Slayer
Reign in Blood


3.0
good

Review

by LaughingSkull USER (34 Reviews)
June 5th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's OK.

Most people will tell you that Reign in Blood was and is one of the most influential metal albums of all time. And they'd be correct.

Unfortunately, that was actually a quite undesirable influence.

Taking a look back at 1986, I can imagine exactly what people were thinking upon their first spin of the record. The moment the final torrents of raining blood ceased to fall, they said to themselves: "This is it?? This is all that's required to be successful?!"
And so, inspired by the promise of easy success, a whole new generation of metal bands came to the rise, whose style included the ability to come up with infinite permutations of E-string tremolo riffs and...

...

yeah..


..Anyway, a few bands did make it work and did put out some decent records with actually distinct songs on them. As for the hordes of other bands, I value my time and taste in music, so I didn't exercise the effort to listen closely and try to figure out which two notes in their songs differ. And neither should anyone. So yeah, ultimately Reign in Blood branched mostly into short-lived evolutionary cul-de-sacs which no one cool cares about.

The album in itself, not regarding the legacy it left, is decent. With a lot of boring and annoying filler, but still decent. Good songs are the closing 3-4 punch of "Postmortem" (those triplets...) + "Raining Blood" (in Slayer's top 3 songs for sure), as well as "Jesus Saves", whose verse riff is absolutely the tastiest nastiest meanest riff in thrash. And, with some hesitation, "Angel of Death". The rest is disposable, except for "Reborn", which is worth noticing due to the fact that it's the Slayer song with the best lyrics; its music doesn't impress, though.
("Raining Blood" holds the honor of being the first metal song to actually scare me, in a very... sweet and thrilling way. So there's the emotional link for me as well.)

Often you can hear the claim that this album should only be looked at as one coherent whole, and not piece by piece (pun unintended), but really, that's a terrible excuse for the half of it that just plain sucks.



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macadoolahicky
June 5th 2012


1835 Comments


"I can imagine exactly what people were thinking upon their first spin of the record. The moment the final torrents of raining blood ceased to fall, they said to themselves: "This is it?? This is all that's required to be successful?!""

I think that's what YOU thought

Review is pretty bad

BigPleb
June 5th 2012


37587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review feels kinda rushed and doesn't really mirror the rating.

TBliss2
June 5th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Review is incorrect

JViney
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2012


322 Comments


Aside from the fact that the last thing music criticism needs is more words about Reign In Blood, the 'Good' rating belies the fact you just rubbished this record.

Ovrot
June 5th 2012


10553 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good album

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south_of_heaven 11
June 5th 2012


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bro great review bro

ThroneOfAgony
June 5th 2012


3485 Comments


whose verse riff is absolutely the tastiest nastiest meanest riff in thrash.

TimeToDie
June 5th 2012


62 Comments


This review sucked balls. It pretty much boiled down to "The album sucked, the good songs are:" without any explanation why the bad songs are bad.

jopower
June 5th 2012


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am not a fan of Slayer, but this album is solid.

Graveyard
June 6th 2012


5807 Comments


"this album should only be looked at as one coherent whole, and not piece by piece (pun unintended), but really, that's a terrible excuse for the half of it that just plain sucks."

holy fucking shit

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KILL
June 6th 2012


72090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

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SaneTBP
June 6th 2012


1787 Comments


"And so, inspired by the promise of easy success, a whole new generation of metal bands came to the rise, whose style included the ability to come up with infinite permutations of E-string tremolo riffs and...

...

yeah.."

Hahaha

Have a pos for that sentence

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SpiritCrusher2
June 6th 2012


3248 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ugh

TheNotrap
June 6th 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off





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thumbcrusher
June 6th 2012


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review is inaccurate.

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ViperAces
June 6th 2012


12485 Comments


If you dont like this you dont like Thrash

Wizard
June 6th 2012


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could care less about how you rate this, but not having the slightest clue as to understanding how people felt about this back in 1986 to justify your rating is retarded. That's like me saying "I think people hated Black Sabbath when they dropped their s/t because I think this album is mediocre." You probably weren't even born until around 1995 so....

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ViperAces
June 6th 2012


12485 Comments


Btw its slayer day today so fuck you.

stabbler
June 6th 2012


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You probably weren't even born until around 1995 [2]

DeadBeat
June 6th 2012


529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules from beginning to end



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