Slayer
Reign in Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 8th, 2006 | 90 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


HISTORY
Slayer, one of the better bands in the thrash-metal genre of all time, the band has been a big influence to many death-metal bands and extreme bands in general. The band is known for their aggressive sound, their lyrics which often contains stuff as war, blood and gore, creatures from hell and other occult themes. Slayer was one of few metal bands that kept their own sound through times when bands like Anthrax and Metallica started to be affected by the mainstream. Slayer was formed in 1982 and back then the band was playing covers of heavy-metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but the band suddenly moved their music into the extremes and became of of the worlds most well-known bands in the world of metal.

ALBUM INFORMATION
This album is considered to be Slayer's yet best album, which is also considered to be a milestone in the metal history, and this album is called ''Reign In Blood''. Though I haven't heard all the albums they have made so far but this album really was something special. The album concentrates on the speed, evil lyrics, furious and heavy guitar work, machine-gun drumming and ''occult, religious'' vocal work. The overall sound production is very good, the only thing that is too low in this album is the bass, but we will move on to the next step in this review now if you want to know more about this ''thrash-classic''.

BAND MEMBERS
Starting with the frontman Tom Araya, the vocalist and bassist of this band. Tom's vocals might be one-of-a-kind vocal style, I think that this sounds more like some sort of preaching and not singing but it sounds good. His vocals are not overdone or to weak, the vocals helps to build the unique and evil atmosphere that surrounds the band, the ''vocals'' are strong, quite sinister and it sounds like Tom really is preaching. But the bass is too bad, the bass is almost non-existent. The only clear instruments you can hear are the drums and the two guitars, I love the bass myself but I don't know how this would've sounded like if the bass was louder, but who cares. The bass does not make any standout performances, it goes along with the rhythm sections. The guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman might not be excellent guitarists but they do know how to handle the guitars. The guitar work is great in this album, the guitars sounds quite strong and powerful, the riffs in some of the songs are though pretty unique in my opinion but we will come to that part later. The guitar solos were no real highlight solos though, the solos are most of the times very chaotic, they are played in fast paces and the catchiness-level is not high though. Dave Lombardo is the drummer here, the drums are great in this album. The patterns are fast, heavy and has a good variety. The fast patterns creates the energy in the songs and make them interesting and catchy.

TRACK INFORMATION
The album starts with Angel Of Death, a fast song which enters with fast shredding. The drums enters later and later Tom delivers a scream which is high-pitched at the beginning but later turns into a agony-based sound. The song is quite catchy, the guitars has a good variety of riffs and shredding in this song which is great. But the solos are unfortunatly not that great, good album opener. Piece By Piece starts off with variated and fast guitar work along with rhythmic drum beats. The song gets thrashier which means that the instruments gets faster, the songs might not be so catchy or heavy but the musicianship is good though. Necrophobic goes out in the same spirit but this one is even faster, a real thrash-attack. The song is intensive all the way, the solos are very high-pitched and chaotic, and Tom delivers some variety in his vocal work. Altar Of Sacrifice starts with a ''marching'' and short intro, this song also transforms to a thrash-attack. The pace is very intensive, the song changes its pattern after a while though with a calmer section with quick vocal work. A bit catchy but not so heavy, but it is still a good song though. Jesus Saves starts with a slower intro made by power chords I guess, the drums enters later in a slower pattern. The guitars later starts to play some sweet triplet riffs, a moment later the song turns up its pace with very fast shredding and pounding drums. The guitar solos are once again very chaotic, high-pitched and fast, sorry but these solos are not so good but the song is pretty catchy though.

Criminally Insane starts with slow heavy drumbeats and fast high-hat tapping, the guitars enters with catchy shredding. The aggressive vocals enters and the song gets a power boost and goes high-speed, the solos sounds like the previous once but these might be some of the better solos though. The song has some catchy moments and it feels a bit heavy too, the vocals is some of the best on the album because they sound more like singing than speaking. Reborn enters with heavy and somewhat technical intro riffing along with heavy drumbeats. Also this song goes berserk with quick/rushed vocals and with a very intensive pace, but the song is slightly catchy and the vocals are also pretty good here. Epidmic starts with some quick drum rolls, the intensive shredding enters later and the drums does the same. The pace is fast but it still feels a bit calmer than the previous tracks, the song is quite heavy and catchy. But it reminds you of the other tracks though, most because of the fast song pattern and the crazy guitar solos. Postmortem starts with a slow intro with half-catchy intro riffiing, the song gets later very catchy when the fast and rhythmic drumming enters. The shredding guitars are equally as catchy as the drumming, the song is heavy and the vocals are well balanced, mixed with yell screams and dark vocal work. One of my favorit tracks though. Raining Blood, the triumph card in this album. It starts with a quick burst by all instruments, you can hear rain is pouring down, sudden drumbeats is played, thunder blasts are also heard along with eerie guitar effects. The riffing enters with their spooky feel and the fast drumbeats follows, the song goes berserk for a while when the speed is turned up. The pattern changes and becomes heavier and slower, here comes the best part when the classic sound of Slayer emerges. The guitars are very creepy, evil and heavy, riffs that you will remember. The song is fast and slow, the catchiness-level is high and the instrumental variety is great.

MY CONCLUSION
This stuff was great, now I have the complete thrash-collection with this album. I'm not a big fan of Slayer but I have heard everywhere that this album is great both from friends, media, internet and so on. And I have to agree, maybe not my style of thrash but I liked the unique sound that Slayer has, many death-metal bands and extreme bands in genral will never express evil or darkness in the way that Slayer did on this album and other albums as well. I will recommend this to all thrashers out there, I bet that there will be at least one or two songs on this album that will stick into your head. This is now my favorite Slayer album yet thats for sure. I hope this album has been a good guidance and I hope you had a good time while reading this review.

PROS
+ The atmosphere of evil, darkness and occult themes can only be best displayed by Slayer
+ The haunting and spooky riffs made the material very interesting
+ The drumming kept up the energy in all of the songs
+ The variety in the vocal work was very good, not the same deal all the way
+ Good life-span of the songs

CONS
- The guitar solos were not of high-quality
- Some songs had too familiar song structures (repetitive warning)

The final overall album rating will be a strong 4.5/5 (still very close to a 5/5 though)



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south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea thats right Deth! Welcome to the wonderful, magical world of Slayer

I love this album. I wanted to give it a 5, but the song-structure is nearly the same...

Great review

BTW...head over to www.myspace.com/slayer and you can listen to their whole new album right now. Check it yo.This Message Edited On 08.08.06

Confessed2005
August 8th 2006


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album to DEATH

Great review.



Dethtrasher
August 8th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do you mean Christ Illusion?

south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2006


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea Deth. That's what I mean, they have their whole new album, 'Christ Illusion' up on their myspace. Full length. Go check it out.
I'm bout to go listen to this album...

MisterPilgrim
August 8th 2006


233 Comments


Okay review. Good writing I suppose, but I don't like the format.

wannabeguitarist
August 8th 2006


15 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Raining Blood is a fucking beast

gigi666
August 8th 2006


257 Comments


Nice review as usual but i dont consider this is classic... + its much 2 short

bicepman4000
August 9th 2006


246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Angel of Death, Postmortem, and of course Raining Blood are 3 of my all time favourite heavy songs, let alone Slayer songs!
That Raining Blood riff before the slow part is the teeth of the monster!

Pete
August 10th 2006


189 Comments


Worst written review ever? Quite possibly. It's a real chore reading through this crap when every single sentence starts with "The guitars..." or "The vocals...". You do realize that it's not a grammatical rule to have every sentence start with "the", right? In fact, it makes it nigh unreadable.

Good album, though.

Dethtrasher
August 10th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah? How many sentences starts with a 'the'. Every single sentence, in my a**.

Pete
August 10th 2006


189 Comments


His vocals are not overdone or to weak, the vocals helps to build the unique and evil atmosphere that surrounds the band, the ''vocals'' are strong, quite sinister and it sounds like Tom really is preaching.

Okay, you start one with "His vocals", then continue the sentence with "the vocals", then repeat "the vocals". You do the same thing with the guitars in the same paragraph;
The guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman might not be excellent guitarists but they do know how to handle the guitars. [b]The guitar work is great in this album, the guitars sounds quite strong and powerful, the riffs in some of the songs are though pretty unique in my opinion but we will come to that part later. The guitar solos were no real highlight solos though, the solos are most of the times very chaotic, they are played in fast paces and the catchiness-level is not high though.

"The guitarists", then "The guitar work" - run on to "the riffs", start the next one with "The guitar solos" and continue the same sentence with "the solos". Here are some more;
The pace is fast but it still feels a bit calmer than the previous tracks, the song is quite heavy and catchy.

The aggressive vocals enters and the song gets a power boost and goes high-speed, the solos sounds like the previous once but these might be some of the better solos though. The song has some catchy moments and it feels a bit heavy too, the vocals is some of the best on the album because they sound more like singing than speaking.

The album concentrates on the speed, evil lyrics, furious and heavy guitar work, machine-gun drumming and ''occult, religious'' vocal work. The overall sound production is very good, the only thing that is too low in this album is the bass

The riffing enters with their spooky feel and the fast drumbeats follows, the song goes berserk for a while when the speed is turned up. The pattern changes and becomes heavier and slower, here comes the best part when the classic sound of Slayer emerges. The guitars are very creepy, evil and heavy, riffs that you will remember. The song is fast and slow, the catchiness-level is high and the instrumental variety is great.

Epidmic starts with some quick drum rolls, the intensive shredding enters later and the drums does the same. The pace is fast but it still feels a bit calmer than the previous tracks, the song is quite heavy and catchy.
This Message Edited On 08.10.06

Pete
August 10th 2006


189 Comments


I could quote more, but I see no reason since one could just as easily scroll up to your botch-job of a reivew. Seriously, if someone I met in real life spoke like this ("The weather is nice, the sky is free of coulds, the humidity is pretty nice, the blueness to the sky is sweet, the weather will probably be good for the rest of the week, the weather forecast said there's a 5% chance for rain, the weather girl is hot, the weather men was a 60' underground organisation") I'd seriously punch them in the face.
I don't usually come down on people's reviews, but it's seems like you just stapled together every impression you got from listening to this album, as opposed to actually writing a fluent text that one might be compelled to read.

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 10th 2006


721 Comments


Why would you want to punch a meteorologist in the face?

Pete
August 10th 2006


189 Comments


BECAUSE THATS HOW FARKING METAL I AM, DAWG


meteorology killed my dog

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2006


17941 Comments


Slayer has probably the worst lyrics of all time.

MisterPilgrim
August 10th 2006


233 Comments


Slayer has probably the worst lyrics of all time.


Without a doubt. Criminally Insane is atrocious.


Dethtrasher
August 11th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Worst lyrics? Slayer? Have you even heard bands like Cannibal Corpse and stuff like that, what metal band has the perfect lyrics would you tell me?

LaVozDormida
August 16th 2006


75 Comments


Dude, he listens to Good Charlotte.

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 16th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dude, he listens to Good Charlotte.


That has no relevance at all. The point is Slayer has shitty lyrics, which they do.

Dethtrasher
August 16th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea, and the other bands has brilliant lyrics compared to Slayer...



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