In a band's career there will usually be one record that is a critic's whipping boy and loathed by the fans. You know. That record. But I find myself liking a lot of band's "worst" output. Example: Slayer in the 1990s did what a lot of heavy metal acts did in the 1990s and early 2000s: They tried their hand at more groove and nu-metal style stuff. This either worked or the critics and fans alike flat out rejected and proclaimed WORST RECORD EVER. Megadeth did it with Risk. Some Anthrax fans say Stomp 442 or Volume 8 is that record. Metallica's 2003 output Saint Anger (Did the lyfestylez determine the dethstylez? Did somebody ever pick the invisible kid up from off the grid?) is the poster child for that. Well, Slayer did it with Diabolus in Musica and I fucking love it. There are duds, there are slow moments, but at its best it crushes. It is relentless, vigorous, fresh and a sound they should have really explored. I'd rather have heard another record or two like this instead of 20 years of Seasons in the Abyss rehashing. Between this, South of Heaven and Undisputed Attitude, Slayer probably had an honest-to-Satan 5 star hardcore punk/crossover thrash classic in 'em.