Title - 'Christ Illusion [LIMITED EDITION] '
Artist - Slayer
Within seconds of `Flesh Storm' it was clear that Lombardo was back behind the kit and not only as competent as his last studio album with Slayer (Seasons in the Abyss) but had actually raised the bar.
Truthfully I loved Bostaph ... I was sold from the `Killing Fields' intro and was quite sad to hear of his departure from the band. With all the hype of Lombardo coming back I was thinking this album would just be another `standard' modern Slayer album ... Boy was I wrong! Lombardo used his time away from Slayer to become better grounded and gained much more `groove' in addition to his fantastic speed/thrash abilities. Playing with such greats as Fantomas (With Mike Patton), John Zorn and even Apocalyptica.
'Christ Illusion' is easily the most consistent album since `Seasons...' with not one bad song to be heard. Though Slayer may never again rival the Reign / South / Season Trilogy that does not make this a bad album by any means and to be putting out music this good (And this heavy!) after almost 25 years is a grand achievement by all rights.
In addition to the fantastic drumming of Lombardo, there is the skillful guitar work of King and Hanneman whose performances are amazing as always. Araya's voice is holding out quite well for a man his age and his Bass playing tight as hell!
Widely considered to be the most important metal band ever, Slayer has re-affirmed that the opinion with this limited edition version of their latest album. First released last summer, the album sold over 62,000 copies its fist week. Now this very special package of 'Christ Illusion' has been re-released that includes the new song "Final Six", an alternative version of "Black Serenade" ... plus a DVD with nearly 15 minutes of special Live and Tour footage as well as the "Eyes of the Insane" video!