This is definitely, in my opinion, the best album Slayer have ever produced. I know everybody always goes on about how amazing 'Reign In Blood' is - and it is amazing - but this album is far more consistent and, though it doesn't contain such classics as 'Angel Of Death' and 'Raining Blood', the music contains far more variation and is generally better structured, with a greater focus on melodies than 'Reign In Blood', which relies, on the most part, on insane guitar riffs. This is one of the few albums I own (of any artist, not just Slayer) of which I genuinely love every single song. The music contains some of the most incredible drumming you will EVER hear (Dave Lombardo is a god) and although the album is often criticised for being markedly slower and more melodic than Slayer's previous efforts, it does not lose an ounce of the heaviness which makes Slayer the greatest thrash metal band of all time.
Key tracks: South Of Heaven, Behind The Crooked Cross, Mandatory Suicide, Spill The Blood