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South of Heaven [Original recording reissued]

Slayer Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, Slayer assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard which all others continue to follow. Slayer - Tom Araya/bass and vocals, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - is the band that other ... Read more in Amazon's Slayer Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: American
  • ASIN: B000062YB3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. South Of Heaven
2. Silent Scream
3. Live Undead
4. Behind The Crooked Cross
5. Mandatory Suicide
6. Ghosts Of War
7. Read Between The Lies
8. Cleanse The Soul
9. Dissident Aggressor
10. Sill The Blood

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different � but still brilliant 27 Feb 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Following the full-on speed-burst insanity of Slayer's immense 3rd album Reign in Blood, 1988's follow-up record South of Heaven regularly gets the tag as Slayer's 'slow' album. That's not strictly accurate however, as this album is much more varied than Reign in Blood, ranging from the slow but majestic tracks South of Heaven and Spill the Blood through such mid-pace songs as Mandatory Suicide and Behind the Crooked Cross, and even taking in such tracks as Silent Scream and Cleanse the Soul, which are fast and furious enough to give anything on Reign in Blood a run for it's money. While South of Heaven cant compete with Reign in Blood for sheer speed and intensity there is probably a better quality of song-writing on display here, and ironically the general slowing down of the tracks actually makes Dave Lombardo's drums sound more impressive, as he now has the space to insert numerous immense tom rolls. Crucially South of Heaven sees Slayer still growing and experimenting with their sound - witness Tom Araya's narration on Mandatory Suicide, the intro from Chemical Warfare pasted onto the front of Ghosts of War, the twisted melodic singing on Behind the Crooked Cross and Spill the Blood, even the almost rap rhythm vocals of Read Between the Lies. Throughout the riffs are immense - just listen to the epic fade-out on the title track that loops backwards into the intro to the insane opening of Silent Scream and you'll be converted. Yes - it's different than the unbeatable Reign in Blood - but South of Heaven is still an essential metal classic in it's own right.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - best Slayer album! 30 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
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
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 21 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to all my old albums again, this time on digital media using the good quality equipment. It's been great, lovely to hear the music properly. One reason why I broadened my musical horizons from metal was that a lot of bands just rely on thrashing their guitars harder, shouting more, playing faster in order to make a more intense sound. It doesn't work. It just gets noisier instead.
But then I managed to get my hands on South of Heaven again and it really came back to me just how evil and intense the sound is. Absolutely excellent. Just oozing with heavy raw emotion, grinding angry guitar riffs, expressive vocals. Yes sure Reign in Blood is fast and all that, but this is the more intense album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind!!! 19 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Following an ablum like 'reign in blood' was always going to be hard, yet slayer have undoubtly succeeded here. This album has some absolutly amazing songs on like 'Ghosts of war, 'South of heaven' and 'Slient scream, however the remainig songs are brilliant aswell. This album has the correct mix of amazing lead guitars from King and Hanneman and brilliant vocals from Araya. This album is also much more structured than previous albums, like 'Show no mercy'. Defiantly the best album for people looking to buy their first slayer album. Slayer have produced some amazing albums over the years, including 'Reign in blood', 'Seasons in the abyss' and 'Divine intervention', however these are made to look pale in comparison to 'South of heaven'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
South of Heaven, the follow-up to the highly famed and genre defining standalone classic "reign in blood" returns not so much "continue where we left of" music but more of a varied, experimental and mature thrash.
Not wanting to give the wrong impression here, South of Heaven is as evil and furious Slayer as ever; and whenever the question comes around "what is my favourate slayer album" this definately would be it.

For me it's the unique evil feel that slayer portray's through it's music that has always fascinated me, and the reason that brought me to them in the first place over a decade ago.
South of Heaven, was my first taste of slayer and that the thought that i could be convinced into believing some of the "extremely contraversial" subject matters, and evilness at the time would been laughable.

And that's the beauty of South of Heaven, it's convincing and well written 80's thrash metal the kind they don't make anymore. nearly all 10 tracks here easily surpass a 9/10 by my reckoning and at least half a 10/10, partly becouse there are so many classics on here, title track, Behind the crooked cross, Mandatory suicide, Ghosts of war and Spill the blood being my personal highlights.

The content, as i mentioned earlier is abit more than the 100mph 30minute assaults on "Reign in Blood." Here we have a few longer pieces on offer such as "South of Heaven and Spill the blood" are both chilling to the bone and barely resembles speed thrash, whilst Live undead and Cleanse the soul are extremely fast and quickly lay-rest to claims that slayer had abandoned thrash, and of course the legendary riffs of "Behind the crooked cross and Mandatory suicide" lay-down further evidence that this rightly deserves it's place as one of their best albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pure honest metal
I have now 7 of thier albums and am still looking to get more and this album is one of the reasons I still am looking to add to my collection not one of thier albums has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a smashing album!
My fave Slayer album! I think this album is more fabulous than 'Reign In Blood'! 'Behind The Crooked Cross' is such great song! Yay! (R.I.P Jeff H.)
Published 12 months ago by CLINT McGAVIN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Slayers finest!!
Had to re buy this album, lost my earlier copy, bought 18 years ago. I'd buy it again if I lost it because it is that amazing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is one of the best Slayer album, along Reign in blood, Hell awaits and Seasons in the abbys (the Big Four for me :-))
A must have for all who love thrash metal.
Published 14 months ago by Istvan Bessenyei
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Super album, all time great and a welcome addition to my collection.
Really recommend to any hard rock fan from any era.
Published 15 months ago by stephen bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash the way it should be
A great album from a great metal group. Took me back to my youth growing up to this and many other albums. Nothing more to say.
Published 22 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Slayer Album
This is the first Slayer album I bought and it is without a doubt one of my favourate albums of all time. The only thing is every subsequent Slayer has been a disappointment. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Killotorian
5.0 out of 5 stars epic album
This as usual with slayer is an awesome album, some killer riffs solos and vocals, slayer are as usual the kings of heavy metal
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by C. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than reign in blood?
I dunno it's a close one on this they've slowed down a bit and its still awesome I can't decide which is better out of the two albums both are wonderful masterpieces stand out... Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort
Back in the day Slayer used to be quite quixotic. From the strange mix of glam and thrash on their debut to the almost doom metal stylings of Hell Awaits through to the out and out... Read more
Published on 30 July 2010 by ratmonkey
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