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World Painted Blood
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
RecordedOctober 2008–March 2009
StudioThe Pass, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal
Label American Recordings, Sony Music
Producer Rick Rubin (exec.)
Greg Fidelman
Slayer chronology
Christ Illusion
World Painted Blood
Singles from World Painted Blood
  1. "Psychopathy Red"
    Released: April 18, 2009
  2. "Hate Worldwide"
    Released: July 28, 2009
  3. "World Painted Blood"
    Released: November 26, 2010 [1]

World Painted Blood is the eleventh studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. It was released through American Recordings and Sony Music on November 3, 2009 and was produced by Greg Fidelman and executively produced by Rick Rubin. [2] It is the band's only album produced by Greg Fidelman. With much anticipation for the album after 2006's Christ Illusion , members of Slayer began revealing information about the album beginning in early 2009.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter is often sympathetic to liberal social issues and often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and vocalist and bassist Tom Araya. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Greg Fidelman is an American record mixer, engineer and record producer. He has worked with many bands in various genres, many in the heavier rock or thrash metal genres, including Metallica, Slayer, High on Fire, Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bush, Audioslave, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, and System of a Down, but has also worked on albums by U2, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and others.


There were four different artworks released for the album, each which completed one-fourth of a map, that when put together, illustrates the earth painted with red. There are eleven tracks on the album, with origins illustrating death and destruction, war, serial killers, and the Apocalypse. It is the band's first studio album to be played mostly in E-flat tuning since Divine Intervention (1994). World Painted Blood is the last Slayer album to feature drummer Dave Lombardo before his dismissal from the band, and guitarist Jeff Hanneman before his death, both in 2013. It is also the band's final album to be released through American Recordings, as well as the final collaboration between Slayer and label owner Rubin, who had worked with the band as their producer or executive producer since Reign in Blood (1986).

<i>Divine Intervention</i> (album) 1994 studio album by Slayer

Divine Intervention is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on September 27, 1994, through American Recordings, it was their first album to feature Paul Bostaph, replacing the band's original drummer Dave Lombardo. The production posed a challenge to the record company, as its marketing situation drew arguments over the album's explicitness. The band used the Decade of Aggression live album to give them time to decide the album's style. Since it was released nearly four years after Seasons in the Abyss, vocalist Tom Araya said that there was more time spent on production compared to the band's previous albums. The cover was painted and designed by Wes Benscoter as a re-imaging of the group's early "Slayergram" graphic.

Dave Lombardo Cuban drummer

David Lombardo is a Cuban-American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of American thrash metal band Slayer. Lombardo played drums on nine Slayer albums, including the 1986 album Reign in Blood and the 2006 album Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo's music career has spanned forty years, during which he has been involved in the production of thirty-five commercial recordings covering a number of genres. He has performed with numerous bands, including Grip Inc., Fantômas, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo is currently playing drums with Fantômas, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, and the Misfits.

Jeff Hanneman American guitarist

Jeffrey John Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman contributed both lyrical and musical material to every Slayer album up until his death in 2013 and wrote the songs "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble," "South of Heaven," "Seasons in the Abyss," and "Angel of Death," all of which have been played at almost every live Slayer performance after their respective compositions. He had his own signature guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature model.

Three singles were released from the album: "Psychopathy Red", "Hate Worldwide", and "World Painted Blood". "Psychopathy Red" leaked onto the internet over a year before its release, and was released as a seven–inch single on April 18, 2009. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. It was praised by The A.V. Club , who said that the "resounding success in that regard: It's eclectic, but never self-consciously so." "Hate Worldwide" and "World Painted Blood" were both nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 53rd and 54th Grammy Awards, respectively. The album peaked at number two on the US Top Hard Rock Albums chart, as well as twelve on the Billboard 200 and forty-one on the United Kingdom album chart.

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Writing and recording

World Painted Blood marked the first time that the band wrote material in the studio rather than entering the studio fully prepared with lyrics. The fact that they were not prepared made guitarist Kerry King skeptical. King related: "I was kind of thinking, 'Man, this could be the first record in a long time that's got a little bit of filler,'" he acknowledges. "But I think every song came out great. I was concerned some would sound similar, and every one is completely different. It's cool how it worked out." [3] The majority of the lyrics and music were written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Kerry King stated: "I like when Jeff writes as much as he did for this record. When you have one guy doing most of the writing you only get one perspective. A lot of Jeff's stuff has a very punky vibe this time; the stuff I write sounds thrashy but with a hint of punk, and when Jeff writes the stuff is more punk with a hint of thrash. It works together well." [4] Unlike 2006's Christ Illusion , the band was "under-ready" with their lyrics and music. [5]

Kerry King American musician

Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist and songwriter for the American thrash metal band Slayer. He co-founded the band with Jeff Hanneman in 1981 and has been a member ever since.

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Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released on August 8, 2006 by American Recordings. It was the band's first album to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo since Seasons in the Abyss (1990), and also marked the first time since Divine Intervention (1994) that they recorded songs in D# tuning. The songs "Jihad", "Flesh Storm", "Catalyst", and "Consfearacy" were recorded in D# tuning, while "Catatonic", "Eyes of the Insane", "Skeleton Christ", and "Supremist" were recorded in Drop B tuning and "Black Serenade" and "Cult" in C# tuning.

Because we did those first three songs in October and those were all his. I don't know if he's worked just since January like I have. I would imagine he probably worked a little earlier than that.

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The album was recorded in Los Angeles, California with producer Greg Fidelman during October 2008 and then recorded from late January and March 2009. [6] [7] There were 13 songs recorded for the album, but only 11 appear on the album. [8] In May 2009, King said of the album: "I think this one has a little bit of everything—more so than anything we've done since Seasons . So I would imagine people are gonna compare it to that one." [9] The band had recorded thirteen songs for the album, seven written by lead guitarist Jeff Hanneman and six by King, although not all of them were included. [9] King later confirmed the album's release date was pushed back to late summer 2009. [10] An article on Slayer's website confirmed the album's name. [11] On August 20, 2009, Roadrunner Records confirmed the track listing. [12] Thom Jurek of Allmusic said the production "takes a different tack altogether for this guitar-manic crew." [13] A listening party for World Painted Blood was held on October 30, 2009 at Duff's Brooklyn in Williamsburg, New York. The event started at 9:00 pm [7]

<i>Seasons in the Abyss</i> 1990 studio album by Slayer

Seasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released on October 9, 1990 by Def American Records. Recording sessions began in March 1990 at Hit City West and Hollywood Sound, and ended in June 1990 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. It was the band's last album to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo until 2006's Christ Illusion. Seasons in the Abyss' musical style has been compared by critics to the band's previous two albums South of Heaven (1988) and Reign in Blood (1986).

Duffs Brooklyn

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During the recording of World Painted Blood, King used BC Rich Guitars, Marshall Amplifiers and Cabs, Dunlop strings and picks, EMG pickups, and Korg tuners. [14] Hanneman used ESP guitars, Marshall Amplifiers and Cabs, Dunlop strings and picks, Monster Cables, and Shure Wireless System. [14] Vocalist/bassist Araya used ESP basses, Marshall Bass Amplifiers and Cabs, EMG Pick-Ups, Dunlop Picks and accessories, and MXR Effects. [14] Lombardo used Tama Drums, Paiste cymbals, Pro-Mark drum sticks, and Evans drum heads. [14]

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EMG, Inc. guitar pickups and EQ accessories manufacturer

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Music and lyrics

Record producer Greg Fidelman said that "the fact that the songs were still new and fresh to them, and they hadn't been playing them for six months in rehearsal, kept the vibe and excitement in the studio very high." [2] Vocalist Tom Araya said that there "are two principal music writers in this band, so you're going to get a combination of speed and heaviness," and later said that the "writing is really aggressive and fast, while Jeff likes things to be fast, but with melodies and grooves. In making this album, we seemed to share the same vision from song ideas to titles; when we get together as Slayer, it just happens, nothing is contrived, it's not thought out, we just do it, and we did that with this new album." [2] Lombardo said that Hanneman's writing and performance had "gone back to this great punk energy, especially with 'Psychopathy Red'." [15]

"World Painted Blood" includes the B-side "Atrocity Vendor". SlayersWPBsingle.jpg
"World Painted Blood" includes the B-side "Atrocity Vendor".

Allmusic said that it expressed moods such as Harshness, Fiery, Confidence, Rowdiness, Aggressiveness, Rebellious, Cathartic, Anger, and Hostility. It also is categorized in genres like speed metal and heavy metal. Thom Jurek said Lombardo's percussion beats "are WAAAAAAAY up in the mix," and said that "you can understand every word, even on the thrashers" about Tom Araya's vocal style. "[T]he guitars are simply further down in the mix and sometimes it becomes difficult to discern Araya's bass. Therefore, the first listen or two to World Painted Blood might be a bit confusing for the seasoned Slayer fan, but that changes quickly, and the sound of those drums blasting in one's head will become a more than welcome presence in the mix." [13]

The album's title track was said by band members to be the continuation of "Final Six", which was an outtake from their previous album. [16] "Final Six" origins deal with the apocalypse. "Human Strain" deals with apocalyptic origins as well. The track was explained by guitarist Jeff Hanneman to initially be about the human race dying off by a mutative disease. [17] The title of "Public Display of Dismemberment" refers to the consequences that countries outside of the United States give to citizens for crimes. [18] Tom Araya said that "Unit 731" is "very similar to Josef Mengele in the sense that it was a medical unit in the military, which was a Japanese military unit, actually. They did kind of the same thing; they tested the limits of the human body and recorded it for scientific purposes." [19] "Playing With Dolls" is about a child witnessing a serial killer. [20] "Beauty Through Order" is about Elizabeth Báthory, the most prolific female serial killer. [21] Jeff Hanneman explained: "I've been meaning to write a song about that for a long time. I couldn't figure out the angle, I was thinking, 'How does a woman write? I can't write like a woman I'm a guy!' Then I just figured, 'Well, she's evil; she has lots of power and killed people.' So I just started writing and the lyrics and they came out." [22] Slayer revealed to Revolver that the track "Snuff" has no lyrical concept. [23] [24] "Psychopathy Red" was inspired by the Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. [2]


"Psychopathy Red" was the first single from World Painted Blood. PsychopathyRed.jpg
"Psychopathy Red" was the first single from World Painted Blood.

"Psychopathy Red", a song inspired by the Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, was made available as a "limited edition, blood-red vinyl seven-inch vinyl" disc on April 18, 2009 as part of the third annual Record Store Day. [25] The song premiered on October 29, 2008, on a YouTube stream. [26] Originally, "Psychopathy Red" was going to be a b-side of World Painted Blood, but after there was access to it on the internet, they decided to add it to the album's track list. [27]

On July 28, the song "Hate Worldwide" was released as a CD-single, exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. [28] The song was available on the internet before November 2008 and until July 2009, it had been streamed more than a half-million times. [2] "Hate Worldwide" was released as a limited-edition single on October 20, 2009, through Columbia Records as a CD. [29] The song was made available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and was streamed at Hot Topic's The composition was written by Kerry King who said "It's a really cool track, and Tom's voice sounds incredible on it. The last line in the song's chorus is '..spread a little hate worldwide,' and that's what we've been doing for 25 years." Along with five other songs, "Hate Worldwide" was nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy Award, but lost to "Dissident Aggressor" by Judas Priest, which ironically Slayer covered 22 years earlier on their 4th studio album "South of Heaven", (Priest's 2010 Grammy Award winning version, was a live recording, taken from the 2009 album "A Touch of Evil: Live"). [30]

The title track, "World Painted Blood", was released as a seven-inch single on November 26, 2010, and was limited to 2500 copies. It included the b-side "Atrocity Vendor". [1] A music video for the song had already been released on June 16, 2010. [31] [32] The single was exclusively released through the Metal Club record store chain. [1] The song itself was said by the band to be a continuation of "Final Six", a bonus track on the special edition of Slayer's 2006 album Christ Illusion , and deals with the end of the world. [16] Araya and Hanneman have said "World Painted Blood" is "one of the more classic Slayer songs". [16] A music video has been made for "Beauty Through Order", [33] however, it has been removed from most online sources. [34]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 78/100 [35]
Review scores
SourceRating Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [36]
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [13]
The A.V. Club A– [37]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [38]
Consequence of Sound Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [39]
musicOMH Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [40]
Now Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [41]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10 [42]
PopMatters 8/10 [43]
Spin 5/10 [44]


The album earned generally positive reviews. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 78 out of 100 based on 11 reviews. [35]

"Sounding," said Classic Rock , "like it was recorded in a studio where the amps were set to FUCK YOU rather than 11 and armed with a dual attack of heavy and heaviest, Slayer's 10th studio album [sic] offers a remarkable clarity of vision and strength of identity." [45]

"Quite frankly we were beginning to wonder if they still had an album like this left in them," said Greg Moffitt of the BBC. "A few of the songs command the attention with the insistence of old… [The album is] a deliciously wicked ride." [46] AllMusic's Thom Jurek awarded the album three and a half stars, saying, "In many ways it could be Reign In Blood Revisited… Some compositions on this new recording have more of the band's early–style melody in them, with lightning flare–up riffs between verses: quick unexpected guitar pyrotechnics; and blast beat power drumming from Dave Lombardo pushing it all into red." [13]

Leonard Pierce of The A.V. Club remarked on the "burden" that "weighs particularly heavy on bands that made their reps with intensity and innovation; Slayer, in particular, was perceived as wandering in the wilderness during the years Paul Bostaph sat behind the drum kit." [37] He rewarded the album with an A–, describing it as "eclectic, but never self-consciously so. It rarely flags in intensity, and it's good enough that if it were inserted in Slayer’s discography right after Seasons In The Abyss — the record it most resembles — it would be an almost seamless transition." [37] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters gave the album eight out of ten stars, saying, "It's a slight improvement on Christ Illusion , as more than on any of their previous five albums, the foursome of guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, and drummer Dave Lombardo find themselves revisiting the seminal styles of their 1986–88 heyday." [43]'s Chad Bowar and MusicOMH gave the album four out of five stars. [36] [40]

Blabbermouth's Ryan Ogle gave it 7.5 out of 10 and said it "jumps into fairly aggressive thrash gallop, but doesn't really have that 'straight-for-the-throat' feel you'd expect from track one." [47]


World Painted Blood sold 41,000 copies in the United States in its first week, landing it at number twelve on the Billboard 200. [48] [49] It had sold 160,000 copies in the US as of February 2015. [50] The album peaked at number seven in Germany [51] and debuted at forty–one on the UK Albums Chart. [52] "Hate Worldwide" was nominated for Best Metal Performance in 2009, [53] and the title track was nominated for the same award a year later, [54] but lost to Iron Maiden's "El Dorado".


Marketing and artwork

In June 2009, it was announced that the album would be released in the late summer of 2009. [8] The album was released on November 3, 2009. The album's artwork was revealed on September 15, 2009. Four different covers were equally shipped for a standard that when put together, they create a world map covered in blood. [55] The album has four special collector's edition CD covers, and each of them "display one-fourth of a provocative continental map illustrated with human skulls and bones; when placed together, the four images form a complete and grisly map of the world." Each album has a blood-red, transparent top panel, with the map displayed beneath it. The full map is also seen in a sleeve of the double-digipak edition of World Painted Blood. [56]

Release history

Europe2009American Recordings LP, Gatefold 88697 41318 1 [57]
RussiaSony Music EntertainmentCD88697 61431 2 [58]
JapanSony Music Japan International Inc.SICP 2253 [59]
EuropeAmerican Recordings88697614912 [60]
United States88697 41318 2 [61]
Europe88697413182 [62]
AustraliaCD, DVD, NTSC 88697534382 [63]
Europe88697534382 [64]
United States88697 41318 2 [65]
LP, Gatefold88697413181 [66]

Track listing

1."World Painted Blood"Hanneman5:53
2."Unit 731"HannemanHanneman2:40
3."Snuff" Kerry King King3:42
4."Beauty Through Order"
  • Hanneman
  • Araya
5."Hate Worldwide"KingKing2:52
6."Public Display of Dismemberment"KingKing2:35
7."Human Strain"
  • Hanneman
  • Araya
9."Psychopathy Red"HannemanHanneman2:26
10."Playing with Dolls"
  • Hanneman
  • Araya
  • King
11."Not of This God"KingKing4:20
Total length:39:51
Japanese edition bonus track
12."Psychopathy Red" (explicit live version)HannemanHanneman2:47


Credits are adapted from AllMusic. [67] [68]




Chart (2009)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [69] 9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [70] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [71] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [72] 40
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [73] 8
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [74] 21
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [75] 15
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [76] 12
French Albums (SNEP) [77] 28
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [78] 7
Greek Albums (IFPI) [79] 26
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) [80] 27
Irish Albums (IRMA) [81] 38
Italian Albums (FIMI) [82] 26
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [83] 20
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [84] 16
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [85] 15
Polish Albums (ZPAV) [86] 16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [87] 56
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [88] 21
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [89] 14
UK Albums (OCC) [90] 41
US Billboard 200 [91] 12
US Digital Albums (Billboard) [92] 18
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) [93] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [94] 4
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard) [95] 1

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"Eyes of the Insane" is a 2006 song by the American thrash metal band Slayer, taken from their 2006 album Christ Illusion. The lyrics explore an American soldier's mental anguish following his return home from the second Gulf War, and are based on an article entitled "Casualty of War" in Texas Monthly magazine. "Eyes of the Insane" was written by vocalist Tom Araya during pre-production for the album. The song was generally well received by critics, and also peaked #15 on the Danish singles charts.

<i>The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria</i> 2010 video by Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax

The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria is a live video with performances by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, the "big four" of thrash metal. The concert took place on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. It was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010.

<i>Repentless</i> 2015 studio album by Slayer

Repentless is the twelfth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on September 11, 2015, and is the band's first album since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013. Gary Holt plays the guitar in his place while drummer Paul Bostaph makes his first appearance on a Slayer album since 2001's God Hates Us All. The album is also Slayer's first one to be released on Nuclear Blast and was produced by Terry Date, replacing Rick Rubin after twenty-nine years and nine studio albums as their producer or executive producer. The six-year gap between World Painted Blood and Repentless is the longest between two Slayer albums to date.


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