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''Hell Awaits'' is the second studio album by the American thrash metal band Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records in 1985. The band's previous release, ''Show No Mercy'', became Metal Blade Records' highest selling release; as a result, producer Brian Slagel desired to release a second Slayer album. To that end, Slagel financed a recording budget (''Show No Mercy'' was paid for by band members) and recruited several experienced producers to help in the studio.

Lyrical themes on ''Hell Awaits'' are darker than on ''Show No Mercy'', and included hell and Satan. Musically, the album features the band's most progressive and diverse work compared to their previous releases. Defined as "influential to future extreme metal acts," the most popular songs from ''Hell Awaits'' were re-recorded by various underground metal bands and have appeared on several tribute albums. Musicians such as singer Phil Anselmo and drummer Gene Hoglan cite ''Hell Awaits'' as an influence.

Hell Awaits
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 1993-01-11
Duration: 37:11


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1Hell Awaits 06:16
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2Kill Again 04:56
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3At Dawn They Sleep 06:17
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4Praise of Death 05:21
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5Necrophiliac 03:46
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6Crypts of Eternity 06:40
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7Hardening of the Arteries 03:55
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