Slayer
Reign in Blood


2.5
average

Review

by PaperCities USER (2 Reviews)
June 11th, 2007 | 45 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More repetitive than it is fast, more boring than it is heavy, and more irritating than it is evil, Reign in Blood is far and away one of the most overrated albums of all time, only made better by a couple of very good tracks.

I first discovered Slayer around two and a half years ago. I had just received an mp3 player for Christmas and was browsing an online music store, looking for songs to buy. Around this time, I was still devastated by Blink-182’s break up, impatiently awaiting Tom DeLoungue’s next awesome side project, and puzzling over how long “Jesus of Suburbia” was. The most “evil” thing I had ever witnessed was Billy Joe Armstrong’s Jesus Christ pose he did at shows. So when I somehow came upon Slayer’s page in this store, I was terrified. I mean, this band was evil. They actually made an album called “God Hates Us All”, and glorified Satan in their lyrics. Slayer completely raped and devastated my little Christian soul, and I hadn’t even heard their music yet. Needless to say, I pretty much avoided listening to it.

In all this time of never hearing Slayer, it was pretty hard for me to imagine what they might sound like. Well, a couple months ago, I heard Reign in Blood for the first time.

And I laughed.

Reign In Blood basically follows the exact same formula that Slayer have always stuck with – fast and heavy and evil. No structure or rhythm whatsoever, just heaviness. There is no doubt that each member of the band is fairly skilled at their respective positions, though. The fierce drumming rattles your brain and the crushing guitars grind painfully against your bones. But it does so for 29 straight minutes, without ever changing at all, making it more tiring than heavy in the long run. Tom Araya’s angry shouts, like everything else about Reign in Blood, eventually becomes old and almost laughable when his voice goes high. The “badass” image fades away when it can’t hold your attention for half an hour.

So, what exactly is Araya shouting so viciously about? To be honest, Reign in Blood is probably better known for its controversial and violent subject matter than its actual sound. The album typically deals with war, death, gore, and pain. Well, duh. Let us glance upon the opening words of “Angel of Death”, and some of Slayer’s most infamous lyrics:

Auschwitz, the meaning of pain
The way that I want you to die
Slow death, immense decay
Showers that cleanse you of your life
Forced in
Like cattle
You run
Stripped of
Your life's worth
Human mice, for the Angel of Death
Four hundred thousand more


While these lyrics at first do seem interesting to some extent, they just go on and on, throughout the song, and throughout the entire album like this, and this feeling fades away.

So, is Reign In Blood really that bad? Well, no, not really. The solos are admittedly pretty neat at parts, and its great to play for a bunch of guys at a party. Not to mention the goodness of “Postmortem” and “Raining Blood”. But after the first few tracks, the album gets horribly boring, to the point of irritation for me, personally. I would not recommend Reign in Blood to anyone except for huge metalheads who like this sort of thing or people who have a fetish for fast guitar solos. After all, this album is really fast, isn’t it?

Pros:
-Can be fun, heavy music at times
-Neat solos
-Great technical drumming

Cons:
-Gets very boring and very old after a while
-Vocals basically suck
-Repetitive
-Lyrics suffer in the later part of the album

Recommended Tracks: Angel Of Death, Postmortem, Raining Blood


2/5

Night will come and I will follow
For my victims, no tomorrow
Make it fast, your time of sorrow
On his trail, I'll make you follow



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WARPATH_88
June 11th 2007


514 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Even though i love this to death, it does get kind of repetitive, like you said. Still a classic to me though.

wakeupdead
June 11th 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is yer first review? Nice! Yeah I love this album, so i disagree with you at a lot of parts. But good review, you get my vote

Altmer
June 11th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I thought the same as you did the first two times I spinned this disc (see my review).

It ended up rocking my world so bad. Slayer is awesome.

Oh and the lyric format makes the review kind of annoying to read.

The Door Mouse
June 11th 2007


2092 Comments


Pretty good review, expect to get negged though because of fanboys of course

pogostick1
June 11th 2007


42 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great review - nice and concise
i probably prefer the album a bit more than you, but only a little - i really like the title track

masscows
June 11th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well written review that makes alot of good points. I can understand why someone wouldn't necessarily enjoy this record, as it is very repetitive. It's one of my personal favorites in the thrash genre though.

tom79
June 11th 2007


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Only Slayer album I have. I like it.

Digging: Nai Harvest - Whatever

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 11th 2007


855 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This is a pretty descent review, but i love this album. It got me into the genre of metal in general. It does get repetative though and the songs are a little short too.

Monticello
June 11th 2007


805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You don't like it when he sings really high?? I love that...

Intransit
June 11th 2007


2797 Comments


queue the soh11 freakout.

Haven't heard this, although I did end up enjoying Christ Illusion. Maybe I'll check this out, but most likely I'll end up getting South of Heaven.

Pretty good review.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 11th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review, and yeah, this album makes me laugh. I can listen to a song or two at a time and it's okay.

PaperCities
June 11th 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks for the feedback/votes everyone. I pretty much expect to be lynched by the metal heads eventually.

Confessed2005
June 11th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

When I saw the rating I thought this was going to be a bad review.

But hey, really good job. Awesome for a first, welcome to sputnik

This album will always be classic to me despite it being formulaic.

PaperCities
June 11th 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

OMG U SUCK FOR LIKING THIS
thanks a lot :D

PaperCities
June 11th 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No, it happens. Keep in mind soh hasnt found this yet :eek:

PaperCities
June 11th 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I had fun. I wonder who's gimmick account it was.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2007


2689 Comments


PaperCities: don't be a dumbass and egg the troll on. This is a warning because you're a new account (although I suspect you're not a new user), but for future reference, don't post like you did in this thread - it makes you look like a tool.
Great review, though.

PaperCities
June 11th 2007


199 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, sorry about that, I was just having fun. Thanks, by the way

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whose gimmick account are you?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2007


17942 Comments


mine



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