|1. Angel Of Death|
|2. Piece By Piece|
|4. Altar Of Sacrifice|
|5. Jesus Saves|
|6. Criminally Insane|
|10. Raining Blood|
|11. Aggressive Perfector|
|12. Criminally Insane|
I find it a source of great amusement hearing some of the praise lavished upon the current crop of metal bands when not a single one of them has come even close to making as perfect an album as Reign In Blood. From Araya's introductory scream at the outset of the controversial 'Angel Of Death' to the final rainstorm that closes this 28 minutes of thunderous mayhem (controlled), nothing else exists outside of the listener and the record.
Everybody appears to favour a different track on the album. For me, 'Post Mortem' is the very essence of both Slayer and the much maligned genre that is Heavy Metal. Even if you hate extreme music you should buy this album if only to find out whether your stereo system is actually any good. If the opening chords to the aforementioned song don't blow you backwards, then you need a better stereo. Forget your ears, your walls should bleed when this is played at volume.
Reign In Blood - a record so damn heavy you practically need a crane to put it onto your turntable. No music fan can consider their collection complete until they own it, no matter what their taste in music otherwise. Enter to the realm of Satan...
Slayer are not the most extreme band in the world - they aren't the fastest, growliest or sickest - but they mix aggression and control like perhaps no other band in the world and Reign In Blood was their finest hour. Or half-hour, as the case may be. This album remains the high-watermark of the genre. Although I am a big fan of a lot of stuff in the extreme metal genre which followed RIB there is absolutely nothing that touches this for enduring aggression.
I have been listening to this album for almost fifteen years now (not continuously, you'll be pleased to know) and it still makes my muscles tense with excitement at its power, anger and sublime execution.
SLAYER - we salute you.
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