I fell in love with Slayer in the 90s, so Seasons in the Abyss was my favorite album until God Hates Us All unleashed hell in 2001. Anyway, I've always favored the newer stuff, and while I never disliked the older stuff, I didn't really spend an awful lot of time with it either. Until recently. I'm working on a new horror novel and I've been listening to a lot of Slayer while I work. For whatever reason, it started with Hell Awaits, which I had never really listened to at all, leading to a greater appreciation of Reign in Blood. Finally, it has brought me to South of Heaven, and I finally see what all the fuss is about. I've always thought that South of Heaven was good, but I wasn't as keen on it as many of the band's fans are. I'm still probably going to have to choose between Seasons in the Abyss and God Hates Us All when it's time to pick my favorite, but whereas I didn't fully grasp the South of Heaven camp's argument until recently, I totally get it it now.
Parting shot: if you didn't already know this, when it comes to heavy metal there is Slayer and then there's everybody else. That's just the way it is. You don't have to like it, but it's indisputable. Slayer is to metal what the Beatles were to classic rock. True story.