Slayer – Reign in Blood Reviews

Reign in Blood

This 28-minute slab of noise ranks among the most aggressive, brutal, and bone-crushingly intense major label releases ever. After opening with the highly controversial blur-of-volume “Angel of Death,” which tells of the grisly exploits of sadistic Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele, the album confronts Satanic rituals (“Altar of Sacrifice”), serial killing “Piece by Piece,” and the apocalypse (“Raining Blood”), before ending abruptly with the sounds of falling rain (assumedly blood). But (more…)

13 responses to “Slayer – Reign in Blood Reviews”

  1. Maclean says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Kerry King. Ease Up on The Curls.
    I mowed my and trimmed my lawn in under 30 minutes while my neighbor took 58.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This review is from: Reign in Blood (Audio CD) If someone who Slayer is undoubtedly the definitive band in thrash metal. From the years of 1983, when bands such as Metallica and Queensryche also debuted, Slayer, unlike the other bands, is still good music (or just pick up Metallica's “St. Anger” and Queensryche's “Tribe” and you will see how their music has changed). Reign In Blood is an example and a lesson from history, what can Slayer's best album of all time. Each song is non-stop aggressive, optimistic, and mean thrash metal at it's best. From the onslaught of dual guitars to the pounding of the double bass drum, which is great. last fall I saw Slayer in concert at the Mid Hudson Civic Center, and they hold together better and faster than many bands wish they could. Not only that they are with a 2-hour set, but after about the first 8-10 songs, Slayer's finale was good, Reign in Blood. They played the whole album from beginning to end, from the Angel of Death to Raining Blood, all in order. Damn, I guess that means that they like this album a bit too. Well anyway here the division of them all. Angel Of Death – To make it short, this is the best Slayer song ever, no joke. You simply can not be better than this song. It is not only fast, but has a sick hyper division in him. piece by piece – it is a two minutes. Not bad, by all means, in fact, it is well rounded song. This is also one of the good old breakdowns. Necrophobic – This song was not as good as angel of death, but hey, not really of them. But it is the general tone of the album is still here. Quick and thrash. Altar of Sacrifice – This song is an average. I love how Kerry and Jeff just abuse of the Whammy bar on faith! He has a slow and heavy bridge. It bleeds right into the next song. 'Kin great. Jesus Saves – This was the first song on the album where you know that they will not start at 100 miles per hour. But things are changing fast, and it pulls in the first minute. Even a killer. Criminal Legally Insane – You really an impression of what Tom Araya loves his texts to write about. It is a slow song compared to the other, but it is also one of the best. As it slowly, it is quite difficult. Reborn – This is the only moderate song on the album. It's pretty good but not spectacular. epidemic – It starts with one of the signature Slayer drum rolls. Fairly quickly, like everything good, and it is so good. Postmortem – This song sounds like it the way out is the time, like a band, he wrote only a few years ago. I wonder what people thought in 1986 when a song like this around. Another, that bleeds into the next … RAINING BLOOD – This is Slayer's means, roughly, songs of destruction and violence always! You have to understand it. From the introduction to the main RIFF killing the whole song is just one of the best. The absolute best song on the album are Angel of Death and Raining Blood. This album is the home of two Slayer's best songs to date, with the rest of the album rocking more probably than any other Slayer release.

  3. Kylemore says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thrash Metal Classic. You Like Metal? You BETTER own this CD!
    Woo hoo! Older album review time!
    Alright, so over 20 years have passed since Reign in Blood was put out and it still remains one of the craziest albums ever…

  4. Timothy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The fastest and arguably the heaviest album ever made.
    In 1986, at a time in heavy metal history when certain bands were writing epic 5-minute-plus songs (think Metallica and Iron Maiden), Slayer took it upon themselves to release an…

  5. Bindi says:

    This review is from: Reign in Blood (Audio CD) Not much can be said about this album that has not already been said. So, I will try to write this review without sounding cliche. But mind you, if you already read for this album, then you already know how big it is, so what are you for reading my review?
      Slayer were not the first thrash metal band that ever exist (that credit goes to Motörhead, Metal Church and Metallica), but it could also be the case. Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo are the godfathers of thrash and extreme metal, they are to thrash as Bob Marley, the reggae and the Ministry is the industry. Slayer almost single-hand popularized the genre and set the standard for what it should be like. Slayer is so important heavy metal band, like any other, and “Reign in Blood” is just as influential and innovative as Metallica's “Master of Puppets” and Pantera's “Vulgar Display of Power”.
      Although Slayer, not birth to thrash metal, I believe their 1983 debut album “Show No Mercy” popularized extreme / death metal. The bands Venom (a Slayer influence) and Death came before Slayer, but I think of Venom as black metal, not extreme, and I believe that death is only thought of as the creators of Death Metal, because their names. The fact is that (currently) no music so fast, heavy and extreme as Slayer. Slayer are the inspiration for (probably) 90% of the speed / thrash / death / extreme metal bands, including two other influential Death Metal bands from the 1980s, Sepultura and Morbid Angel.
      No one does what Slayer still better than them, and this album proves it. Everything about “Reign in Blood” screams that this album is a pure, unadulterated masterpiece that is definitely withstood the test of time. It is full to the brim with explosives, rocket fast beats and tempos, driving riffs that fly by like lightning, scorching solos, insane drum work, and eerie, tortured screams. And it can never be known. In these eleven tracks (or twelve if you Remastered Version) and 28 minutes of music, the massive attacks only slows down for a few seconds before picking, where it left off.
      Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman will not go, because the all time best guitar soloists, but they play precise guitar riffs at a speed that other guitarists want to chop off their hands in frustration. And their solos may not be much more than a few random notes as fast as possible, but I've never heard that the solos are as wild or blistering as Kerry King's. Furthermore, Dave Lombardo drum and Tom Araya's vocals are also super fast. With this fast guitar riffs, Dave and Tom sometimes fall behind and have to play “catch up.” The drum is (obviously) very talented and Tom words are so fast, they sometimes sound like gibberish.
      Since almost every second of every song is as fast as the one before (and this album is only one tempo and mood), it is sometimes difficult to discern where one track ends and a other begins. You're just not metal if you do not know the song “Angel of Death”. As an album opener, it sets the bar high, and is also a good representation of the album as a whole. Slayer no time to the good stuff: “Angel of Death” shoots from the starting gate, within three seconds, Slayer are waist deep in the blindingly-fast riffs. The reef is in the whole song, and five (count `em, five!) Bubbles, trademark guitar solos are also included. This song has brutal texts (through the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, and Dr. Mengele torture and killing of Jews in a variety of ways) and the installation, just brutal music. “Necrophobic” begins as soon as any other song here, but gradually slowed down. It's pick up where they left off, but before two wild solos. “Jesus Saves” seems like a continuation of the four, “Altar of Sacrifice”. It is quick, and from there it just goes faster (up to a rocket fast beat and riffs). Similarly, “Raining Blood” has fast chugging riffs, then a tempo change kicks and the riffs even faster. The drums on this song, which beat a “boom boom” sound.
      With so much hype around him, I did not like “Reign in Blood” as much as everyone else. Fortunately, she has me just a little time to believe the hype about this CD and become addicted. I'm so addicted, has worn off (at the bottom is worn, because I almost always press the PLAY button again when the CD is). Even if you do not like this CD or not, as this type of music, you should have the requisites for a Slayer album that is as fast, extreme, and influential as this one.
      In summary, (as above), there is not much that can be said about this CD that is not already been said, because metalheads from all over the world know how big it is. “RIB” is simply a standard-setting and genre defining album. If there ever was a landmark / milestone album, it is. Oh, and just in case I forgot to mention … “Reign in Blood” is also, hands down, the best thrash metal album, ever known to man. (Note however that I believe Sepultura's “Beneath the Remains” to Death Metal.) Bottom line is not a heavy metal collection is complete without this CD If you are a Metalhead, you should already in the possession of this CD ( and you should include at least a dozen times today). And if you're new to metal, you need to make this one of your next purchases. Even if you never heard of metal, I have three words of advice for you: believe the hype!

  6. Baeddan says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seal of Approval
    Hello Metal-Heads! Satan here. I just wanted to make sure that all of you knew that this album has my whole-hearted endorsement.

  7. Anonymous says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Classic Album, One of the Best
    I used to have a burned cassette of this thing back when it was new. I got the CD so that I could put the songs on my phone and listen to it while riding the exercise bike.

  8. Gulliver says:

    This review is from: Reign in Blood (Audio CD) To see the metal scene today if “Reign In Blood” has never been published, it is impossible for me. This album is also one of my compliment. Every credible metal band today quoted this epic album as a major influence, and if they said otherwise they would just lie. To create 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” combines the Metallica-esque chugging riffs and completely from the wall, unorthodox guitar solos, and they are exposed to a huge crowd of people who do not know what to think at first (they obviously caught in a short time). Although Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman of the guitar solos are not the musical, and understandable in the world, they are all on the aggression, which is certainly what classic Slayer goes. Even with so many excellent guitar players emerging in the modern metal, King and Hanneman's unmatched rhythm chops on this album continue to heads today. And although Tom Araya has no real “singing” on the CD, his screaming fits the music perfectly. From this legendary time is the infamous “Angel of Death”, on the last growl of the epic, “Raining Blood”, Tom's singing is one of the most aggressive things on this album. But of course, what would Slayer without the madman behind the drums? Even today, in a world of Black Metal and Death Metal perfectionist drummer Dave Lombardo is a thrash drumming god. Throughout the album, the drums are fast and pounding, never the ears a chance, “a pause” or “rest”, there is no such thing. Slayer never tried to mix it up with a soft, or intermediate elimination game either. The consistent brutality of this album is what makes it so epic, even today. If you have a relatively old Slayer fan, you probably do not read, because the chances are you already, and in their possession for a long time. But if you never heard of Slayer, starting with this album is a must. This is not one of those albums that is just a “good for it's time” recording. This epic flames from an album, would thrash just as much when it was published today.

  9. Xenos says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    #1 Thrash metal Album !!
    With out a doubt this is the greatest thrash metal album of all time. Slayer has no equal. This album changed the face of metal for ever.

  10. Ulema says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    They wish they were as heavy and scary as Slipknot or Murderdolls.
    Slayer’s 80s stuff is just as horrible as Metallica’s. Slayer didn’t really make a good album until about 1994 and even that wasn’t good enough for my likings.

  11. Idella says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Techno for headbangers. Like one song, like them all, dislike one… I had been toying with the idea of buying this band’s cover of punk songs called “Undisputed attitude” and I took the plunge in doing so, as well as picking up “Reign…

  12. Abbie says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Best Thrash Metal Album Ever?
    After their second studio album “Hell Awaits” Slayer did their best album so far, “Reign In Blood”. This album is not just thrash metal – it is speed metal – AND I Mean SPEED.

  13. Zaida says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Essential metal album, influential and still scary to this day
    I am a musician, and over the years I have grown to enjoy and play most genres of music from rock n’ roll to jazz to electronic music, but I have never lost my love of heavy…

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