Slayer
Reign in Blood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
August 16th, 2006 | 894 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist


Beware of bleeding corpses and sacred souls begging violently for mercy as extreme metal unveils 30 minutes of its most unbridled thrash metal within. Seasoned warrior drop to their knees by the mere mention of its name and small children explode by stepping within miles of it. Its sound causes women to be subject to mental insanity and spontaneous abortions. Priests from worldwide flock to its resonance to perform exorcisms in desperation, but to no avail. Blood seeps from every orifice of every unsuspecting victim who travels within earshot of it. Hearts beat furiously to keep up with its furious pace causing uncontrollable heart failure. The solos defile virgins while the harsh vocals sodomize all that is decent and good. Yes my friends, this is Reign in Blood, a testament to extreme metal’s progression into sheer brutality as well as an undeniable thrash metal classic.

Due to Reign in Blood’s high punk influence, songs are lightning fast, often containing little or no repetition or predictable structure. Because of this, the album flows seamlessly from one song to another forming one solid half hour of thrash. 30 minutes is short for any genre of music, but rest assured that your neck will never get such a rigorous thirty-minute workout anywhere else. Heads bang uncontrollably while Reign in Blood plays from the opening pounding of Angel of Death to the demonic sound of rain closing Raining Blood. In between, listeners are treated to some of the fastest, most aggressive riffs and drumming ever heard in metal. Solos shred beyond the lifespan of any cheese. Necrophobi, clocking in at a mere 1:40, along with Jesus Saves, define speed in music at a chaotic level. Going beyond the sheer extremities of the music, the two heavy metal classics on the album coupled with tracks such as Reborn and the mid-paced songs Piece by Piece and Postmortem deliver catchy, listenable thrash riffgasms without sacrificing an ounce of aggression.

The band itself was (and in recent times has gathered together once again) comprised of now legendary metal musicians and songwriters. Fronted by Tom Araya, Slayer features some of the most distinguishable and unique thrash shouts ever. Hell hath no fury like Tom Araya screaming “Angel of Death; Monarch to the kingdom of the dead” or “My sinful glare at nothing holds thoughts of death behind it; Skeletons in my mind commence tearing at my sanity”. Needless to say, Slayer lyrics are 90” violence and hatred and 10% Jesus Saves-style religious dispute. While adding the notorious voice of Slayer, Araya also adds the basslines, a feature that too often goes unnoticed in Slayer’s chaotic buffet of death. Backing Araya is the guitar duo of Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, a twosome that knows no musical bounds. It would take an intense amount of musical insanity to match the speed of Angel of Death’s riffs – the brutality and catchiness are a prerequisite on Reign in Blood. To add further lunacy and sadism to Reign in Blood, Hanneman and King trade off solos in nearly every song, solidifying themselves as some of metal’s most potent and unruly shredders. See Necrophobic and Criminally Insane (to name a mere few) for details. Finally, the drums. Oh, the drums. Dave Lombardo was ahead of his time as a metal drummer, as he produced some of the fastest thrash and blast beats one could possibly hear in 1986. There’s no point in singling out songs as Lombardo delivers a full body percussive assault for a solid half hour.

For anyone interested in thrash metal, let alone the extreme form of it displayed here, Reign in Blood is an absolute must. It is obvious that the album has stood the test of time since it has been two full decades since its release and metalheads still hail it a thrash classic. Classic, it is indeed in every sense of the word. Thrash metal really came together as an unstoppable force thanks to Slayer and this is the pinnacle of their sound. The production and songwriting took a clear-cut step forward from the undeveloped Hell Awaits. Had it not been for the severe lack of length, this album would never deserve anything less than a perfect score. But as it stands, Reign in Blood is a demonstration of sadistic violence set to music with the talent to match.

Summary:
- EXTREME thrash metal
- Excessive speeds make the album short but seet
- Damn fine riffs and solos with evil thrash vocals
- A damn thrash classic!

Recommended tracks:
As the entire album is like a solid slab of thrash metal, it’s nearly impossible to single out songs, but Angel of Death and Raining Blood are completely indispensable.



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metallicaman8
August 16th 2006


4677 Comments


Again, Nice work.

ChrisAdlerisGod
August 16th 2006


474 Comments


I thought you didnt like Slayer ShadowsFallen??

The 1st paragraph is probably the best on this site. I laughed out loud. Its a true description of what Slayer is.This Message Edited On 08.16.06

SCREAM!
August 16th 2006


10208 Comments


*bows down to the great ShadowsFallen*

Shadows
Moderator
August 16th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=ChrisAdlerisGod]I thought you didnt like Slayer ShadowsFallen??[/QUOTE]
I used to dislike thrash as a whole, but recently my taste has changed. I've been listening to a lot of Slayer lately among other thrash bands. I guess I just grew to like it.

And by the way, the new Lamb of God album is awesome. ;)

metallicaman8
August 16th 2006


4677 Comments


[quote=SF]I used to dislike thrash as a whole, but recently my taste has changed. I've been listening to a lot of Slayer lately among other thrash bands. I guess I just grew to like it.[/quote]

It's about time you realized how great thrash is . Have been getting into any other of older thrash bands? I.E Metallica, Megadeth etc.

francesfarmer
August 16th 2006


1477 Comments


Nice job, excellent intro. Really good intro. I may have to quote it and place it as my bio. But overall this was a great job, and I truly despise this band.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I could rape and pillage to that intro.

Shadows
Moderator
August 16th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm glad you all liked the intro. :p

[QUOTE=metallicaman8]It's about time you realized how great thrash is . Have been getting into any other of older thrash bands? I.E Metallica, Megadeth etc[/QUOTE]
Oh yeah. Megadeth will take some time to grow on me, but I've always been a big fan of classic Metallica.

south_of_heaven 11
August 16th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I used to dislike thrash as a whole, but recently my taste has changed. I've been listening to a lot of Slayer lately among other thrash bands. I guess I just grew to like it.

Your welcome.
Excellent, excellent review. Great job. I too, love the intro.
SLAYER!

Thor
August 16th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All hail this album. You should have rated it much higher though, as it is one of the most influential albums in metal history.

south_of_heaven 11
August 16th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=Wise Man Thor]All hail this album. You should have rated it much higher though, as it is one of the most influential albums in metal history.[/quote]

[quote=Shadows]A damn thrash classic![/quote]

You gave it a 4 Shadows, yet you call it a 'damn thrash classic'. I am rather confused by you right now...I didn't feel the need to bring this up till after I saw that Thor thought the same...This Message Edited On 08.16.06

Thor
August 16th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm confused by this as well. You might as well just rate this a 5, seeing as how your review just raves about it. But hey, it should.

This should also be the default review for this album now.

south_of_heaven 11
August 16th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

/ups rating to 5
Yeup. I feel horrible not giving this a 5. Screw same song format and such, after popping this in 30 minutes ago, I'm ready to go after Hulk Hogan and whoop him.

Thor
August 16th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I was always puzzled about that. Our site's biggest Slayer fan not giving their best album the rating it deserved. Glad to see that you've finally done what needed to be done.

south_of_heaven 11
August 16th 2006


5436 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thats probably cause I always wanted to approach each album unbiased and stuff. So I'd always say "Oh well, I cant give this that high of a rating cause everything molds together", just to not sound too fanboyish. I had to hold in the pain of giving this a '4.5', but I just couldn't anymore. A '5' was needed...
But 'South of Heaven' is their best. It owns me/completes me

Shadows
Moderator
August 16th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm pretty conservative with my 5's. Also, I love long albums and songs, and this was quite the opposite. "Classic" really isn't a good way to describe a perfect score. This album is undoubtedly a classic, but I wouldn't give it a personal perfect score. 5/5 albums for me have to have a borderline lifechanging effect on me. But who knows. With the way things are going, I may be giving this a 5. ;) I'm glad you guys dig the review.

Cantar
August 17th 2006


149 Comments


Pretty Decent Review.This Message Edited On 08.17.06

Dethtrasher
August 19th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet review for a sweet album

Thor
August 19th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

While people may not like Slayer for their vocals, I couldn't imagine them sounding any other way.

Shadows
Moderator
August 19th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=mudvaynian]Where did you get this info from? I want to hear the new album too.

Back on topic, I will just say I am not a fan of Slayer, moreso of the vocals than anything.[/QUOTE]
It leaked several days ago.

And love Tom'd voice. He sounds psychotic.



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