Christ Illusion

Label
American Recordings
Release date
16 Oct 2012
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
38:25

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Flash Storm 4:15 2,094
2 Catalyst 3:07 97,339
3 Skeleton Christ 4:22 94,586
4 Eyes Of The Insane 3:23 117,521
5 Jihad 3:31 103,242
6 Consfearacy 3:06 84,729
7 Catatonic 4:53 87,774
8 Black Serenade (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:16 57
9 Cult 4:40 103,031
10 Supremist 3:52 78,688

About this album

Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by the American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on August 8, 2006, the album received generally favorable critical reviews, and it entered the Billboard 200 at number 5—the band’s highest U.S. chart position to date. Christ Illusion includes the Grammy Award-winning songs “Eyes of the Insane” and “Final Six”, and is the band’s first studio album to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo since 1990’s Seasons in the Abyss.

Depicting a mutilated Christ painted by longtime collaborator Larry Carroll, the album’s graphic artwork courted controversy. An alternative cover was issued to conservative retailers who felt uncomfortable with the original. Lyrical themes, particularly in the song “Jihad” which describes the September 11 attacks from a terrorist perspective. A Mumbai-based Christian group, the Catholic Secular Forum, was outraged by this and thus demanded a recall. As a result, all Indian stocks of the album were recalled and destroyed by EMI India.

Christ Illusion was recorded via computer between two studios: NRG Studios, North Hollywood, with assistant engineer Dave Colvin; and Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, where Brian Warwick assisted.Slayer wished for Reign in Blood producer Rick Rubin to produce the album, and expected him to do so after Rubin expressed an initial interest.Rubin was busy, however, which caused a further delay to recording.While Christ Illusion’s recording was finally underway Rubin lent production to Metallica’s Death Magnetic, an action later described by King as a “slap in the fucking face.

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