Slayer
Reign in Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
May 18th, 2012 | 28 replies | 2,637 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How fucking heavy can you get

3 of 6 thought this review was well written

Imagine you were in 1986. The year of Peace Sells, Master Of Puppets and various other thrash metal landmarks. But you do not wish to stay with traditional thrash, for you are Slayer, renowned as being the most evil, disgusting, brutal, cruel band out there. You are the band who released the controversial Show No Mercy and the even more controversial Hell Awaits, albums that many families banned from their homes, on the grounds that their satanic content could damage children's morality. What do you do?

The answer is you release ***ing Reign In Blood, something that took most the aspects that made Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits so well known, and amplified them ten fold. The controversial lyrics? You show Slayer Hell Awaits, they show you Angel Of Death. The speed? You show Slayer Antichrist, they show you Necrophobic. The controversy? You show Slayer Necrophiliac, they show you ***ing Raining Blood. Now do you see the picture. If not, maybe the tracks will convince you.

1. Angel Of Death- Starting strong, with a fantastic technical opening riff, that is straight away balls out heavy and sets the atmosphere for both the song and the rest of the album. Then add in Tom Araya, with THAT high pitched scream, and the most graphic lyrics written to date. However, you really do not get this songs genius until it slows down before the solo's. Here is where the best riffs found in this song are played, and here is the most disgusting lyrics. Sheer genius, and the solo merely add to that. 5/5

2. Piece By Piece- What the *** is "modulistic" terror? That was actually my FINAL thought on this song, after the tornado of riffs that picks you up and hurls you away had passed. This song is fast, brutal, and evil, similar to the past song. I think you are beginning to see the template on this album by now. Evil, cruel, nasty, disgusting, vile. Those are the five top words you would find in a survey if you were to ask what this album represented. Fantastic. 4.5/5

3. Necrophobic- The shortest, fastest, heaviest song on the album, and possibly the heaviest song that had ever been written at the time. Araya spits his lyrics out at the same speed as Busta Rhymes on this track. However, as Angel Of Death proved, the speed isn't always the best side, and this song therefore comes off as feeling rather average when compared to the better tracks of the album. 3/5

4. Altar Of Sacrifice- Unfortunately, we have reached a bit of a weak side to the album, in that this song does nothing that has not already been done thrice over on this album, and it is beginning to get a little boring. Sure, it is good, but not THAT good. 3.5/5

5. Jesus Saves- Starting off a lot softer, this builds up until it explodes, and from there, every bit of blaspheme imaginable is thrown at the listener, and you have to just marvel at it. This is another special song, combining incredibly riff work with sheer insanity in the vocal department. Brilliance perfected. 4/5

6. Criminally Insane- Another one that starts off a little slower before exploding, this and Altar Of Sacrifice have at least a LITTLE variation in them, which makes them great to listen to, and this song is the better of the two. This track picks up, and from there never lets go. 4.5/5

7. Reborn- "i will be rebooorrrnnn" shrieks Araya in another great, heavy song. This is another of the fastest numbers, but this one has a little more substance to it than tracks 3 and 4, and that is what makes this a higher scoring song. Araya is the high point of this song, easily. 4.5/5

8. Epidemic- This is Dave Lombardo's swansong, containing an AMAZING drum into, that he would never match on and of the albums to follow. No matter how intense the drumming on Raining Blood, War Ensemble, or any of the other names you want to throw out there is, it can not compare to the opening fill. Other than that, i always find this is a rather average song, and am therefore forced to give it a 4. 4/5

9. Postmortem- Starting off slow, this contains the slowest moments on the album, but is also one of the better tracks on the album, FOR this variation. It builds up for a while, before exploding into a section at the end that can only be matched in speed by Necrophobic and the solo section to Raining Blood. "do you wanna die". 5/5

10. Raining Blood- If you don't know the main riff to this song, what ***ing rock have you been hiding under? An amazing song, this is some of the tightest riffwork on the album, and Dave Lombardo's intensity during the solo is insane. However, once again, the slowest section is the highlight. "Your time slips uh-way" shouts Tom Araya, and you have to stop to wonder how he gets his lung power. 5/5

So, an album that blazes past in half an hour, this is one of the most intense slices of thrash metal you will ever hear, and never lets up in the intensity even when it slows down. Sheer brilliance.



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ZedO
May 18th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Reign in Blood is one of the most influential thrash metal albums!

Wow, System only gave this a 2.5! what's wrong, Brother? This stuff will make your banging even harder
and faster, haha...

ThroneOfAgony
May 18th 2012



3485 Comments


Yeah a lot of people disliked this album, I kind of agree though. It felt like the same thing over and over and over and over again to me

Okay review, track by tracks are a nuisance here but I guess if you like to write them it's fine......

Piglet
May 18th 2012



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just one of those albums you can't afford to be overly critical about

DeadBeat
May 18th 2012



529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Blasphemy

pacedown
May 18th 2012



174 Comments


the introduction made me feel like i'm in a boxing ring.
the more i read the more i put my frown on and on.

+ does anyone listen something other than this album.
enough reviewed

TBliss2
May 18th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best thrash album of allllll time

Piglet
May 18th 2012



4651 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

besides rust in peace

TBliss2
May 18th 2012



504 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very close second for me.

BigPleb
May 18th 2012



33892 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is true brutality, not their best but still owns face.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

ZedO
May 18th 2012



1096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

TheBigLebowski@ This is true brutality

Agreed with it. It's one among slayer best albums

skeletorissatan@ i just prefer to write them like that so i can look at each track individually

It's okay, you know exactly what approach you're comfortable with
keep it up, man. Pos

TheNotrap
May 18th 2012



7971 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thrash masterpiece.

Angel of Death is one of the best metal songs ever released.

SpiritCrusher2
May 18th 2012



2873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Angel of Death is probably the best thrash metal song ever m/

DeadBeat
May 18th 2012



529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude Tornado Of Souls and Hangar 18

Inveigh
May 18th 2012



24752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Battery and My Last Words are probably my top 2

agent502
May 18th 2012



188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the first two albums are better than this

ValeriusTheAlbino
May 18th 2012



158 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Angel of Death...come on guys...the best cut here is Raining Blood. hehe

SpiritCrusher2
May 18th 2012



2873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all 5/5 songs, but Angel just slays them IMO

"except for one track at the end, I honestly can't remember the name of it"

somebody kill this guy please

SpiritCrusher2
May 19th 2012



2873 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have a drum cover of RIP Polaris on youtube haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86UUZAuIOCA

it was recorded last summer, I could play it much better now

HitlerIsADeity
May 24th 2012



199 Comments


terribad review.

RiffOOOClock
May 24th 2012



6 Comments


wow this is a shit band have you guys even heard of metallica



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