Slayer
Reign in Blood


5.0
classic

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
January 11th, 2007 | 382 replies | 29,894 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Full of hate, satanism, and gore, "Reign in Blood" is the wretched spawn of Slayer. And nearly 21 years later, it's still kicking a**.

25 of 27 thought this review was well written

If there was ever a time for me to forgo any witty, intriguing opening, now would be the time. Because no matter what I say, the message will still be the same: “Reign in Blood” will beat the living shit out of you, your family, your neighbors, and anyone you know. In exactly 29 minutes and 1 second, the clear-cut message of hatred will be sewn into your mind, and love it or hate it, you’ll learn a lesson in true malice.

Oh yes, and this kicks "Master of Puppets" square in the balls.

Released upon the unsuspecting masses in 1986, “Reign in Blood” embarked upon a path that was left desolate by other Thrash Metal acts such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica and Megadeth choose to deepen their sound with more intricate playing and (seemingly) more meaningful lyrics, and Anthrax became even more of a comic-relief Thrash band, but not Slayer. They looked upon the scene and determined it was time to show the world just what a hideous, vile-spewing monster Thrash could be.

"Enter to the realm of Satan..."

All it takes is the first pulverizing riff off the infamous “Angel of Death” for those to comprehend that this is certainly the album of the apocalypse. It’s the dual oppressive guitars, the thunderous drums, and Tom’s savage voice that will knock you off your feet. And it never lets up after that. “Necrophobic” and “Altar of Sacrifice” are the bastard offspring of Kerry and Jeff’s cruel intentions, with blazing speed and an intent to kill. Tom’s psychotic voice brings “Criminally Insane” to life, fulfilling its purpose to implant the image of an asylum patient poised to kill. With ease, Dave unloads savage fills all over “Epidemic” and “Piece By Piece”. But combine these deranged musicians together, and you get harrowing masterpieces such as the wailing “Raining Blood”, a bi-polar diagnosed “Jesus Saves”, and “Angel of Death”, whose ruthless riffs have caused ungodly amounts of physical violence.

Each member brings something to the table that benefits this album. Tom’s voice is purely sadistic, and while there isn’t much variation in it, he doesn’t need it. He sounds possessed throughout this whole album, as he spits out his lines faster than you can absorb them. On the Holocaust themed “Angel of Death”, he unleashes a furious scream that’s very often mistaken for an actual guitar because it’s so high. While he doesn’t write most of the lyrics (King does), he delivers them as if they were his own. They’re disgusting, gore-infested, anti-God, and aim to hand you one of the most spiteful Metal trips you’ll ever take. Listening to Tom shout out “Ripping apart, Severing flesh, Gouging eyes, Tearing limb from limb!” could cause your mother to faint. To perfectly match him, Kerry and Jeff create some of the cruelest riffs and solos the world has ever heard. The glorified omniscient intro riff to “Raining Blood” is a stone-cold testament to their riff writing power. And while their solos are painfully mindless by themselves, they give a true frenzied feel when put together with the music. They tend to trade off, such as on “Angel of Death” and “Criminally Insane”. But it’s Dave Lombardo who is the greatest here, as always. One of the most breathtaking drummers in the whole genre of Metal, Dave never disappoints. The tempo and precision that which he is able to play, especially live, has gained him immense respect and God-status. His double-bass will obliterate your speakers, and his fills on tracks like “Postmortem” will leave your head spinning.

There are only three flaws that this album really has. For starters, as many know, this album is the definition of repetitive. Everything will sound the same all in one sitting, but then again, that’s the point of the album. It was made to never let up on its attack, and while it certainly accomplishes this, it could make some heads hurt. Another problem is that it’s a little too short. This album is over so fast that you won’t know what to do next. And finally, while others may hail it, I do not find "Postmortem" to be all that interesting. While it’s got a great fluctuation in tempo, it just feels sub-par compared to the rest on this album.

It’s all here folks: the satanic and gore-filled lyrics, the insane drumming, demented vocals, and searing guitars. I can’t stress to you enough how much of a Thrash classic “Reign in Blood” is. If I was about to get into a serious fight with someone, I would make sure I brought this album along with me. But then again, this isn’t for everyone. “Reign in Blood” is simply a straight-shot of aggression and adrenaline, and all of those who want some of that will find more than their fill here.

Overall – 5/5

Recommended Tracks

Angel of Death
Jesus Saves
Criminally Insane
Raining Blood



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south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

50th review omg.

Wizard
January 11th 2007



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You were the last one I would have thought of who would write this review (obvious sarcasm)!
What a great review South of Heaven. You described everything on this album nice and concisely. This is one of my favourite Slayer albums and Im going to get to hear a few songs off this album when they come to the John Labbatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada on Feburary 7th. This review was a highlight to my day hahahah!

Digging: Downer - Downer

CoRpSeSlAyEr
January 11th 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is the album that got me into metal. Great album with every song being a classic. Altar of Sacrafice is the best song on it, and is very uderrated. Good review though.

south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You're going to see them with Unearth too, I take it?

Corpse: Altar of Sacrifice is SICKThis Message Edited On 01.11.07

wakeupdead
January 11th 2007



2208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Finally! It's about time you reviewed this album! Why did it take so long? Anyway, very nicely described. All the way down to the exact length!

south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. I've been saving this to be my 50th for awhile now.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 11th 2007



3709 Comments


Happy 50th.

Again, I really like the length. It's nice and concise, yet describes the album really well. Or something. :p Probably your best review after M-16.

Bfhurricane
January 11th 2007



6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a phenominal review. I loved the language and speech you used. This album is great, but way too much of the same thing for my taste. King needs to learn how to solo properly, even though this pretty much is genre defining I don't find it too attractive to listen to just random wailing.
Hell, awesome album and awesome review

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2007



17920 Comments


SLAYER

Hatshepsut
January 11th 2007



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

'bout time
You can listen to the whole friggin album on this site.

JumpTheF**kUp
January 11th 2007



2710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice. Happy fiftieth.
It's a good one too.

Wizard
January 11th 2007



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can bet Im going to be going nuts seeing Unearth (wicked band) and Slayer together South of Heaven. On a rather humorous note, my dad is coming to see the show with me too. I told him I would take him to see a real metal show whenever it comes to London. He is 53 and doesnt realize hes in for a treat hahahah!
PS HAPPY 50th reviewThis Message Edited On 01.11.07

Oddsen
January 11th 2007



1127 Comments


great review. It was very descriptive and the intro was cool too. I really don't like slayer though

The Door Mouse
January 11th 2007



2092 Comments


Cool review. Congratz on 50. Wow I could listen to all of the mp3s and rate the album.

TheMisterBungle
January 11th 2007



861 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Happy 50th dude.

Holy shit this whole album is uploaded! :O
But none of them work...


P.S. SLAYER.


south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Chan]SLAYER[/quote]
SLAYURGHHHHH
[quote=Hatshepsut]'bout time[/quote]
:lol:
Mike and Bfhurricane: Thanks guys.
Wizard: Your dad will lose his hearing.


Lunarfall
January 11th 2007



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too bad Slayer is shit. Oh well.

Drummer is very good though.This Message Edited On 01.11.07

south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Too bad you don't like music.

Lunarfall
January 11th 2007



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We can agree that St. Anger sucks though, right?

south_of_heaven 11
January 11th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

We can agree that St. Anger sucks though, right?


Agreed.
Truce, South of Heaven. No more brawling.

Alrighty.

There are some very opinionated statements in here (suck as dissing Master of Puppets omg)


Added for humor. But anyway, isn't a review an opinion? Besides that side-joke, I can't really see anything else that you would call "very opinionated".

Oh yea, I saw that you rated "Agent Orange" by Sodom a 4. If you like that, you need to check out their album "M-16"...best one they've ever made.This Message Edited On 01.11.07



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