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  1. It is a beautiful thing when a band begins to find its own identity, and that is exactly what happened with this record. While Slayer's previous effort, Show no Mercy, had obvious influence from contemporary metal bands, especially Iron Maiden and Venom, Haunting the Chapel was the beginning of the distinct Slayer sound that so many know and love today. The guitar riffs were heavier and and darker and even a bit atonal, the bass was less present and was now contributing to the percussive rhythm section rather than being its own entity, the vocals were much more harsh, and the drums were more complex and extreme, showing Dave Lombardo's capabilities. This record is very heavy, but to merely describe it as that would be an injustice. This was a time when Slayer became a lot more technical, writing riffs and solos that were (and still are) mesmerizing and brutally fast. Also, the lyrics became much more dark, displaying Slayer's ever-present desire to push societal norms and exploit taboos. All in all, this record is where Slayer became Slayer-- a band that can produce innovatively heavy sounds and make anyone want to bang their heads. Also, as I mentioned in my introduction, I am a big slayer fan, and this album is so important to me that I got it on clear vinyl with red splatter and listen to it almost every morning. It always makes me pick up my guitar and bust out a Slayer-esque riff. [Edit] I tried to attach a picture of the record for anyone who wants to see, but it keeps saying that the file is too big.
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