Riff Police! Pull Over! #106: Slayer Vs Dimmu Borgir!

When Billy Milano played homage to 1990’s “Seasons In The Abyss” by Slayer by inking “Seasoning The Obese” for S.O.D. with that little bit of tongue in cheek humour, it served as a timely reminder of how good the record actually is. Recorded at Hit City West, Hollywood Sound and Record Plant in Los Angeles California, the album is considered by most to be the final installment of the Thrash icons ‘Holy Trinity‘ of records alongside “South Of Heaven” and “Reign In Blood” as well as being the last for 16 years to feature drummer Dave Lombardo. That’s not to discredit any of Slayers other works, it’s just that those three records stand above the rest.

Norwegian Symphonic Black Metallers Dimmu Borgir entered the fray three years after “Seasons In The Abyss” was released and there a few purists out there who would say that their contribution to the genre ended in 1999 with experimentation including clean vocals and music from keyboard player Mustis. That bled into their 2001 album “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia” as the raw stylings were abandoned for something with higher production value while working with a more mainstream producer in Fredrik Nordstrom (Architects, At The Gates, In Flames). Musically the track “Puritania” is credited to multi instrumentalist and vocalist Shagrath but it sounds a hell of a lot like the Kerry King inked “Skeltons Of Society” by Slayer when it comes to that riff…

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