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Reign In Blood

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Artist: Slayer
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 1986

Review by Ken
4 stars out of 4

Slayer put the full stop to breakneck thrash metal with this 1986 classic, which brought new definitions to speed and fury in music. 10 tracks surge by in just 25 minutes or so; seeking to cripple your hearing with their uncompromising heaviness and all-out aggression. The albums contains such classics as 'Postmortem', 'Raining Blood' and the incomparable 'Angel Of Death'- which features what is possibly one of the most sampled guitar riffs of all time: Public Enemy used it for their "She Watch Channel Zero" track, Senser worked it into their "What's Going On" song and it was even featured during the spider-transformation sequence in the movie GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH. The album created a lot of controversy upon its release because of its heavy Satanic imagery as well as for song topics dealing with blood sacrifices and Nazi horrors. But Slayer have always denied such claims; and even admitted years later that their whole Satan-worship outlook was just an image they manipulated in order for the band to "look" evil. In any event, the deranged aggression of the music on display here is so forceful and undeniable in its blood-pumping, adrenaline-inducing delivery that all you can do is allow yourself to be swept up by the manic currents of livid energy and uncontrollable excitement. No other speed metal album in rock history has sounded like this- or even come close to it. Even Slayer couldn't repeat the formula on all their subsequent album releases. Reign In Blood is truly one-of-a-kind.

Reader Feedback

I haven't heard all of "Reign" but sometimes play the '91 double live Slayer album when I'm in a foul mood. I thought the review was very fair and informative; let's face it, you know whether you want to listen to Slayer or not, so there's not much point in a reviewer complaining about the noise, morbidity etc.!    --Graham



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