Sound — 10
Slayer's "Reign In Blood" is something of a phenomenom. Slayer re-wrote the rules of the term 'speed metal' with this album. Everything about it is just quick riffs, nutter drumming, and insanely high-pitched solos. The songs are compact, mostly around 2 minutes long. "Raining Blood" is the track that stands out the most, with it's very well-known opening riff. They don't get much better or faster than this.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrics are not the strong point of Slayer. Singing is the only bad thing about the mighty band. The lyrics have a rappish feel about them, and there usually isn't a lot of words in the songs, Tom (the singer/bassist) preferring to let the guitars to do the real singing.
Overall Impression — 9
Despite the bad singing, this is an absolute ripper album. You simply can't go wrong. Every song is brilliant, but "Raining Blood" really tops everything. I love the multiple riffs, and the inhumane solos which often end in high decibel-squeals. There are real musicians in this band, with undeniable raw talent. You can't go wrong!