Slayer
Reign in Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by manuscriptreplica USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 118 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


(Thrash/Speed Metal) Slayer – Reign in Blood

Slayer are:
Kerry King –Guitars
Jeff Hanneman –Guitars
Tom Araya – Bass, Vocals
Dave Lombardo – Drums


Slayer is the premier speed metal band. This is clearly highlighted on this album. Though very brief, at under 30 minutes, it is a complete onslaught of machine-gun paced riffs, blazing solos and bashing drums. There are no ballads on track 4 to save your soul. When you listen to this CD you are plunged into the depths of Slayer’s hell, the only way out is to turn your stereo off. This album was mainly responsible for the creation of death metal. This album was initially banned on release, due to its graphic nature (such lyrics as ‘Seas of blood, bury life/Smell your death as it burns’), which of course gave the band the best publicity, bad publicity, and of course contributed to the creation of death metal. This is widely considered the best thrash album of all time; the only other album to receive this accolade was Metallica’s Master of Puppets.

The record opens with ‘Angel of Death’ (4:51) with an insanely fast riff, one of the fastest that I’ve heard, which is followed by an unnatural scream by Araya. The drumming on the album is superb, mainly the double bass. This is probably the best song on the album. The slower riff in the middle shows some sense of melody by the group, a rare occasion. The lyrics are quite horrific in this song, like ‘Surgery, with no anaesthesia/Feel the knife pierce you intensely’. The solo is one huge massive shredfest by King, one of the most amazing thrash solos I’ve ever heard. Overall, a top song, and a great way to open the album.

‘Piece by Piece’ (2:02) kicks off next. After the intro, you will notice the verse sounds similar to ‘Angel of Death’. Get used to it now, or you won’t enjoy this album. Again it delves into the controversial lyrics, like ‘Bones and blood lie on the ground/Rotten limbs lie dead/Decapitated bodies found/On my wall, your head!’ The riff between verses is an onslaught, one of the fastest on the record. A great song, but unfortunately the length of it, or lack thereof, and the pace of the song, let it down, and you will be wondering where the hell the song went when it finishes.

The next song is ‘Necrophobic’ (1:40), the shortest song on the album. Like the last song, it is pretty quick and is over before you know it. I think this is a very good song. It is a high paced thrash-a-thon which will leave your neck sore, but the solo is a bit of a letdown though (at least the end bit), but the drumming is amazing. It contains splendidly horrific lyrics – ‘Experimentation, slow infection, internal decay/Execution, need transfusion, body rots away’.

The nest song, ‘Altar of Sacrifice’ (2:50), starts off simply enough; chords over a snare drum. This is quickly over though, proceeded by another riff at breakneck speed. Though the riff is quick, it is not used much (only really for the first half of the song), and it is one of the slower songs on the album. Again, like the former song, I don’t like it too much, the speed isn’t there and I don’t really like the solos much (apart from the first one).

Slayer take a break from the speed side of thrash in the next song, ‘Jesus Saves’ (2:54), and opt for a slower, killer riff saturated with distortion (even with a time signature change!). For a while, anyway. From the end of the slow bit, to the end of the song, is speed-mania, the guitar solos especially being superb in this song. I especially love the drum into the speed phrase, the (snare, snare, snare, floor tom) bit. This song had Slayer labelled as Satanists, which the band has repeatedly denied. This is another great song, one of the better ones on the album.

‘Criminally Insane’ (2:23) begins with a simple ride cymbal drum beat. It is another slow-ish song at the start, and explodes into the ‘Reign in Blood’ sound (fast riff, drum bashing). This song is one of the better ones; an unreal solo over a well-composed album, with great lyrics.

The next song is ‘Reborn’ (2:11) and it starts off like half of the other songs do: a quick riff on the guitar, with the band coming in shortly. Again, nothing really new about this song, except the fact that while Araya gives a decent effort on the vocals, and they sound splendid, he tries to fit too many words into some of the song. But he makes it sound good. A decent solo, but not really a memorable song.

‘Epidermic’ (2:23) begins with a quick drum roll, and then delves into the tested and tried method of riffs and drum pounding. Not really a bad song, but not an overly good one either. There is a very decent guitar solo in it as well.

‘Postmortem’ (3:39) kicks off with a slower, yet killer riff, one of the best on the album. And unlike other songs on the album, this song remains at the slowish speed all the way through the song. Araya’s vocals are outstanding throughout, and produces a hellish scream about halfway through the song. An awesome bridge speeds up a bit, and the ending is probably one of Slayer’s most recognisable moments, an onslaught of power chords and fast as hell lyrics.

The final song, ‘Raining Blood’ (4:02) is one of Slayer’s most recognisable songs, it was even on GTA Vice City :D Starts with an eerie storm, then a slower bit, then interchanges between speed and heavy all the way through the song, and it all fits perfectly. The solo is a total attack of the whammy, and sounds amazing. It ends with the raining at the end, a quiet way to end a great album.

Rating: one of speed’s finest albums, but it all sounds the same, and while that’s good, it can get a bit repetitive after all those listens. It is also incredibly short, at almost EP length. But, it is exceedingly good, so: 4.5/5. Get it NOW if you like thrash, if you don’t like thrash, this is a cool way to start the collection :thumb:



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brycey
February 5th 2004


205 Comments


i REALLY like a few songs on this album, so i'm going to buy to sometime.

great review. :thumb:

Scarred4Life
February 5th 2004


13 Comments


Awesome review for an awesome album. I personally prefer seasons in the abyss over Reign In Blood, since Reign is SO short. Thats pretty much the only real downside.

RollerQueen
February 5th 2004


209 Comments


Hilarious that you review this just after that sicness character called you a "punk-head" in that Slipknot album thread. Good review, good music, just not my cup of tea.

manuscriptreplica
February 6th 2004


431 Comments


^^^ i know lol what the **** was he thinking? i had a good laugh also

TheHandOfone
February 6th 2004


5 Comments


one of the best ....i agree it was alittle short ...but its impact on metal in general is undeniable..

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 6th 2004


2125 Comments


That's the thing I hate about Slayer. They do everything in fast foward. That and their violent lyrics.

Scarred4Life
February 6th 2004


13 Comments


^^^Thats pretty much the entire point of "speed metal" thus the "speed"

Raijo
February 6th 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]That's the thing I hate about Slayer. They do everything in fast foward. That and their violent lyrics.[/QUOTE]
Which brings me to an interesting but rather irrevelant discussion I had with my guitar teacher. He is a mostly blues and funk player and admittedly is no big fan of metal, so I asked him if he'd heard of Slayer and his reply was yes. If he had heard, "Angel of Death," and told of him of how bloody fast it was. I said they probably put their picks at a slight angle so as to pick that fast and at about that time he started telling me a story.

Apparently he had met a guy who had recorded or been there during the recording process of one of Slayer's albums and anyway, this guy started playing really fast on his guitar. My guitar teacher was amazed and asked him how he was playing so fast and the guy replied, "Dued I'm just doing this," while showing him how he was striking random strings and fretting random frets as fast as he could.

At about this point I interrupted him and said, "Are you comparing a Slayer song to self-indulgent unregimented guitar wanking?" His shameless reply was, "Yes." I found that kind of funny.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 7th 2004


2125 Comments


[QUOTE=Scarred4Life]^^^Thats pretty much the entire point of "speed metal" thus the "speed"[/QUOTE]

I know, but it makes the album so short. That is my gripe.

TheUnavoidable
February 8th 2004


16 Comments


[QUOTE=Raijo]
At about this point I interrupted him and said, "Are you comparing a Slayer song to self-indulgent unregimented guitar wanking?" His shameless reply was, "Yes." I found that kind of funny.[/QUOTE]

Have you listened to a slayer solo?

IMO, they both write piss poor solos. But the album is great.

Toozey
February 8th 2004


77 Comments


Slayer have some great solos but they also lots of **** ones.

Great Review too :thumb:

Raijo
February 8th 2004


24 Comments


[QUOTE=TheUnavoidable]Have you listened to a slayer solo?

IMO, they both write piss poor solos. But the album is great.[/QUOTE]
I was talking more about the rhythm part.

Squirrel
February 8th 2004


74 Comments


This is a very high quality album, one of the ones i keep listeneing to years after i bought it. However i dont agree with you in saying *The solo is a total attack of the whammy, and sounds amazing.* because that solo sounds absolute crap to my ears.

LordDargon
February 10th 2004


165 Comments


Kerry King – Lead Guitars
Jeff Hanneman – Rhythm Guitars
Tom Araya – Bass, Vocals
Dave Lombardo – Drums


King and Hanneman share lead and rhythm.

The solo is one huge massive shredfest by King, one of the most amazing thrash solos I’ve ever heard.


Again, both King AND Hanneman get to solo here. They trade rythm/lead duties I think 4 times during the solo.

You should have let me take care of this review since I am the RiB king. Besides it deserves a 5.5/5 not a 4.5/5

manuscriptreplica
February 11th 2004


431 Comments


i am sorry fellow titan of thrash member :lol: i am not worthy!!! anyway, i put king as lead because he solos more ( i think ) you can still do a review anyway. and its 4.5/5 becuase its so short - the music itself is definately a 5/5.

how did you find out they change solo and rhythm parts? ive never heard of this before.

thrash forever! :p keep doing thrash reviews LordDargon, and soon everyone will love thrash.

LordDargon
February 11th 2004


165 Comments


Manu: First of all, just listen to Angel of Death. You can hear the changes in tone and style during the solo, it's obvious 2 different people are playing. If you want hard proof, Click Here

It says [LEADS: HANNEMAN, KING, HANNEMAN, KING, HANNEMAN] And if you listen to the song, that is exactly the order in which the styles of playing change. :thumb:

LordDargon
February 11th 2004


165 Comments


OH and as for the length, well don't you agree all of the songs except Postmortem and Raining Blood all sound similar? If it was any longer it would eventually get boring. The length is perfect. Definite 5/5, more if it was possible.

manuscriptreplica
February 11th 2004


431 Comments


ok cool. i didnt need that proof though lol, i believe you.

most of the songs DO sound the same, i mentioned that somewhere in the review. however! $26 or whatever it is that i paid for reign in blood is a tad expensive when you only get about 29 minutes of music. so i stand by 4.5/5. if it had say 13 songs or so, or had more songs the length of raining blood and angel of death, a definate 5/5. it is a classic even at that length, and a CD every thrash lover should own.

DimebagDarrell
April 1st 2004


65 Comments


Reign In Blood a milestone for thrash from the thrash pioneers i love this album tho i prefer seasons in the abyss you cannot the deny the impact this album had on bands around today. great album great review

Hot Rats
April 3rd 2004


13 Comments


This is a great album!!!!



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