Reign in Blood review by Slayer

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  • Released: Oct 7, 1986
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (202 votes)
Slayer: Reign in Blood
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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!

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    steady666
    the albums crap songs are evened out by there good songs. i mean you cant go wrong with angel of death, postmortem and raining blood.
    smb
    Nihilistic means bleak, doomy, extremely pessimistic. Nihil is Latin for "nothing".
    toolfan_121
    hey, Quintin, I heard about a guy who carved SLAYER in his arm, and the band put a picture of it in one of their albums. I just thought that was cool.
    Qaphela
    555666 wrote: what the **** does nihilistic mean?
    nihilism is the belief that nothing is worth anything. and to 666slayer666 its actually kerry king and jeff hannemann who write the lyrics