Lyrically, the album covers a macabre gamut, from strung-out junkies ("Cast Down") to irrepressible greed ("Seven Faces"). The band, which includes singer-bassist Tom Araya, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Kerry King, illuminates its lyrics with heavy, steady, raw grooves that preface off-timed thrash jams. Araya brings the whole nasty brew to a boil with his insistent rants -- at times he sounds as if he's frothing at the mouth. From beginning to end, the record is saturated with something completely lacking in today's metal scene: sincere outrage. Slayer provides a raw indictment of, well, just about everything, and this album, stylistically unique and abrasive, is an artistically important one from a band whose influence is virtually impossible to calculate.