Slayer - Hell Awaits (Studio Version) Video

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Slayer - Hell Awaits.
The Album:
Hell Awaits is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records in 1985. The band's previous release, Show No Mercy, became Metal Blade Records highest selling release, which led producer Brian Slagel wish to release another album. Slagel financed a recording budget (Show No Mercy was self-financed by band members) and recruited several experienced producers to help in the studio.
Hell Awaits featured the band's most progressive and diverse work compared to their previous releases, having faster, thrash orientated songs, and is cited as an influence by many extreme metal bands. The album had several re-issues, including bonus tracks taken from the EP Haunting the Chapel.
Slayer's previous album Show No Mercy became Metal Blade Records highest selling release — 40,0 copies worldwide; making producer Brian Slagel want the band to release another record. Slagel hired producer Ron Fair, who worked for Chrysalis Records, and had seen the band perform live and enjoyed their performance. On seeing Slayer in the studio Fair stated "Wow, these guys are really angry", as he was inexperienced working with heavy metal musicians. Slagel financed the album, where as Show No Mercy was financed by vocalist Tom Araya, using his earnings as a respiratory therapist and money borrowed from guitarist Kerry King's father.
Drummer Dave Lombardo asserts the album was professionally done compared to their previous release, Show No Mercy: "I didn't have to overdub the cymbals, and we had a really good engineer." Lombardo's favorite song is "At Dawn They Sleep": "because it was kind of slow and grungy, but then it had that double-bass part the middle." While recording the track, neither guitarists King or Jeff Hanneman who wrote the lyrics were in the studio — only Araya and Slagel. On reading the lyrics there was a word, which was written incorrectly, Araya sang it how it was spelled, although it's not a real word.
Bernie Grundman provided audio mastering, Eddy Schreyer worked on remastering and Bill Metoyer, who worked on the band's previous release, Haunting the Chapel, acted as sound engineer. Lyrical themes on Hell Awaits included darker themes than Show No Mercy, such as Hell and Satan - the intro to "Hell Awaits" is a backwards recording of a demonic-sounding voice repeating "Join us," ending with "Welcome back". Araya asserts the album had poor production quality "Nowadays, production-wise, it's so under par. But for what it was at the time, those are amazing records to me. I guess we could go in and redo it. But why ruin it?"
Backwards recording: Join Us! X - times, Welcome Back.
Existing on damnations edge
The priest had never known
To witness such a violent show
Of power overthrown
Angels fighting aimlessly
Still dying by the sword
Our legions killing all in sight
To get the one called lord
The gates of hell lie waiting as you see
There's no price to pay just follow me
I can take your lost soul from the grave
Jesus knows your soul can not be saved
Crucify the so called lord
He soon shall fall to me
Your souls are damned your God has fell
To slave for me eternally
Hell awaits.
The reaper guards the darkened gates
That Satan calls his home
Demons feed the furnace where
The dead are free to roam
Lonely children of the night
There's seven ways to go
Each leading to the burning hole
The Lucifer controls
Priests of Hades seek the sacred star
Satan sees the answer lies not far
Zombies screaming souls cry out to you
Satanic laws prevail your life is through
Pray to the moon. when it is round
Death with you shall then abound
What you seek. for cant be found
In sea or sky or underground
(lead - Hanneman)
Now I have you deep inside my everlasting grasp
The seven bloody gates of hell
Is where you'll live your last
Warriors from hells domain
Will bring you to your death
The flames of Hades burning strong
Your soul shall never rest
The gates of hell lie waiting as you see
There's no price to pay just follow me
I can take your lost soul from the grave
Jesus knows your soul can not be saved
Sacrifice the lives of all I know they
Soon shall die
Their souls are damned to rot in hell
And keep the fire growing deep inside
Hell awaits.
Tags abyss, araya, awaits, blood, drum, hanneman, hell, kerry, king, lombardo, mercy, metallica, raining, sabbath, satan, scaglione, slayer

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