Lately, I wanted to review something that I've been listening for almost a decade. I was 12 years old when I first listen to this record. Now I'm 20 and my perspective has changed a lot. Why all these people are shouting that slayer's Reign In Blood is the best thrash metal album ever. Because it's fast???evil???chaotic??? Simply because this record has seen the light of the day at the right moment.
Thrash metal was only 5 years old and the style was getting more and more attention. Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, etc. All these band we're getting bigger and some people we're scared about the fact that these band are gonna be on MTV and make super catchy radio songs. Master Of Puppets has been out for almost 6 months and some of the Metallica fan we're angry about the band growing and not being the backyard party band anymore. In october 1986 the world receive a big punch in the face with the release of Reign In Blood.
This 31 minutes record is not only a thrash frenzy of riff and evil lyrics. It was simply a warning for all the people who were doubting about the status of thrash metal. Slayer just said: Here's what we do best and that's the way it will always be. Fast, heavy, chaotic, dark, evil, etc. He're a lot of adjective that could describe this record.
From the first riff of ''Angel Of Death'' to the last chaotic wahmmy bar abuse of ''Rainning Blood'', slayer finds a way to blow your mind. The riffs we're fresh at the time. I mean, they we're not overused like some of the riff that they've come out on ''Christ illusion''. Almost every riffs has become a trademark to thrash metal in the same way of Black Sabbath's riffs has become with metal.
Chaotic solos, insane double bass, evil singing. All adjective that describe slayer seem to be in exageration but that's what it is. For example, nobody's a been that fast at double bass. Lombardo was like the first to go over 200 bpm on double bass(Without any triggers). Sure, hundreds of drummers has followed his path in the next couple of years, It's basically what happened. Slayer has changed metal. They we're the band to follow on the dark side of metal.
Overall everybody has come with an awesome performance. The songs are short and quite simple. It's not a record that you have to concentrate too much. The music is brutal and the lyrics is just the reflexions of the music. Writing about War, Religion and Evil was not a part of the culture. Slayer was the first band to directly attack christianity, Reign In Blood was too much at the time. I think it has even been banned in some country,
Now check around yourself and ask anybody. Everyone knows Slayer. In a way or another they all have seen of heard of it. Slayer are like a giant wave who's getting over all the world. Now, a lot of band do what slayer's did. Slayer themselves are trying to do what they have done in the past. That's why this record is such a clasic. 22 years and we're still talking about this. It is still considered has one of the most brutal records ever made. This record is a classic and those who rate it badly are just people who are scared of slayer. I'm sure they haven't listen to it yet.
-Araya's voice is at his peak
-31 minutes is short so it's not hard to get through it
-31 minutes is too short for some