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Reign In Blood

Slayer

1986

Reign In Blood
Album Summary

Reign in Blood is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released on October 7, 1986, by Def Jam Recordings. The album was the band's first collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, whose input helped the band's sound evolve. The release date of the album was delayed because of concerns regarding the lyrical subject matter of the opening track "Angel of Death", which refers to Josef Mengele and describes acts such as human experimentation that he committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The band's members stated that they did not condone Nazism and were merely interested in the subject.Reign in Blood was well received by both critics and fans, and was responsible for bringing Slayer to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. Today, it is often mentioned among the greatest heavy metal records ever. In their 2017 listing of the 100 Greatest Metal albums of all time, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Reign in Blood" at #6. Alongside Anthrax's Among the Living, Megadeth's Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, and Metallica's Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood helped define the sound of the emerging US thrash metal scene in the mid-1980s, and has remained influential since. The album was Slayer's first to enter the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 94, and was certified Gold on November 20, 1992. In 2013, NME ranked it at number 287 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

I was gonna write something about the big 4, their skill as musicians, laying the groundwork for death metal, blah blah blah... but really, there is only one thing that needs to be said here: *deep breath* FUUCKIIIINNNGGG SLAAAAYYEEEERRRRRRRR!!!!!!

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Uhh...mom come pick me up im scared?

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

I was today years-old when I discovered I was a Slayer fan...

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Sun Oct 10 2021
1

This project has enabled me, for the first time, to be able to tell you the difference between a number of heavy metal bands. Slayer is no Metallica. In this relentless 28 minutes there is no variance of tempo, no recognizable riffs or remarkable solos, and neither melody nor rhythm to any of the lyrics. I couldn't tell you which song is which upon hearing a sample. Is it bad that I laughed out loud a few times listening to this? Is "How can we really freak mom out?" the sole driver of this creation? There is absolutely no meter or structure to the random, screamed lyrics. I was trying to imagine what else might be performed in this manner. Julia Child's recipe for Bœuf Bourgignon? And then it hit me that I wanted to hear the poem "This is Just to Say" performed in this manner. "...so cooooooooooooooooooold!" This isn't to say that it doesn't represent its genre well. It has a consistent badass sound and scary lyrics. I love the scream at the beginning of "Angel of Death" but it did make me laugh as I listened to it over and over, and I'm not sure that's the intended effect. Some of my favorite lyrics: "How long can you last in this frozen water burial?" "Dismembered destiny" "Transforming five toes to two" and "These shackles will be useless when your life is out of time" I love that the somewhat timely "Epidemic" ("pulmonary overthrow") ends with the ominous line, "Years will pass before it can be cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuured!" Hail, Satan!

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Relentless power. Feels so frenetic and dangerous. Makes me happy that music like this exists. The solo at the end of Jesus Saves is a thing of beauty.

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Wed May 05 2021
1

J'ai fait écouter cet album à Satan qui m'a bien confirmé que c'était de la merde.

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Wed Dec 16 2020
5

Great album. Could listen to this on repeat all week and it would still be epic on the seventh day. In fact I'm sure that's what God was doing on the seventh day. He was so awed by their awesomeness he just had to kick back, drink some beers and listen to some Slayer.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Absolute genius in its own way. Essentially, this is the same basic musical setup as The Beatles or Booker T and the MGs but THIS music sounds like it’s from another planet which is terrifying and frightening. Slayer get this sound out of those same instruments. Music is incredible. I couldn’t listen to this too many times but I’m glad I have heard it.

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Absolute masterpiece. Not just one of my favorite metal albums, one of my favorite albums ever! Extremely hype, intense, fast-paced, horrifying, heart-pounding...and PERFECT.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

I like the music, but the satanic lyrics make them look gay

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

More punk than I thought, so that was kind of cool, but couldn't get behind the lyrics.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
1

i had shitty taste in music at 15

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Soul crushing and demonic I love it!

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Raining BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

I have nothing smart to say about this. It's hard, fast, and utterly devoid of good taste. LOVE IT

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Fri Jun 09 2023
5

I could write a long winded review or I could tell you about the time I blasted Raining Blood ear splitting volume to scare away seagulls trying to steal my fish and chips. This was done much to my then 3 year old daughter's delight

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Brooooooo, no idea how anyone else will react to this (not well is my guess) but I was kind of bobbing along? Definitely not my type of music and I doubt I'll relisten but for what it is, great.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Wat een plaat! Live ook fantastisch om te zien.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

metal has never been my thing. I suppose there’s a certain level of artifice present within the lyrics and presentation of bands like Slayer. Songs like Angel of Death and Postmortem simply feel performative to me in terms of lyrical content. Maybe it’s more a rejection of the genre clichés than the music itself for me personally. It's competently made music, well put together and a pleasingly brief in a satisfying way. I simply have no wish to ever listen to it again, but am glad I did if only to gain insight into a genre I still have no draw towards. 6/10

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Harmless satanism, breakneck speed, and some kind of purity--by which, I think I mean that, thanks to Rick Rubin, the songs are short and focussed. The lyrics and vocals are beyond silly, and all the better for it. Tom Araya yells like he's had wet cement poured into his veins and is trying to get his words out before it dries. All of which makes the technical showboating genuinely exciting rather than the drag it usually is. Deliberately overrating this because I can.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
2

Listened once. Just not my thing. 2/5.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
2

I could appreciate the craft, but it was too loud and too angry for me.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
2

No. 101/1001 Angel of Death 2/5 Piece by Piece 2/5 Necrophobic 2/5 Altar of Sacrifice 2/5 Jesus Saves 2/5 Criminally Insane 2/5 Reborn 2/5 Epidemic 2/5 Postmortem 2/5 Raining Blood 1/5 Average: 1,9 That's too heavy for me. Also was kinda repetitive.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

This is super not my kind of music. I finished it, but only because it's short. Maybe 1 star, I don't know. Really didn't enjoy this.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
1

I should love Slayer given my metal tastes, but I just don't.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

I couldn't listen to this everyday. But this is an example of genre perfection.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

I love every single songs on this album. Definitely their greatest imo

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Obviously a standard by one of the giants of the genre.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

This album fucking slays (pun intended). One of my favorite thrash albums of all time. Great way to wake up in the morning on a day when you've been up since 4am.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Excellent record from the darkest of the Big 4.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
5

This is what I wanted Master of Puppets to sound like. I'm know that's legitimate heresy to say, but it's true.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

Holy shit. Today is the day I found out I love thrash metal and Slayer! This album is a verified banger from start to finish, But not for the faint of heart or easily offended. Music that challenges norms always deserves credit, especially the controversial stuff-and by golly gee wiz this deserves to be in the forefront.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Classic album in the evolution of Thrash and metal as a whole. You can feel Rick Rubin's hands all over this album, funneling the band's aggression into the work, without negating or nullifying the emotion. I understand why it is not for a large portion of the population, but it's critical listening for modern metal. And honestly, even people who know nothing about Slayer know about Raining Blood and "SLAAAAAAYERRRRRR" jokes, so clearly there's been a huge impact. Outside of RIB's obvious power, Angel of Death, Jesus Saves, Piece by Piece, and Reborn are standouts. But it's worth listening to the whole thing. || Shoutout to Ms. Anker's 9th grade English class where I was allowed to play "Angel of Death" as a 'media piece' for my speech about torture...yeah, I was an edgelord, yes I am embarrassed hahahah.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Foundational. Fucking Slayer!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

This is my second favourite album from Slayer (first one is without doubt Seasons in the Abyss). Great work.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

People are saying it more and more and it's true you hear it a lot that this is the best metal album ever.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

This is objectively the best Slayer album. Every song is incredible, and somehow catchy. Everyone after them were just try-hard wannabes.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

As a dyed-in-the-wool heavy metal maniac I'm not giving this any less than five well-deserved stars. This album absolutely smokes. Lots of bands tried to sound like Slayer. Few bands actually sound like Slayer. 'Angel of Death' and 'Raining Blood' are all-timers in the metal pantheon.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!" -Opening line of "Reign in Blood" if I remember correctly UPDATE: I remembered correctly. This album fucking TEARS. UPDATE 2: This one is an absolute burner. I don't think I've ever noticed that it's almost completely seamless. There's a slight break before Raining Blood kicks in but other than that it's just wall-to-wall insanity. Love it.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Construção poderosa do metal

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Any true metalhead has this album.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

One of the best thrash metal albums of all times.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

This album fucks so heavy, the switch ups are so gruelly and reek of pure violence, fills me with primordial rage like no other record

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

Thrash me. This is a great album! The recording is clean, the guitars are shreddy, Tom Araya sounds like a heavy metal priest.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

Great album, a metal essential

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Wed Mar 29 2023
5

Slayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrr! Kwaliteit herrie en zieke invloed op de metal wereld

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Thu Mar 30 2023
5

One of the great metal albums

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Fri Apr 07 2023
5

Очень классический треш метал, но опять же тогда это звучало очень свежо и необычно. Алкоальбом: слэмиться на фесте в кожанках и пить статут

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Fri Apr 14 2023
5

Pretty awesome. How to not enjoy slayer ? More double kick drum please. Lyrics are ridiculous in the best way.

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Fri May 05 2023
5

"Reign in Blood" is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and Slayer and was a step up production wise from their previous two albums. The music straddles between thrash metal and hardcore punk and the album is considered a cornerstone in that thrash metal genre. The lyrics deal with death, religion, insanity and human experiments. Human experiments you say? Yeah, there was quite a bit of controversy with the release of the record based on the lyrics of the first song "Angel of Death" and its subject Nazi physician Joseph Mengele and the human experiments he did in the Auschwitz concentration camps. The band denied being Nazi sympathesizers but it followed the band throughout their career. This album received much critical acclaim and brought Slayer into the metal mainstream. A guitar assault, ridiculously fast drums, a guttural scream and we're off with the aforementioned "Angel of Death." The subject was already discussed and was told through the viewpoint of Mengele. The song has been used in various movies, tv shows and video games. The metal onslaught continues in "Piece by Piece." We're into blood, gore and cannibalism now. "Jesus Saves" actually starts out with a slower heavy metal guitar and beat. No worries, we're quickly into thrash. The foolishness of relying on religion to save you. Slower drums and a grinding guitar open "Criminally Insane." Like before we're quickly into thrash. A mind-blowing guitar solo. Drummer Dave Lombardo changing his beats throughout. Murderers taking lives and not caring cause they are....!!! And what better way to end an album then with "Raining Blood." Rain, guitar feedback, drum knocks and then into those classic dual guitar chords and the thrash. The song slows in spots and the speeds up. A banished soul from heaven awakens in purgatory and, well, he declares his plan for heaven at the end with a scream of "I shall reign in blood!!!" Musical chaos. Thunder. Silence. These songs are short and intense. Thr band gets right to the point. The album itself is short at 28 minutes. I think some heavy metal (as well as other genres) albums are way too long and bloated. Not here. The guitar and drumming are next level. The lyrics? Yeah, the music fits. A rock and metal classic.

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Fri May 05 2023
5

This album is a great example of thrash metal. There are several things I especially would like to mention. The main one is the tempo of the tracks, it’s incredibly speed. The vocals of Tom Araya are really hard to comprehend. At the same time the tracks themselves are really short, often less than 3 minutes (and the album is about 32 minutes) but nevertheless, they often include 1-2 guitar solos. And what is more, the drumming of Dave Lombardo is incredibly fast too, his fills and playing 16 notes on ride in an insane tempo are really memorable (as well as intro and outro to Epidemic). My favourite tracks so far are Raining Blood, Epidemic and Jesus Saves.

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Wed May 24 2023
5

A bit of nostalgia for this one. I know the lyrics are cringy (especially since you can understand them unlike later death metal lyrics) and there are times such as tracks 2-4 where the music blends together and lacks a little variety. But the riffs and atmosphere are there, it’s relentless, and doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. You can clearly see the major influence this had on early death metal. My favorite part is the Postmortem/Raining Blood finale which is one of my favorite metal songs of all time, and Criminally Insane is underrated. Overall I can’t help but give this 5.

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

When I saw the length of the album in question, I thought: you can't be serious? But, in all seriousness, Reign in Blood may very well be the definition of all killer, no filler. With Angel of Death leading the way in heavy riffage and, let's be honest, somewhat troublesome lyrical imagery, the album pummels with reckless abandon and seemingly endless displays of aggression. It could be said, with no indication of exception, that it is Slayer's brightest moment in the sun; a blood streaked parade that may never be forgotten.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
5

I honestly can't describe how much this album blew my mind when I first heard it. I thought Metallica was the peak of 1980s thrash metal, and to be fair they are... but my first experience of Slayer was something else. It made Master of Puppets sound like Rush. It gave me that "hory shet, now THIS is fucking cool!" feeling that is so fleetingly rare after about age 8. I've learned the whole thing on guitar over the years (except the solos, bc who the fuck learns a Slayer solo?) and it still fuckin thumps whenever I play it. Including today. 5/5.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

FUCKIN’ SLAYER!!! this album, to many, is their masterpiece and considered one of the greatest metal albums of all time. tom araya with his barking vocals. guitarists jeff hanneman and kerry king with their sick riffs and alternating chaotic leads. and of course dave lombardo with his lightning fast drumming, you’d swear the dude is an octopus. this is the band’s classic lineup and the band is in top form with their trademark dark, angry energy. after all, what other band would put out a song titled “jesus saves” that mocks and questions christianity? my personal favourite slayer album is south of heaven, but you certainly can’t go wrong with either of these slabs of thrash excellence. highlights: “angel of death”, “alter of sacrifice”, “jesus saves”, “raining blood”.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

Fun album. The sound seems straightforward on the surface, but it is actually very subtle because it is always different, so I was not bored. The lyrics are so unapologetic they become kind of relaxing.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

I own every Slayer album and seen them 8 times live, need I say more

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

oh hell yeah!! 5 stars without even listening yet 😁 I don't know if I've ever listened to a whole Slayer album before. I'm pumped! My only qualm is that it's only 34 minutes long. Oh shit, Raining Blood is on this album! Fuck they're so good!

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Sun Aug 06 2023
5

Probably the peak of metal music for me, doesn't really get much better. Album flies through at 200mph, insane riffs and solos. As soon as it's over I just want to listen to it all over again.

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Wed Aug 16 2023
5

SLLLLAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYERRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Sat Sep 23 2023
5

Exemplary work - thankfully not too long, but exactly what it needs to be and exactly what you'd expect.

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

1. Pioneering Speed and Aggression: "Reign in Blood" is often cited as a pioneering album in the subgenre of thrash metal. It's known for its relentless speed and aggression, with most songs clocking in at under three minutes. The opening track, "Angel of Death," immediately sets the tone with its lightning-fast guitar riffs and frenetic drumming. 2. Guitar Wizardry: The guitar work on this album, courtesy of Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, is nothing short of spectacular. Their razor-sharp, palm-muted riffs and blazing guitar solos became a blueprint for countless metal bands that followed. The precision and intensity of their playing are particularly evident in tracks like "Raining Blood" and "Postmortem." 3. Tom Araya's Menacing Vocals: Tom Araya's vocals are a key element of Slayer's signature sound. His aggressive and menacing delivery adds to the overall intensity of the album. His lyrical themes often delve into dark and controversial subjects, such as war, death, and the macabre. 4. Impact on the Metal Genre: "Reign in Blood" had a profound influence on the metal genre. Its speed, technicality, and lyrical themes helped shape the thrash and death metal subgenres. Many consider it a cornerstone of extreme metal, and its impact can be heard in the work of bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and countless others. 5. Controversial Artwork and Lyrics: The album's original cover art and some of its lyrics generated controversy due to their graphic and controversial nature. "Angel of Death," in particular, faced criticism for its lyrical content inspired by Nazi physician Josef Mengele. Slayer has defended their use of such themes as a form of artistic expression and provocation. 6. Timeless and Enduring: "Reign in Blood" remains as powerful and relevant today as it was upon its release. Its songs are staples in Slayer's live performances, and the album is frequently cited in discussions of the greatest metal albums of all time. In summary, "Reign in Blood" by Slayer is a landmark album in the world of heavy metal. It's celebrated for its sheer intensity, speed, and influence on the genre. While its controversial themes and graphic imagery have sparked debate, they are integral to the album's identity. For metal enthusiasts, it's a must-listen, and its legacy in the world of music is undeniable.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

1986 was a gigantic year for the genre of Heavy Metal, in particular Thrash. This album came out along with Master Of Puppets by Metallica and Peace Sells by Megadeth, two albums which I’m pretty positive are also on the list. Context helps here because Prog was beginning to become the norm in the genre, as those two albums would certainly show. An increase in recording quality and production value came alongside a more adventurous songwriting process and more experimentation. …and then there was Slayer. Although I would personally say I love the two aforementioned classics, this contemporary album from Slayer marks a serious line in the sand where they declare they are sticking to their roots. Sure they spent a lot more on the production of this compared to their earlier releases, but the composition and lyrical content is very similar to the aggression which put all these Thrash bands on the map in the first place. Although big names of the same genre, Reign In Blood has more in common with classic hardcore punk albums than it does with Metallica’s classic of the same year. While Metallica and Megadeth would influence the progressive and experimental Metal movements which would soon follow, Slayer laid the groundwork for what would soon turn into Death Metal and Speed Metal, which admittedly has become more my speed over time. What I should also mention is I believe this is the second appearance in our project of what I’m sure will be several of Rick Rubin (who also worked on Cash’s American IV) as a producer. Rick is great because he knows nothing about writing or playing music, but gives his production advice on what would “sound cool”. Guess what? This album sounds so fucking cool. That brings me to talking about the individual performances, which are great. It’s loose and chaotic, and the production only adds to the impact. Drum hits have the impact of machine guns, ripping through the mix at over 200bpm. Guitar riffs that practically drip with grit and grime form the base for nearly incomprehensible guitar solos to descend from the heavens and commence their attack. Meanwhile, Tom Araya delivers polarizing lyrics with the tone of a reluctant messenger, only breaking from his typical range to deliver alarmingly convincing screams of despair (most notably on Angel Of Death and Postmortem). Look, altogether, if this isn’t a 5 star Metal record I don’t know what is. It’s a runaway train from start to finish with no way off. It’s an uncompromising show of energy and aggression. It’s amazing.

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Mon Nov 06 2023
5

Easiest 5 of my life. Best thrash there is, if you don't thrash then you won't like this album and that's fine so I expect average reviews to be lower. Will I listen to again: 100%

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Man what an absolute shockwave of an album in the world of thrash. Raining Blood never ceases to give me chills.

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Sun Nov 19 2023
5

One of the big 4, it's fucking SLAYYYYERRRR! Two of their most iconic songs are on this album, "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood". Fast, aggressive, angry, and shocking. The best kind of metal. \m/

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

GREAT way to start my morning!

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Tue Nov 28 2023
5

YAAAAAAAAAAAÀAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. ... I will say that after about 20 minutes I was slightly numb from all the thrash. But then you've got the greatest metal song of all time to close out and it's only 28 minutes long. So. YAAAAAAAAAAAÀAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

Out of the gate and never relenting, a brutal onslaught magnifying the worst of human suffering and depravity. A reminder that death is eminent. This set the framework for things to come and set the bar high with drums and guitars that thunder and scream like the marching and wailing of the Harbinger's Mares - Revelation 6: 1-8 Reign in Blood Rips

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

orginal version 28:55 kuunneltu.. uskomaton levy.. Ei häivähdystäkään epäaitoudesta.m pelkkää ehtaa kamaa..

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Burst of energy. Every fast metal band was influenced by this record. It holds up surprisingly well for an old heavy record. Favorite song: Raining Blood.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

This is a classic album, but probably not suitable for those who don't listen much to metal music. Nevertheless, this album should be known by everyone because it marks a generation and a way of making music.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

They are very good at what they do. Not quite my style, but they are very good.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Somehow still melodic and musical while just going so hard

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

I feel I have to rate this album 5 stars. It is so monumental and has had such impact on metal and metalcore music. Personally, I'd probably give it 4 stars, just for my own enjoyment in 2024, as well as how often I'd ever return to it, but the extra star is definitely earned, as the album does still hold up in many ways, especially in how easily you can hear the impact on heavy music even today.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

For me the best Slayer album

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Fuckin' Slayyyyyyeeeeerrrrr. One of the best thrash metal albums of all time.

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