SlayerHell Awaits

Label:Metal Blade Records – MBR 1040, Combat – MX 8020
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Hauppauge Pressing


A1Hell Awaits
Lyrics ByKerry King
A2Kill Again
Lyrics ByKerry King
A3At Dawn They Sleep
Music ByJeff Hanneman
B1Praise Of Death
Lyrics ByJeff Hanneman
Lyrics ByJeff Hanneman, Kerry King
Music ByJeff Hanneman
B3Crypts Of Eternity6:37
B4Hardening Of The Arteries
Lyrics ByJeff Hanneman
Music ByJeff Hanneman

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First pressing.

Inner sleeve with photographs, lyrics etc.
Insert "Slatanic Wehrmacht" club membership and merch.

Pressing plant info "ᐉ" taken from the Matrix / Runout area and pressing rings.

Recorded at Eldorado, Hollywood, and Track Record, Los Angeles.
Mixed at Track Records.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood.

All songs published by Bloody Scull Music (BMI)
© 1985 Metal Blade Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): MX 8020A A- I ᐉ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): MX 8020B A- I ᐉ
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Other (Cassette): MXT 8020

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Hell Awaits (Cassette, Album)Banzai RecordsBRC4 1930Canada1985
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Hell Awaits (LP, Album)Banzai RecordsBRC 1930Canada1985
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Hell Awaits (LP, Album)Far East Metal SyndicateSP25-5180Japan1985
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Hell Awaits (Cassette, Album)Metal Blade Records, CombatMXT 8020US1985
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Hell Awaits (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Picture Disc)Metal Blade RecordsMXPD 8020US1985



  • xzepolx's avatar
    my copy has the OG Possessed Seven Churches insert. anyone has a spare or scan of the original? thanks!
    • albee213's avatar
      Edited 2 years ago
      Slayers most progressive album to date. Great songs, great performances but mediocre leads and horrible 80's production. This is a bad thing but also part of its charm. Its funny to me that the EP "Haunting the Chapel" that came out before this sounds more like what we all would know as the "Slayer" sound captured on RIB, SOH and SITA. Its to bad they never played all the songs from this and "Show No Mercy" in a concert to give them the treatment these songs deserved. Sure they played a few here and there like At Dawn They Sleep and Hell Awaits was a staple of their live shows but they ignored the rest as if they never existed. There are some gems on here if you can get past the poor 80s production.

      ***UPDATE*** I listen to this album a lot more after having it on LP. While I bashed it for its bad production it isn't that bad. While it does not have the sound of later releases it is a solid album. Tom was still trying to find his voice and the guitar tones are not as good as you would like from Slayer but over all its an awesome album and deserves a good listen looking forward not backwards.
      • fruitkiller's avatar
        The bass lines where now Tom just yells KILL when they play At Dawn They Sleep live is how much Rubin has been an awesome influence on the band but also not that great either. Those bass lines fit with what the 2 guitars were doing melody wise one after the other and then the bass came in and the, silence, and then massive speed comes in..... Tom played Reign in Blood with his fingers, but afterwards he played with a pick so he didn't really play the fast first riff of War Ensemble, he just goes 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 under the riffs, he didn't do that here, or in Reign, but in Reign the bass already has been Rubenized...
        • crowvillerecords's avatar
          Edited 7 years ago
          opps, i was wrong. the brown one has a release page. says 3rd press from 87.
          • kmart's avatar
            Which is the original 1st pressing of this LP,the one pictured for this listing, or the one with the chains around the outer edge of the labels on the vinyl?


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