Seasons in the Abyss

Seasons in the Abyss
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1990 (1990-10-09)
RecordedMarch–June 1990
StudioHit City West, Hollywood Sound, and Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
GenreThrash metal
Length42:27
LabelDef American
Producer
Slayer chronology
South of Heaven
(1988)
Seasons in the Abyss
(1990)
Divine Intervention
(1994)

Seasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released on October 9, 1990 by Def American Records. Recording sessions began in March 1990 at Hit City West and Hollywood Sound, and ended in June 1990 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. It was the band's last album to feature original drummer Dave Lombardo until 2006's Christ Illusion. Seasons in the Abyss' musical style has been compared by critics to the band's previous two albums South of Heaven (1988) and Reign in Blood (1986).

Upon its release, Seasons in the Abyss received a generally positive reception and peaked at number 40 on the US Billboard 200. It was later certified gold in the United States and Canada.

Recording and production

The album was recorded from March to June 1990 in two separate studios: Hit City West, Hollywood Sound, and Record Plant in Los Angeles, California.[1][2] Seasons in the Abyss was produced by Rick Rubin, who had also produced their previous two albums Reign in Blood and South of Heaven.

Track eight, "Temptation", featured an overdub of lead vocalist Tom Araya's singing; the vocal arrangement on the track was unintentional. Araya sang the song twice: once the way he felt it sounded best; the second time at the insistence of Kerry King the way he thought it should be sung. By accident both tracks were played back simultaneously, and the producer suggested that both vocal tracks should be used together on the final version.[3]