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Reign In Blood

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Category: Speed Metal

Year: 1986

Label: American

Catalog Number: 9 24131-2

Average Rating: 91 / 100 (8 ratings)

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Slayer Reign In Blood Album Cover

Tom Araya vocals, bass
Kerry King lead guitars
Jeff Hanneman lead guitars
Dave Lombardo drums
1.  Angel Of Death  4:50
2.  Piece By Piece  2:02
3.  Necrophobic  1:38
4.  Altar Of Sacrifice  2:49
5.  Jesus Saves  2:49
6.  Criminally Insane  2:13
7.  Reborn  2:20
8.  Epidemic  2:12
9.  Postmortem  2:44
10.  Raining Blood  4:23
Total Running Time:  28:00

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From: B Swift Date: April 3, 2002 at 21:08
Its Slayer. Its BRILLIANT. speed, power, heavy.

From: Billy Bob Date: June 26, 2002 at 20:28
Easily the best Thrash Metal album in the past 20 years. Angel of Death, Necrophobic, Post Mortem, etc.., it's all good. \m/SLAYER\m/

From: S- MANSTER Date: July 31, 2002 at 17:57

From: Linael Date: September 10, 2002 at 16:21
Yeah... a Demonic BJ in your ears. This IS the peak of Slayer's career. Buy it or Rot in Hell.

From: ARXONTAS Date: December 15, 2002 at 1:01
The holly bible of Thrash Metal.10+ on ARXONTAS scale

From: jarett r. Date: January 8, 2003 at 14:37
in 1986, tony scaglione was briefly a touring drummer for slayer. he was also in whiplash, and some other bands. check out whiplash's power and pain.

From: mutha trucka Date: January 18, 2003 at 5:31
arxontas - we meet again. please know that slayer are truly born again christians. many miss the cautionary message behind their songs. manowar is a far superior band. if there was a band vs. band brawl, no weapons, hand to hand combat, manowar would crush slayer. i believe slaughter would crush slayer. slaugher is your favorite band, arxontas. bye bye

From: me Date: January 28, 2003 at 2:57
Slayer truly are exceptional musicians, more competent on their instruments than manowar. Who really cares if manowar can kick Slayers ass in hand to hand combat, it's not important and no-one with a brain cares. Manowar are a good band, but Slayer are faster, heavier and technically more sound, you can't argue with that. This album is by far their best, although south of heaven was pretty good. Where is manowar now??? and do they command the respect that Slayer do? I THINK NOT!!!

From: heavymetalmike Date: February 12, 2003 at 17:55
this album defines thrash, with the unbelievable speed,& content. people listen to it in 2003, and think its insane, imagine in 1986.

From: maniak Date: April 2, 2003 at 17:31
Skrew manowar !! Slayer r00000000000000lez !

From: DamInc Date: April 12, 2003 at 11:15
The most astonishing thrash album of all time. Simple as that. Angel Of Death is breathtaking and the album as a whole is masterful. 28 minutes of nastiness, pain and spite. Any person who likes guitar based music should buy this. There are two filler tracks but these would normally be high points on another album but the rest of the jewels here outshine them so much. In this genre, this album is timeless and defining. Get it.

From: mutha trucka Date: April 12, 2003 at 20:48
no no, my friend. all other peoples opinions are just that. my opinions are facts. the fact is, manowar are the kings of metal. silly pop bands like slayer just dont match up. jj from fight tattoed kerry kings skull. i wonder what rob halford from fight did for kerry...

From: hauntingtherot Date: April 19, 2003 at 4:51
slayer are metal, no two fuckin ways about it, and really am i the only one thats ever seen manowar? please no one with muscles that big and wearing that much lether can claim to not be gay, pure and simple, if anyone is suckin dicks its manowar, and come on its been a known fact for slayers whole career that tom araya is catholic..

From: GABO Date: June 20, 2003 at 19:46
This album doesn't need a review, Reign in Blood is THE Trash metal album.

From: GodOD69 Date: August 7, 2003 at 21:25
Angel of Death has got to be an altime best song! P.S. anybody know were Manowar is these days? Slayer is headlining concerts...Manowar???

From: METAL FAN Date: August 8, 2003 at 15:43
Reign In Blood is THE best goddamn thrash metal album ever, Angel Of Death kicks Muthafuckin ASS SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!

From: metalscourge Date: September 12, 2003 at 19:16
Reign in Blood is a masterpiece of the thrash/speed metal genre.

From: Date: October 2, 2003 at 22:23
Manowar with all there pathetic antics and paraphernalia (leather and studs etc) still couldn't make it...slayer with no stupid antics, paraphernalia or muscles have outsold and outlasted Manowar....suck hard on those facts 'mutha trucka'

From: Zze Date: October 16, 2003 at 22:53
What would be of Thrash Metal without this album. this is THE thrash metal album, not speed , this is THRASH aaaaa Slayer showed with this one that heavy music had no limits and I believe that this record heavily influences the Death Metal movement that would come later

From: Zze Date: October 16, 2003 at 22:56
This is not intented to be a Manowar bashing session. both Slayer and Manowar do make some great music however Slayer is much more important for Metal than Manowar.

From: Unimpressed Date: October 18, 2003 at 7:37
This album is by far the single most overrated metal album of all time. In particular the songs Angel of Death and Raining Blood are the two most extraordinarily overrated metal songs of all time by a mile. They are quite exceptionally ordinary. Not very imaginative, with lousy vocals. Yet somehow every metalhead wannabe geek touts this as the be all and end all of metal, as if doign so will somehow lend them some credibility. Wake up, this stuff is mediocre.

From: Date: November 6, 2003 at 20:00
Who impresses you 'unimpressed'?? Remember when this album was released...1986. Looked at in context of the time, it was groundbreaking and earthshaking. When viewed in today's context, yes, it would seem a little overrated. You have to use your head and view these things in context and subjectively!! Music and instrumental prowess has progressed since 1986. I remember when G'n'Rs 1987 debut 'Appetite for Destruction' was seen as the benchmark for hard is it viewed now?? USE YOUR HEAD

From: Unimpressed Date: December 4, 2003 at 13:01
I agree, things should be taken in the context of the time they came out. However even doing so I still feel Slayer is mediocre stuff. Compare it to other mid-80s metal bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden and it just doesn't cut the mustard. I'm not worried about how music has progressed, I love 80s metal right now! And I'm not claiming their musical prowess is lacking, simply that their music isn't that good. It's actually ok, just badly over-rated, both back then and now.

From: DeZo Date: December 9, 2003 at 17:13
Ok, This album is a great thrash slayer style album, and there isnt much of an alternative, i have nothing against manowar, but this is thrash without steroids unlike manowar with theyre big black suits and stupid little playback concert scheemes, if you are to compare manowar and slayer, go for slayer, if you are heavy metal, go for manowar, simply put.

From: byrdman69 Date: February 23, 2004 at 9:54
I had never been a big slayer fan until just recently. My new girlfriend is really into them, so I decided to give this disc a try one day, and man....this is some kick-ass-true meatal. I really like the ripping guitars, and the mashing drums, I am a Slayer fan now! I will be listening to more of their stuff, and cant wait to see them live on Ozzfest this summer. Oh, and I do like Manowar.....but what the hell does that have to do with reviewing Reign In Blood?

From: Date: April 1, 2004 at 14:18
Probalbly the best album ever recorded, go buy! altar of sacrifice one of the cooooolest songs. slayer also perform better live than every1 (as byrdman sed) probs better than manowar, whoever the hell they are... enter to the realm of satan.... #

From: Nicole Date: May 19, 2004 at 10:30
slayer is a really hot band and the singer/guitarist is really sexy!

From: Mosh Girl Date: May 23, 2004 at 18:39
The greatest fucking band, period! Fast, intense! Completely different sound of ANY metal band. I LOVE IT!!! Best mosh pits at live shows, completely wild!!!!

From: Slay Slayer! Date: June 6, 2004 at 5:47
What's up with their message in their song 'Jesus Saves'? And did you ever notice that their logo looks like a Satanic symbol? These guys should also be classified as Black metal for crying out loud! I HATE SLAYER!!!!!!!

From: miguel tipactit Date: July 8, 2004 at 16:57
this album stay into the five best thrash metal in the history. the more fast and intense release of the band. the next productions coming are small!!

From: Big Papa K Date: July 10, 2004 at 0:19
This is more like it. They have finally found their sound. The bookend tracks 'Angel Of Death' and 'Raining Blood' standout more than everything in between. Which is the one problem here, tracks 2-9 are pretty interchangeable. But complaints aside, this is a thrash classic. 9/10

From: Kingbin. Date: July 11, 2004 at 3:01
'Whop'from Melbourne,Australia.

From: jack Date: August 17, 2004 at 4:58
This album really rocks but whats the difference between speed and thrash metal anyway?

From: holy metal Date: September 6, 2004 at 9:19
The best speed metal album of all the times Slayer is the best speedmetal band ever; SLAYER RULES!!!

From: the satanic Date: September 8, 2004 at 5:44
look slayer was ,is and will be the absolute superior power when it comes to speed metal no puny kids like thoso stupid manowar can even come near the standard of almighty slayer !!!! face the TRUTH OR ROT IN A RAT INFESTED PIT FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!

From: THE SATANIC Date: September 8, 2004 at 5:48
MUTHA TRUCKA,u and your comments suck really really hard and so does MANOWAR.GROW UP!KIDDO!!

From: LUCIFER Date: September 8, 2004 at 18:00
Slayer would kick Manowars ass anyday.Who gives a fuck about Manowar.Slayer and Megadeth are the best metal bands on the planet.

From: ballz Date: September 28, 2004 at 14:32
this is the best piece of music ever written. your throat shall be torn out if u dont agree

From: metalhead66 Date: September 30, 2004 at 16:00
Fuckin kicks ass!!!!!The best Thrash/Death Metal Music ever put to wax!!!

From: Metalhead66 Date: November 3, 2004 at 11:17
I got The Still Reining dvd and it only proves what I think..this album is a 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Ghostofwar Date: January 24, 2005 at 10:10
Satan Laughs As You Eternally Rot

From: Dani Filth Date: March 11, 2005 at 10:40
To mutha trucka, Unimpressed, etc. I know i say that these are all opinions, but you lot really try my nerves. Black Sabbath remain the kings of heavy metal, but these guys come real close. they've been around since the early 80's pumping out heavy metal for the delight of listeners, so don't you dare let me find out where you live if i hear you lot cuss Slayer again. kepp your fucked up opinions to yourselves, go out and get a fucking life and never come back here again.

From: Dani Filth Date: March 11, 2005 at 10:52
To SLAY SLAYER: Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Cradle of FIlth, Astriaal, Manegarm, Satyricon and Darkthrone. These are seven bands whose music has made my life worth living. These bands are the definition of Black Metal. Much as i love Slayer's music, it is an insult both to Slayer and to Black Metal in general to call them Black Metal. get out from behind your computer screen now, lad. get out and listen to some real heavy metal, and your eyes shall be opened. Right now, just fuck off.

From: suck this Date: March 12, 2005 at 2:02
those are the difinition of black metal go to www nsbm slayer rules man0war is gay

From: Iron Man Date: July 22, 2005 at 12:31
Reign in Blood is the definitive thrash album. Its amazing to know that ever since its release in 1986 no other band has come close to matching its evil intensity. HAIL SATAN!

From: juan carlos Date: November 15, 2006 at 14:40

From: Slayer666 Date: June 17, 2007 at 22:48
Best Slayer album by far.

From: juan carlos Date: July 13, 2007 at 13:56
Hey but by SOOO FAAARR ehh, This album is the best THRASH METAL ALBUM EVER!! 'REIGN IN BLOOD' represents THRASH METAL STYLE. If you are not into THRASH METAL better not comment!! 1000000000000000000000/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: July 24, 2007 at 15:24
Benetah The Remains IS THE BEST THRASH METAL ALBUM!!! this album 8/10 Beneath The Remains 10/10. Sepultura RULES!!!

From: pie75 Date: April 18, 2012 at 20:56
not sure i agree with you entirely unimpressed this is a great album and angel of death and raining blood are some of thier finer work but i agree with you wholehardedly slayer are overrated i seen them live with megadeth dave and co went on first and blew slayer away they're not in megadeth,(old metallica) or maiden's class but this is a thrash classic simple as that i may offend people but i think south of heaven was much better

From: fcmahlzeit Date: May 5, 2013 at 13:44
R.I.P Jeff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2021 at 19:39
What a difference good production makes! Enter Rick Rubin, who turns down the reverb and gives a crystal-clear, diamond-hard sound to Slayer's "next ten songseaz they self-deprecatingly referred to this metal landmark. The band continue to improve on their instruments as well, with classic riffs, those demented solos, and of course Lombardo's monstrous drumming. Thirty-five years later, with all manner of extreme metal available to terrorize your neighbors, Slayer may no longer be the ultimate in brutality, strictly speaking, but this record still packs an enormous wallop that is just undeniable. I might generally prefer the greater diversity of Seasons In The Abyss, but when I've had a really shitty day and am just fed up with humanity, it's Reign In Blood all the way.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 30, 2021 at 19:49
Highlights are of course "Angel Of Death" and its crushing midsection leading into the deranged guitar battle, and the indivisible "Postmortem" and "Raining Blood" (early pressings contained a mastering error that misplaced the transition between two songs by about forty seconds). Many delights lurk between those two bookends, however. At times, Tom has trouble keeping up vocally, reducing his lyrics to a frenzied babble that only enhances the unhinged character of the music. It's interesting to note how the two great thrash monoliths of 1986 take opposite approaches, with Metallica going for inqeasingly progressive compositions, and Slayer just bludgeoning you into submission in about half the time.

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