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South Of Heaven

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Category: Death/Speed Metal

Year: 1988

Label: Def Jam Recordings

Catalog Number: 9 24203-2

Average Rating: 90 / 100 (7 ratings)

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Slayer South Of Heaven Album Cover

Tom Araya bass, vocals
Kerry King guitars
Jeff Hanneman guitars
Dave Lombardo drums
1.  South Of Heaven  5:00
2.  Silent Scream  3:02
3.  Live Undead  3:51
4.  Behind The Crooked Cross  3:12
5.  Mandatory Suicide  4:03
6.  Ghosts Of War  3:55
7.  Read Between The Lines  3:21
8.  Cleanse The Soul  3:01
9.  Dissident Aggressor  2:34  Cover: Judas Priest
10.  Spill The Blood  4:48
Total Running Time:  36:47

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Big Papa K Date: July 10, 2004 at 0:20
How can no one have commented on this one? To me, this is Slayer at their peak. They have slowed down the tempo on this album, but a lot of the songs have a great atmosphere to them. The heaviness has not been decreased either. The title track and "Behind The Crooked Cross" are among the band's best songs.

From: Kingbin. Date: July 11, 2004 at 3:08
'Whop'from Melbourne,Australia.

From: Metalhead66 Date: December 8, 2004 at 12:38
When a band puts out a record such as Raining Blood,it's hard to follow up with something....Well all ears will be Judging the outcome. This was a Fucking Great way to silence the critics..It fuckin Slays....9/10

From: Ghostofwar Date: January 24, 2005 at 10:15
I agree with Metalhead66 but i would give it 10/10

From: Date: February 17, 2005 at 11:54
South of heaven is probably one of best thrash metal album next to Metallica's Kill 'em All and Megadeth's Peace sells. Slayer did the Judas Priest cover fuckin bad ass. Priest would be proud.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 9, 2006 at 16:05
Great Thrash Metal album, Uff que decir de este Diamante del Thrash personalmente tambien el mejor de la banda muchos diran que Reign es mejor pero este tiene mas ritmo al compas y no tan desenfrenado como el Reign, la critica y prensa "especializada" dijera en su momento que fue lo peor de la banda jaja me los paso por el huev.. a la prensa especializada ese tipo de temas acompasados se ven en Behind The Crooked Cross, South Of Heaven, Mandatory Suicide, Ghosts Of War 9.5/10 Jewel

From: juan carlos Date: November 15, 2006 at 14:50
Claro que sí, otro clásico del Thrash Metal. soy fan acérrimo de Slayer y para mí este es otra obra de arte. Claro, diferente al Reign In Blood (para mí su obra cumbre) pues este es más limpio y mas técnico. "Mandatory Suicide" TEMAZOOO!! "South Of Heaven" otra joya. Hail Slayerrrr!!! 9.8/10

From: pie75 Date: April 18, 2012 at 20:58
slayers finest hour the title track is a masterpiece also like silent scream,live undead,mendatory suicede,behind the crooked cross and spill the blood fine stuff

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 1, 2014 at 20:07
Classic Slayer album with some songs that made the band huge in its style...not a killing album to me but solid enough to grab anybody's attention..."South Of Heaven" is the best cut in here IMO...some other good moments are tracks 4,5,6 & 7...83/100

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 1, 2014 at 16:33
The opening riff on the title track, the first thing you hear on the disc, has to be one of the most evil-sounding riffs ever! People were shocked, and some even squawked "Sellout!" because South Of Heaven doesn't have the constant, blazing speed of Reign In Blood. There are definitely moments of it, but Slayer shows how slow thrash can still be deadly in its own way. Overall though, I don't think South Of Heaven is quite as strong as either Reign In Blood or Seasons In The Abyss, but it's still one of the three classic Slayer albums. My favorites: the title track, "Behind The Crooked Cross," "Mandatory Suicide," "Read Between The Lies" and "Spill The Blood."

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