Slayer - Hell Awaits


8.4 | 907 votes |
Release date: September 1985
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Hell Awaits
02. Kill Again
03. At Dawn They Sleep
04. Praise Of Death
05. Necrophiliac
06. Crypts Of Eternity
07. Hardening Of The Arteries

Top 20 albums of 1985: 14

Guest review by
Stuart
Rating:
7.8
Back in the days of spikes, make-up and inverted crosses. Back before they were "discovered" by a competent producer. They were pretentious, arrogant and absolutely brilliant. This is possibly the most evil sounding album Slayer ever put out. It is layered with some of the most demonic riffs and solos ever put to record. It has elements of the burgeoning black metal scene of the time, death metal, thrash and speed metal.

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published 04.04.2008 | Comments (14)

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21.11.2011 - 16:38
musicalkaratekid
Undoubtedly one of their best albums, but i feel that its just so underrated, yet it seems to be slayer's most progressive album (three songs are over 6 minutes long), and for that reason, I regard it better than their debut. Though Hell awaits is rated lower than show no mercy:P
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21.04.2012 - 09:09
Rating: 10
Necrophagist43
I'd say this was still the pinnacle of Slayer. Mid-80's metal at its most progressive, hellish (along with Seven Churches), and perfect. This album is a sinful delight from beginning to end.
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21.04.2012 - 12:31
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Slayer's best album hands down. Underrated compared to the later albums, that's for sure.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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21.04.2012 - 16:49
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Written by Mr. Doctor on 21.04.2012 at 12:31

Slayer's best album hands down. Underrated compared to the later albums, that's for sure.


Couldn't agree more. It is a hideously underrated album, I think mainly because of the album which followed it. Though in my opinion, "Hell Awaits" is better than RIB...

A weird but accurate way of describing this album, is it's a thrash album with the atmosphere of a good black metal album.
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21.04.2012 - 17:06
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Angelic Storm on 21.04.2012 at 16:49
A weird but accurate way of describing this album, is it's a thrash album with the atmosphere of a good black metal album.

Easily their best in my opinion. In fact this was the exact album I had in mind when comparing Enthral's latest to early Slayer.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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16.08.2012 - 01:53
Illog1cal
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This record is PURE evil and subsequently Slayer's best album. 'At Dawn They Sleep' - A technical monster of a song that has some of the best songwriting of any metal band in any era.
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09.11.2012 - 22:50
megadeath13
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A great album, but i have one problem with this album. The album could be a bit longer then i would maybe rate it with a 10
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09.11.2012 - 22:50
megadeath13
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Written by Guest on 09.11.2012 at 22:50

A great album, but i have one problem with it. The album could be a bit longer then i would maybe rate it with a 10
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28.12.2012 - 00:13
Rating: 7
Dentura
Shadow King
I'm not a big Slayer fan, but if I was threatened at gunpoint to choose my favorite album by them, it would probably be this one. I remember that initial curiosity of listening to the title track for the first time, and it was a really exciting feeling I had when I was younger, pretty much like my life was about to change upon listening to it (which it essentially did). The album definitely paved the way for me to get into even more extreme metal as a result, so I give the band much respect for that.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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14.04.2013 - 06:01
Rating: 10
squidrick420
This is truly the ultimate slayer album! It has everything that I want from not just a Slayer album, but from 80's metal in general!!!! When it comes to 80's metal I am after raw, fast, and evil; aka. Hell Awaits.

I greatly respect the influence this had on the overall course of extreme metal; when I listen to this I hear an early thrash album, a hint of a death metal album, and a kick ass first wave black metal album (Venom on steroids and crack).
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07.05.2013 - 01:00
Rating: 9
Maco
KILLL AGAIN. that part scares me to shit.
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I'm derp.
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05.01.2014 - 23:00
Lit.
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Written by Maco on 07.05.2013 at 01:00

KILLL AGAIN. that part scares me to shit.

First time I heard it, I damn near jumped out of my skin.
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05.11.2014 - 06:07
Rating: 9
Maco
Probably the evilest thrash metal album I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

I thinks this is their best album too.
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I'm derp.
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18.02.2015 - 15:34
Rating: 10
BlackMetalDay
For me, really their best album, even better than Reign In Blood! The atmosphere is incredible. At Dawn They Sleep is my favorite track.
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19.02.2015 - 11:31
Rating: 8
raveneffect
It was a lot different from SNM and, somehow, it's the definite Slayer album. It marks going for the Speed genre to ultimate Thrash. It's evil in every way. masterpiece
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10.11.2015 - 05:57
Rating: 10
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
This album is now featured on bandcamp.
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08.08.2016 - 00:12
Bad English
Masterchief
Thank god metal evolution happened and more bands came and new genres what is nu and somne crap came out later, otherwise metal would be boring
super overrated band, I did not hear anything here
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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