal Blade Records, who had already helped get Metallica noticed on a compilation released the previous year.

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published 03.04.2008 | Comments (0)

Guest review by
Haddonfield

Rating:
9.3
Slayer have become one of the most respected bands in the metal scene by the fans and their peers. They've just released their eleventh studio album, World Painted Blood, and show no sign of stopping. This relentless career started back in 1983 with an album titled Show No Mercy, and it did exactly what it said on the cover.

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published 16.11.2009 | Comments (14)

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Phantom Lord - 15.02.2011 at 20:18  
Rating: 8 Kick as album
king_matt - 30.07.2011 at 21:25  
Rating: 9 The best Slayer album, no doubt about it.
JCJen7 - 12.09.2011 at 00:16  
  Kick as album
musicalkaratekid - 12.02.2012 at 20:32  
Rating: 8 Cynics may say that this album has more in common with judas priest et al than it does with the early thrash movements of metallica and anthrax, but on here slayer still had that velocity and ferocity that made them stand out from the crowd. And let's face it, that drum intro on the title track is fucking insane.
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 22:48  
  Show no Mercy is one my favourite debuts of all time. Evil has no Boundaries or the Antichrist are timeless Slayer classics.
Illog1cal - 01.01.2013 at 19:59  
  Better than Reign in Blood but not as great as Hell Awaits.
squidrick420 - 14.04.2013 at 05:52  
Rating: 9 I love this album, but I generally think of it as a speed metal album rather than a thrash album (proto-thrash at best). But yeah, this is one of Slayer's finest, apart from Hell Awaits; say what you want but reign in blood comes in after these in my opinion.
Angelic Storm - 14.04.2013 at 21:57  
Rating: 10
Written by squidrick420 on 14.04.2013 at 05:52
But yeah, this is one of Slayer's finest, apart from Hell Awaits; say what you want but reign in blood comes in after these in my opinion.


I totally agree that both those albums (and "South Of Heaven") are better than "Reign In Blood". There is some standard heavy metal on "Show No Mercy", and it is certainly more melodic overall than any of their other albums, but I would still class it as a thrash album...
Lord_Regnier - 14.04.2013 at 23:59  
 
Written by squidrick420 on 14.04.2013 at 05:52

I love this album, but I generally think of it as a speed metal album rather than a thrash album (proto-thrash at best). But yeah, this is one of Slayer's finest, apart from Hell Awaits; say what you want but reign in blood comes in after these in my opinion.


The main difference, I think, is "Show No Mercy" is less fast than Slayer's other old material.
I also prefer "Show No Mercy" and "Hell Awaits" to "Reign In Blood" (even if I like "Reign In Blood" very much).
squidrick420 - 17.04.2013 at 00:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.04.2013 at 21:57


I totally agree that both those albums (and "South Of Heaven") are better than "Reign In Blood". There is some standard heavy metal on "Show No Mercy", and it is certainly more melodic overall than any of their other albums, but I would still class it as a thrash album...


The reason I say speed metal and not thrash is because in a way the terms are interchangeable, but not 100%. Show No Mercy is borderline speed metal/thrash; it's like crossing the border to Mexico where there isn't one real line but rather a big ass desert in which you have no clue where your at. For the most part this album is structured off of a traditional metal style that is being played quite fast (this is why I call it speed metal), however, it shows some signs of early thrash riffs and structure. Overall the speed metal outweighs the thrash, but like I said the terms are interchangeable and is essentially left to personal discretion.
pkillerjp - 28.02.2014 at 00:15  
  I prefer Show No Mercy, Hell Awaits, South of Heaven, and Seasons over Reign in Blood, actually. This debut is amazing, you can still hear the Priest and early Maiden influences, which is a very good thing- because it's done with class and not a ripoff at all. I really have always wished they'd play more of this stuff live. The song "Black Magic" is where Slayer's whole persona and guitar sound was born.
deadone - 28.02.2014 at 00:38  
Rating: 8
Written by pkillerjp on 28.02.2014 at 00:15

This debut is amazing, you can still hear the Priest and early Maiden influences, which is a very good thing- because it's done with class and not a ripoff at all.


I love the NWOBHM influences in this one too. Indeed one of the songs (can't remember which one now) has an awesome riff very similar Killers.

The Antichrist is pure fucking Thrash madness. I love the chaotic, punky, aggression of the whole thing.

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