Decade of Aggression

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Decade of Aggression
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 1991
RecordedJuly 13, 1991
March 8, 1991
October 14, 1990
VenueLakeland Coliseum in Lakeland, Florida
Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California
Wembley Arena, London, England
Genre Thrash metal
Label Def American
Producer Rick Rubin
Slayer chronology
Seasons in the Abyss
Decade of Aggression
Divine Intervention

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While touring on the Clash of the Titans tour to promote the 1990 studio album Seasons in the Abyss , separate sections of the Decade of Aggression album were recorded on October 14, 1990, March 8, 1991, and July 13, 1991, however, AllMusic said that Rick Rubin's production "seems to be in terms of shaping the live sound to make it sound like this is all one gig." Although it had a working title of Decade of Decadence, it would be released as Decade of Aggression after Mötley Crüe copyrighted the name on their 1991 greatest hits album. [1] It was released through Def American Recordings on October 22, 1991. [2] [3]

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The release was intended to give them time to decide what their next album's style would be. [5] Text in the book The Great Rock Discography said that it was released after the band had gained popularity, saying "Slayer had finally made it into the metal big league and summing up the first blood-soaked chapter of their career, the group duly released the live double set." [6] It was also released to commemorate their 10th anniversary. [7]

The album does not feature an overdub of guitars. In The Rough Guide To Rock, it was said to be "intense" and "put studio favorites through the live shredder in a brutal and definitive manner." [8] Most of the tracks were a selection from South of Heaven , Reign in Blood , and Seasons in the Abyss . [9] The album's total duration is one hour, twenty-five minutes, and twenty-eight seconds (85:28). [9] Three of the album's tracks were included in the box set Soundtrack to the Apocalypse . [10]

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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Entertainment Weekly B− [12]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Robert Christgau Five Pointed Star Solid.svg [14]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [15]

Thom Jurek, a staff writer for AllMusic, [16] gave the album a rating of three out of five stars. Jurek gave notice to the album's sound quality, telling readers that it does not "capture the sheer overblown intensity of the unit in a concert setting," but that it comes closer than one may imagine. [9] Jurek also gave note to how Rick Rubin made the two-discs sound like it were recorded at one gig, writing "Producer Rick Rubin stays out of the way; his production seems to be in terms of shaping the live sound to make it sound like this is all one gig." [9] Entertainment Weekly 's David Browne said that it was an "accurate aural snapshots of what it's like to be part of a crowd craning to see the action on a stage that seems two miles away." [12] Browne also said that "they're perfect examples of the sad current state of the once-proud live rock album." [12] Robert Christgau gave the album a star ("Honorable Mention is a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."), [17] saying, "praise the Lord—I can hardly understand a word they're singing (Hell Awaits)." [14] Joel McIver, author of The Bloody Reign of Slayer said that it was regarded as one of the best live albums released by a heavy metal band. [18]

<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> American entertainment magazine published by Meredith Corporation

Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture.

David Browne is an American journalist and author. He was the resident music critic at Entertainment Weekly between 1990 and 2006. He was an editor at Music & Sound Output magazine and a music critic at the New York Daily News before EW. He has written articles for a variety of publications including: the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, New Republic and Time. He has written four books: Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley a dual father/son biography of musicians Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley; Amped: How Big Air, Big Dollars and a New Generation Took Sports to the Extreme, a history of extreme sports; and Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth. His latest book is Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970, which was published by Da Capo in June 2011. The book tells the story of four iconic artists and their four landmark albums of that year and how their lives and music reflected and shaped the transition from one era to another. Browne was born and raised in New Jersey and attended New York University, where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism, with a minor in music. He lives in Manhattan.

Robert Christgau American music journalist

Robert Thomas Christgau is an American essayist and music journalist. One of the earliest professional rock critics, he spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created and oversaw the annual Pazz & Jop poll. He has also covered popular music for Esquire, Creem, Newsday, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Blender, and MSN Music, and was a visiting arts teacher at New York University.

The album charted on three different charts. On November 9, 1991, it peaked at number 55 on the Billboard 200. [19] [20] On January 13, 1992, the album entered the Media Control Charts, where it peaked at number 77. It maintained a number on the chart until February 2, 1992, giving it a total of three weeks on the chart. [21] On December 2, 1991 it entered the UK Album Charts, peaking at number 29. It stayed on the chart for two weeks. [22] [23]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Track listing

Standard edition

Disc one

1."Hell Awaits" Kerry King 6:50
2."The Anti-Christ"Hanneman
  • Hanneman
  • King
3."War Ensemble"
4."South of Heaven"ArayaHanneman4:25
5."Raining Blood"
  • Hanneman
  • King
6."Altar of Sacrifice"KingHanneman2:48
7."Jesus Saves"King
  • Hanneman
  • King
8."Dead Skin Mask"ArayaHanneman4:58
9."Seasons in the Abyss"ArayaHanneman7:01
10."Mandatory Suicide"Araya
  • Hanneman
  • King
11."Angel of Death"HannemanHanneman4:52

Disc two

1."Hallowed Point"
  • Araya
  • Hanneman
  • Hanneman
  • King
2."Blood Red"ArayaHanneman2:50
3."Die by the Sword"HannemanHanneman3:35
4."Black Magic"King
  • Hanneman
  • King
5."Captor of Sin"
  • Hanneman
  • King
  • Hanneman
  • King
6."Born of Fire"King
  • Hanneman
  • King
8."Spirit in Black"KingHanneman4:07
9."Expendable Youth"ArayaKing4:36
10."Chemical Warfare"
  • Hanneman
  • King
  • Hanneman
  • King

Limited edition

7."Skeletons of Society"KingKing4:50
8."At Dawn They Sleep"
  • Araya
  • Hanneman
  • King
10."Spirit in Black"KingHanneman4:07
11."Expendable Youth"ArayaKing4:36
12."Chemical Warfare"
  • Hanneman
  • King
  • Hanneman
  • King


The album's credits and personnel can be obtained from AllMusic. [26]


  1. 1 2 McIver 2010, p. 142
  2. Abbott, Jim (1991-10-25). "In the Bin". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  3. Bogdanov V. All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide To Popular Music (4th Edition). Backbeat Books, 2001. p. 369.
  4. "SLAYER's KERRY KING Talks 'The Vinyl Conflict' (Video) (2:31—2:55)". . Borivoj Krgin. 2010-11-15.[ permanent dead link ]
  5. Daniel Bukszpan, Ronnie James Dio. The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal.
  6. Martin C. Strong, John Peel. The Great Rock Discography: Complete Discographies Listing Every Track Recorded by More Than 1,200 Artists (7th edition). Canongate US, 2004. p. 1385. ISBN   1-84195-615-5
  7. "Slayer: Soundtrack to the Apocalypse – PopMatters Music Review". PopMatters. 2004-01-23
  8. Buckley, Peter, ed. (2003). The Rough Guide To Rock (3rd Edition). Rough Guides. p. 950. ISBN   1-84353-105-4.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Jurek, Thom. "Decade of Aggression – Slayer". AllMusic.
  10. "SLAYER: 'Soundtrack' Box Set Contents Revealed". . Roadrunner Records. 2003-10-08. Archived from the original on 2004-01-19.
  11. McIver 2010, p. 144
  12. 1 2 3 Browne, David (1991-12-20). "Wild in the Seats". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  13. "Slayer – Decade of Aggression Live CD Album". CD Universe . Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  14. 1 2 Christgau, Robert. "CG: Slayer". Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  15. Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 741–742. ISBN   0-7432-0169-8.
  16. "Thom Jurek". AllMusic. 1958-06-12. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
  17. "CG 90s: Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  18. McIver 2010, p. 145
  19. "Decade of Aggression: Live – Slayer". Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  20. "Decade of Aggression: Live – Slayer". 1991-11-09. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
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