Slayer
Reign in Blood


3.5
great

Review

by Kane Cooper USER (6 Reviews)
August 9th, 2009 | 83 replies | 5,632 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Slayer have never been metal's poster boys but they've become somewhat synonymous with the genre, to the extent that even the most musically ignorant of people have likely stumbled across their name. Indeed, 1986 album ‘Reign in Blood’ is one of the defining moments of the eighties thrash metal scene and sparked their rise to fame. With Metallica and Megadeth focused on adding depth to their sound and Anthrax seemingly uncertain with what direction to take, Slayer took advantage by releasing the darkest, heaviest and most punishing album they could, tearing the music industry a new a-hole in the process.

Fusing speed metal with their hardcore influences the album refuses to let up for the duration of its 29 minute play time. Each track is a whirlwind of aggressive double bass drumming and breakneck speed guitar work with vocalist Tom Araya barking lyrics through the chaos. Whilst he refuses to change up his delivery through the entirety of 'Reign in Blood' (let alone his whole career), the front man really spits out lyrics such as 'You spend your life just kissing ass/
A trait thats grown as time has passed
' with vindictive pleasure. With every song being so similar you could imagine the album becoming monotonous but the sheer relentlessness of the tracks combined with the infectious guitar licks and graphically violent lyrics keep the listener on his/her toes. Hanneman and King’s dual guitar solos are famous for being wildly chaotic; ‘Raining Blood’ in particular, we hear a solo that somewhat resembles the screech of a hundred dying cats or worse. It’s this closer plus opener ‘Angel of Death’ that are the standout tracks of the album both ranking amongst the bands most celebrated and having become staples of the live set. Thematically, Slayer cover topics such as death, genocide, Nazism, Satanism, suicide, warfare, necrophilia and religion which to this day has caused controversy amongst the public, particularly the aforementioned ‘Angel of Death’ - a song falsely criticised for condoning the acts of Josef Mengele (a doctor who conducted human experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp).

More hard hitting and downright heavier than any release by the other members of ‘the big four’; Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, ‘Reign in Blood’ ignited a flame amongst a metal community looking for the next evolution of the music they held dear and cemented their future legacy in place.



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Roach
August 9th 2009



2149 Comments


'But this has been reviewed to death yada yada...' I don't give a shit.

Roach
August 9th 2009



2149 Comments


eeurgh this needs editing that's what i get for writing a review at 4 in the morning

myhigherpie
August 9th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is exactly like the album. short, easy to read, and to the point.

AtavanHalen
August 10th 2009



17927 Comments


SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYERRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Transient
August 10th 2009



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slayer have never been metals poster boys

should be metal's

refuses to let up for the duration of it’s 29 minute play time

should be its

illmitch
August 10th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is overrated, only good songs are the first and last...tbh i think your review kinda reflects that fact too.

illmitch
August 10th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i got into it when i was 14 and angsty and just discovered that thrash metal existed

illmitch
August 10th 2009



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i liked that when i just discovered thrash existed too

ive moved onto greener and eliter pastures

rasputin
August 10th 2009



14516 Comments


album rulez

KILL
August 10th 2009



70543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ALBUM RULES

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

FadeToBlack
August 10th 2009



10913 Comments


I might lower more rating to a 4.5 tbh

edit: holy shit my thrash section has turned from blue to green wtf

Roach
August 10th 2009



2149 Comments


Look how many reviews there are for this album.


Did you neg me for this reason? Lol.

Phantom
August 10th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh, so you did review it. Good one Stanley

ConorMichaelJoseph
August 10th 2009



1870 Comments


Album is quite awesomesauce

BallsToTheWall
August 10th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uh oh the sputnik police are out again... discouraging people to review what they want. Who cares if it's been done 10 times.

Jesuslaves
August 10th 2009



4655 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jesus Saves is just as good as Angel Of Death or Raining Blood.

KILL
August 10th 2009



70543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

as if!

FadeToBlack
August 10th 2009



10913 Comments


not quite. tbh I prefer Postmortem to Raining Blood, but w/e

Jesuslaves
August 10th 2009



4655 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Angel Of Death
Jesus Saves
Raining Blood
Epidemic
Criminally Insane
Necrophobic
Postmortem
Piece By Piece
Altar Of Sacrifice
Reborn

-Reign In Blood awesome scale from most to least

Roach
August 10th 2009



2149 Comments


I agree that 'Jesus Saves' is one of the better tracks but I still prefer 'Angel of Death' and 'Raining Blood'.

Also this made me laugh a lot.

oh, so you did review it. Good one Stanley





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