Reign in Blood review by Slayer

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  • Released: Oct 7, 1986
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.4 (202 votes)
Slayer: Reign in Blood

Sound — 9
Slayer has never sounded so raw and powerful. Not even in their latest speed metal, headbanging hits, this album still rises up against them all. Critics and fans call this the God of thrash metal albums, and listening to it I can see why. The songs consist of heavy pulse-punding drumming, which is either playing a slow but damaging tune or going full blown speed metal with a sound that is so heavy it sounds like it could knock you out. But the drums aren't the only strong point to Reign in blood. The two guitarists play riifs and solos so fast it seems nearly immpossible to pull off, but infact it's done so well it creates an ear shattering experience. The lead vocalist also plays some mean bass riffs while screaming with pure rage down the microphone it sounds like the mic may explode at any time. All in all the bands music gives a genuine hardcore extreme listen which you will not find in any other Slayer album or any other metal album.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics consist of the ideas of pure Satanism, sarcasm about the bible and certain beiefs and any other topic that can be picked out that is bound to either offend, terrify or give tormenting head rushes to all metal fans. The lyrics are very unnerving and quite clevorly thought of, however there are a lot of contradictions and often the most extreme songs get so over the top they become laughable, however this is no reason to say the lyrics are bad as they are still some of the best lyrics ever conjured up in thrash metal for a long time. A certain topic would be picked for a song and then be screamed out whilst barely fitting in with the music or drums, but this is the style and it's one of the features that makes this album so rememberable.

Overall Impression — 9
As been said before, there is no thrash metal band or album that can top this, even if they tried. Slayer didn't create trash metal, they just perfected it to the best they can possibly get. Any thrash bands around today worship Reign in blood and attempt to top it but it's never been done and I doubt they will ever. The song Angel of Death is the opener to Reign in Blood and sets the tone perfectly with a speedy riff, pwerful drums kick in and before you know it, one of the heaviest songs ever made is hitting you hard and the scream from the lead vocalist just adds up the intensity. However good the other songs are on the album nothing can top Rainning Blood. The difinative thrash song and the difinative Slayer song. It starts off with life like storm sounds with a squeek from the guitarists and some heavy short drum beats. Then the thrash kicks in with sheer force. This album is so good because it's so raw and down to the bone. It doesnt't shy away or think it's getting too hardcore, it just does the most extreme and best thing it can do. The backing band do a fantastic job along with the lead singer. If you were to lose Reign In Blood, then that would be terrible, just quickly go out and buy another copy and check out some of their other albums like 'Seasons In The Abbys' or 'Show No Mercy', they are no Reign In Blood but they are a great listen and follow the same musical style, however Seasons goes into more experimental music which is also great.

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    Cpt. FLue
    Dave Lambardo isn't the best drummer in the world... cause he's just playing the same all the time.. he is good i don't say that.. its just a little too simple.. cause its just basicle alot of snare and bas drum...
    oh... THAT guy
    wow. i bought the album today. the album is kickass. Angel Of Death hits you like a kick in the teeth, and kepps on with this all the way to the end.raining blood is the best track on the album, this review won't be helpful, but this is slayer at the top of their game. 12/10