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  • To imagine the metal scene today if “Reign In Blood” had never been released, is impossible for me. This album is beyond any of my compliments. Every credible metal band today has cited this epic album as a major influence; and if they said otherwise, they’d just be lying. To be a metalhead and NOT own this album is a sin in itself. This album not only demolished and rebuilt new metal standards, “Reign in Blood” combined those Metallica-esque chugging riffs and completely off the wall, unorthodox guitar solos, and exposed them to a huge crowd that didn’t know what to think at first (they obviously caught on in no time). Althought Kerry King’s and Jeff Hanneman’s guitar solos aren’t the most musical and intelligible ones in the world, they are ALL about aggression, which is certainly what classic Slayer is all about. Even with so many excellent guitar players surfacing in modern metal, King and Hanneman’s unmatched rhythm chops on this album continue to turn heads today. And although Tom Araya does no real “singing” on the CD, his screaming fits the music perfectly. From that legendary first scream of the infamous “Angel of Death”, to the last growls of the epic, “Raining Blood”, Tom’s vocals are one of the most aggressive things about this album. But of course, what would Slayer be without that madman behind the drum set? Even today, in a world of black metal and death metal perfectionist drummers, Dave Lombardo is a thrash drumming god. Throughout the entire album, the drums are fast and pounding, never giving your ears a chance to “take a break” or “rest”; there’s no such thing. Slayer never tries to mix it up with a soft breakdown or interlude either. The consistent brutality of this album is what makes it so epic, even today. If you’re a relatively old Slayer fan, you probably shouldn’t be reading this, because chances are, you already own it, and have owned for a long time. But if you’re new to Slayer, starting with this album is a must. This is not one of those albums that is just a “good for it’s era” recording. This epic blaze of an album would thrash just as much if it was released today.

    Posted on December 2, 2009