SEASONS IN THE ABYSS
■ Released in 1990, Slayerõs fifth album continued the neat trick theyõd mastered on the preceding South Of Heaven Ð that being the addition of mid-tempo chug, equally as creepy as the Huntington Park band sounded flailing at 300mph. Case in point: Dead Skin Mask, a song concerning the notorious killer and body snatcher Ed Gein, may well be the most evil theyõve ever sounded. Not to say they slowed right down. Opener War Ensemble captured the stress and chaos of warfare so perfectly, the U.S. Army used it to psych up its troops.