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Slayer's Reign in Blood (33 1/3) [Kindle Edition]

D.X. Ferris
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Issued on America's premier rap label at the peak of the thrash metal movement, Slayer's controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, a seamless 29-minute procession of ten blindingly fast, apocalyptic songs. The first English book about Slayer explores the creation of the most universally respected metal album and its long road to the stores, through original interviews with the entire band, producer Rick Rubin, engineer Andy Wallace, cover artist Larry Carroll, and Def Jam insiders from Russell Simmons to M.C. Serch. From Tori Amos to Pantera's Phil Anselmo, dozens of fans and artists discuss the record's ongoing impact and Slayer's status in the small fraternity of rock's greatest groups.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LGSQ4E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing to a 'Behind The Music' 21 Dec. 2009
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Like the album it documents, D.X. Ferris's book is short and free of fat. However unlike it, it has more than a few typo bum notes and inarticulate observations by celebrity fans. ("That bit's *effing* cool!")

On the positive though what you get for the smallest value note in your pocket is a textual equivalent of a behind-the-music documentary.
It begins by briefly detailing their pre-breakthrough years and how they came to forge an unlikely alliance with a rap label and 'producer'. Then it examines the genesis of the album, through to recording and difficulties in getting it put out for public consumption on time.

There are small biographies on all the parties involved (Rubin, Slayer and their famous mixer Andy Wallace) and then it dissects the layers of the iconic album art and the songs themselves.
Once you've read through this book you will want to play the album there and then as this does make it sound appealing to perhaps even someone who may not even like the album.

If there was some tighter quality control (for instance South Of Heaven is mentioned as being released in 1998 instead of 1988 twice) this would perhaps be a definitive book on the entire band let alone the album itself.
Slayer's not a group whose music needs too much scrutiny, which is why the dunderhead quote of "*effing* Slayer" is sometimes very succinct.

All in all a decent throwaway cheap read. I did learn things from it I never had before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's in E flat! ;-) 5 Jun. 2015
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Pretty good read but it's littered with spelling mistakes. There's mention of Phil Anselmo contributing his thoughts but honestly I can't even remember him saying a single thing in the book.
However, the thoughts of Kerry, Dave, Tom and, in particular, Jeff are really worth reading.
The author doesn't seem to be a musician so don't expect any great detail in his dissection of the songs (from my memory of the Jethro Tull book in this series that was MUCH more in-depth). The one time I remember a discussion about the technical aspects was when some guy talks about how amazing it was that Slayer could make this album so heavy yet still tuned to E standard (like Metallica did on Kill 'Em All). Well, anyone trying to play guitar to this album in E standard will have a hard time doing it, since it's in E flat!

I really did enjoy this book, just would have liked it to have been a bit more detailed. Still, the band members themselves don't seem to have great memories of the period so perhaps it's not the authors fault if he doesn't know how the songs were recorded!

I have his other book about Slayer, the Jeff and Dave years. Hopefully there's a bit more meat in that one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reign in Blood dissected 13 Oct. 2008
This is an excellent book examining every angle of Slayers magnum opus 'Reign in Blood' with contributions from a wide range of Metal luminaries and general celebs, there's more information and credible opinion than you can shake a stick at. And the track by track comments will have you listening once again with a renewed interest to this unique album, offering little insights and tidbits that, for me anyway, added a new layer of enjoyment to hearing this beautiful 28min slab of granite again!

So if Lombardos' drum fills send you into a state of bliss and Kings insane, abstract solos wrench your mind from the clasp of your brain, then this book will be shaking the pom-poms in gleeful recognition!
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This miniature book is part of a great series on the best music albums of all time, and Slayer's seminal Reign in Blood certainly deserves it's place at the top of the tree. The book is written like an academic dissertation, dissecting every part of the album, the people behind it, the artwork, the humour, everything, and absorbs the reader in drum riffs and demonic guitar solos leaving them in no doubt as to the power and magic of this incredible album. This is a must have for any Slayer fan and also for anyone who is open minded enough to appreciate musical talent when they hear it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 16 Jan. 2015
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