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Release date: 7 October 1986
Style: Thrash metal

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01. Angel Of Death
02. Piece By Piece
03. Necrophobic
04. Altar Of Sacrifice
05. Jesus Saves
06. Criminally Insane
07. Reborn
08. Epidemic
09. Postmortem
10. Raining Blood
11. Aggressive Perfector [1998 Re-release bonus]
12. Criminally Insane [remix version] [1998 Re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1986: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 27

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya - vocals, bass
Kerry Ray King - guitars
Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman - guitars
David "Dave" Lombardo - drums


Additional info
Produced by Rick Rubin and Slayer.
Engineered by Andy Wallace.
Mixed at New Fresh, N.Y.C.
Mastered by Howie Weinberg.

Guest review by
Edible Autopsy

Rating:
10
The greatest metal record of all time. This topic is often debated upon in the Metal Kingdom and to most there is no definite answer. A worthy contender for this title is Slayer's 1986 masterpiece, Reign In Blood. Few albums withstand the test of time as well and even fewer have had such a huge impact on the metal world as this one.

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published 24.09.2003 | Comments (59)

Guest review by
Stuart

Rating:
9.2
Where does one begin reviewing an album with as much hype and influence as this? An album branded as revolutionary and with such a fanatical following. It is always going to be a difficult task, so I ask that for a moment we forget the hype surrounding this album and we look at the musical value it holds.

Reign in Blood was in many ways a brave new world for Slayer. It had a completely different sound to anything before it; they abandoned all the pretentiousness of the long, drawn out, complex song structures they had experimented with on Haunting the Chapel and Hell Awaits. In this, it was far more accessible, yet they didn't sacrifice any of their integrity or alienate any of their core fan base. Their intention was quite clear, that this was to be the fastest, heaviest, angriest music ever to be unleashed on human ears.

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published 04.04.2008 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
Mindheist

Rating:
4.5
For more than a decade, Slayer has proudly fused thrash and speed metal into loud, offering doomish dirges, voraciously boisterous and blasphemous songs groaning over lyrics that depict madness, suicide and murder in excess, a style which should definetly suit a ten-year-old metalhead. On October 7, 1986, Slayer released what was to become their masterpiece, "Reign In Blood". An album discribed by Kerrang! Magazine as "the heaviest album of all time" and peaked at number 22 on Metal Storm's "top 100 albums of all time" survey, a position that only "the crème de la crème" bands could get. Believe me, reviewing a very popular album from a very popular band isn't easy at all, but sometimes justice must be done.

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published 14.08.2008 | Comments (186)

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Boxcar Willy - 11.05.2010 at 18:46  
Rating: 8 ANGEL OF DEATH!!! MARTYR TO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAD!!!
soadbyob - 11.05.2010 at 22:03  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 11.05.2010 at 18:46

ANGEL OF DEATH!!! MARCH TO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAD!!!


IMFAMOUS BUTCHER. ANGEL OF DEATH!!!
slay_tallica - 27.08.2010 at 01:49  
  28 Minutes of fucken shredding this album kicks ass
devil's child. - 22.11.2010 at 03:30  
  Absolute brilliant album.
as an early teen, my halloween outfit was the 'angel of death'.
thankyou slayer
vezzy - 22.11.2010 at 06:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 22.11.2010 at 03:30

Absolute brilliant album.
as an early teen, my halloween outfit was the 'angel of death'.
thankyou slayer


You dressed as Josef Mengele?
devil's child. - 28.11.2010 at 00:43  
 
Written by vezzy on 22.11.2010 at 06:39

Written by Guest on 22.11.2010 at 03:30

Absolute brilliant album.
as an early teen, my halloween outfit was the 'angel of death'.
thankyou slayer


You dressed as Josef Mengele?


ehhh not exactly.
hey, i was young!
Angelic Storm - 28.11.2010 at 06:22  
Rating: 10 Although I do slightly prefer the two albums its sandwiched between, ("Hell Awaits" and "South Of Heaven") this is still an immense album and really rose the bar for unhinged manic aggression in thrash. Quite rightly regarded as a total classic metal album. xD
Doc Godin - 06.12.2010 at 03:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Guest on 11.05.2010 at 22:03

Written by Boxcar Willy on 11.05.2010 at 18:46

ANGEL OF DEATH!!! MARCH TO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAD!!!


IMFAMOUS BUTCHER. ANGEL OF DEATH!!!

RANDOM POINTLESS SPAM POST IN ALL CAPS.

All spamming aside, it's really the only Slayer album I've thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.
RavenKing - 06.12.2010 at 03:48  
  This album is good but it's really not my favorite from Slayer. I find it too much one-dimensional and think it lacks variation.
It's an important album, however, as it paved the way to more extreme music by its speed and level of aggression that was unmatched at the time. It's an album that pushed the boundaries.
Lit. - 18.01.2011 at 02:17  
  Apocalypse Music right here.
Hellchain666 - 23.02.2011 at 12:50  
Rating: 9 This is an amazing album. All the songs are amazing, if you haven't got this album then what the fuck are you waiting for? GET THE ALBUM ALREADY! \m/
ErnilEnNaur - 27.02.2011 at 01:40  
 
Written by Hellchain666 on 23.02.2011 at 12:50

This is an amazing album. All the songs are amazing, if you haven't got this album then what the fuck are you waiting for?


The day I no longer give a rat's ass about vocals. Seriously, I'd prefer they had no vocals at all. Also, the songs are too short. Just when I begin to enjoy a riff, the song's over already. Of all the albums loved by the average metal head, this one's my least favourite, it doesn't hold a candle to Peace Sells or Master of Puppets. And one more thing: the Hail Satan! crap is just ridiculous. It's the other side of the coin of silliness from Sonata Arctica's "Read the bible, or burn in hell!" Of all the things a band can say in their lyrics, preaching to their audience is by far the fastest way to make me want ignore them.
Deadmeat - 27.02.2011 at 13:38  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 27.02.2011 at 01:40

1.I'd prefer they had no vocals at all.
2.Also, the songs are too short. Just when I begin to enjoy a riff, the song's over already.
3.Of all the albums loved by the average metal head, this one's my least favourite, it doesn't hold a candle to Peace Sells

1. probably the best vocal work from Araya. TOTAL THRASHY and VIOLENT. cause it is thrash metal.
2. fast, angry and violent songs cause it is thrash metal. and surely thrash metal can have longer songs with awesome riffing and so is "angel of death". the other are just a violent ode to the greatness of extremity.
3. sorry but peace sells from the gay mustaine? what an awesome vocals, right? OMG! at least Araya's vocals are thrashy...
ErnilEnNaur - 28.02.2011 at 12:58  
 
Written by Deadmeat on 27.02.2011 at 13:38

1. probably the best vocal work from Araya. TOTAL THRASHY and VIOLENT. cause it is thrash metal.
2. fast, angry and violent songs cause it is thrash metal. and surely thrash metal can have longer songs with awesome riffing and so is "angel of death". the other are just a violent ode to the greatness of extremity.
3. sorry but peace sells from the gay mustaine? what an awesome vocals, right? OMG! at least Araya's vocals are thrashy...


1. If you say so...

2. To me it sounds like: let's finish this fast, so no one can detect that we don't have any ideas for a longer song. Good songs, just like good sex, should last a little bit longer than 2 minutes. These are rules that I just made up and I am backing them up with RTL.

3. Mustaine's gay? Good for him for coming out of the closet. And yes, I actually prefer Mustaine's vocals, always have and always will. The songs on Peace sells... (as well as RIP and the other good albums) actually make me want to sing along, which never happened with Reign In Blood, Megadeth's vocal parts form a symbiosis with the guitars and the rhythm section, but with Slayer, the vocals (hehee...vocals) are just there. I gave them 7/10 for their technical abilities and fast (but not enjoyable nor memorable) solos, but honestly, I still feel like I am being too kind.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll go listen to Peace Sells, to revitalize my love for Thrash.
Deadmeat - 28.02.2011 at 17:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 28.02.2011 at 12:58

I'll go listen to Peace Sells, to revitalize my love for Thrash.

really i cannot see how there are people like you who like extreme metal but prefer the gay area thrash...
ErnilEnNaur - 28.02.2011 at 17:06  
 
Written by Deadmeat on 28.02.2011 at 17:00

Written by Guest on 28.02.2011 at 12:58

I'll go listen to Peace Sells, to revitalize my love for Thrash.

really i cannot see how there are people like you who like extreme metal but prefer the gay area thrash...


Yeah, having poor eyesight can be a bitch.
Boxcar Willy - 09.03.2011 at 18:43  
Rating: 8
Written by Lit. on 18.01.2011 at 02:17

Apocalypse Music right here.

Damn straight
RavenKing - 10.03.2011 at 00:11  
 
Written by Deadmeat on 28.02.2011 at 17:00

Written by Guest on 28.02.2011 at 12:58

I'll go listen to Peace Sells, to revitalize my love for Thrash.

really i cannot see how there are people like you who like extreme metal but prefer the gay area thrash...


I see where you're coming from. I'm a big lover of extreme Thrash but I have no interest in American Thrash.
I know what you mean by gay area Thrash, even if I find the expression a bit exaggerated.
Deadmeat - 10.03.2011 at 11:36  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 10.03.2011 at 00:11

even if I find the expression a bit exaggerated.

it surely is. and i know that i may offend someone by saying this. so that's why i'm trying to use it only against people who "deserve" it.
TrollandDie - 14.06.2011 at 18:12  
Rating: 8 Not bad but I never quite understood why it's so praised. Sure, the Aushwitz inspired lyrics and the machine gun riffing add a lot of extremity at a time when thrash was still rising from its tamer roots but I feel it lacks any depth. Most of the songs are just straight up mach 10 speed without a lot of variety. The riffs are fun at first but get quite repetitive and the bite-sized songs for the most part leave me without a big impression (unlike say....'Darkness Descends'.) Also Tom's voice never got me as well-there isn't any love from me in that department and it feels like the music goes hand in hand with a more death-thrash-oriented vocalist.

Don't get me wrong, I still like it (and I play it somewhat frequently) and respect these guys a LOT. It's just that I never got why it's so praised compared to other greats released alongside it that year.
Death_95 - 27.06.2011 at 12:54  
  What are they thinking about when they're writing their lyrics ?
Cynic Metalhead - 19.07.2011 at 00:53  
Rating: 9 One of my favorites.
king_matt - 20.07.2011 at 05:41  
Rating: 9 I don't see it as their best album. I feel as though all the other tracks are sandwiched in between Angel of Death and Raining Blood. But it was highly influential, I'll give it that.
Guib - 20.07.2011 at 06:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Death_95 on 27.06.2011 at 12:54

What are they thinking about when they're writing their lyrics ?


probably thinking about killing stuff in a cruel way... I guess
aerobat97 - 31.07.2011 at 06:33  
  In my opinion, this is the best Slayer album.
JCJen7 - 31.07.2011 at 08:02  
 
Written by Guest on 27.02.2011 at 01:40

Written by Hellchain666 on 23.02.2011 at 12:50

This is an amazing album. All the songs are amazing, if you haven't got this album then what the fuck are you waiting for?


the Hail Satan! crap is just ridiculous. It's the other side of the coin of silliness from Sonata Arctica's "Read the bible, or burn in hell!" Of all the things a band can say in their lyrics, preaching to their audience is by far the fastest way to make me want ignore them.


I'm not sure if you are joking, or just completely ignorant about this album. Try not to stereotype entire bands by lyrical themes in some songs. This album hardly ever even mentions satan, and when it does, it hardly means satan as in the theistic being, but more as a 'boogie-man' role, for shock value. This album relies almost entirely on gory, or 'shocking' lyrics, but nothing on here is trying to preach satanic messages. Tom Araya himself is Christian, and I doubt he would use his band as a pedestal to preach a religion that is so contradictory to his own.
ErnilEnNaur - 31.07.2011 at 10:13  
 
Written by JCJen7 on 31.07.2011 at 08:02

I'm not sure if you are joking, or just completely ignorant about this album. Try not to stereotype entire bands by lyrical themes in some songs. This album hardly ever even mentions satan, and when it does, it hardly means satan as in the theistic being, but more as a 'boogie-man' role, for shock value. This album relies almost entirely on gory, or 'shocking' lyrics, but nothing on here is trying to preach satanic messages. Tom Araya himself is Christian, and I doubt he would use his band as a pedestal to preach a religion that is so contradictory to his own.


Indeed I am quite ignorant of Araya's beliefs, as I am quite ignorant of Tony Kakko's beliefs (the "read the bible" Sonata Arctica guy). I don't care enough to learn about band members' personal beliefs, especially when the band's music leaves me with a "meh" feeling. I had nothing but lyrics to go one when writing about the album. The bottom line being: I cannot take a band seriously, when they sing "Hail Satan!" or "Jesus Saves!" and this has nothing to do with my beliefs or my non-beliefs. I just can't take it seriously, even if they sang about how intelligent design is bullshit, which is something that I agree with 100%. It's possible that they don't want to be taken seriously, in which case their mission has been accomplished.
JCJen7 - 31.07.2011 at 10:32  
 
Written by Guest on 31.07.2011 at 10:13

Written by JCJen7 on 31.07.2011 at 08:02

I'm not sure if you are joking, or just completely ignorant about this album. Try not to stereotype entire bands by lyrical themes in some songs. This album hardly ever even mentions satan, and when it does, it hardly means satan as in the theistic being, but more as a 'boogie-man' role, for shock value. This album relies almost entirely on gory, or 'shocking' lyrics, but nothing on here is trying to preach satanic messages. Tom Araya himself is Christian, and I doubt he would use his band as a pedestal to preach a religion that is so contradictory to his own.


Indeed I am quite ignorant of Araya's beliefs, as I am quite ignorant of Tony Kakko's beliefs (the "read the bible" Sonata Arctica guy). I don't care enough to learn about band members' personal beliefs, especially when the band's music leaves me with a "meh" feeling. I had nothing but lyrics to go one when writing about the album. The bottom line being: I cannot take a band seriously, when they sing "Hail Satan!" or "Jesus Saves!" and this has nothing to do with my beliefs or my non-beliefs. I just can't take it seriously, even if they sang about how intelligent design is bullshit, which is something that I agree with 100%. It's possible that they don't want to be taken seriously, in which case their mission has been accomplished.

Wow, spoken like a true politician. Ignore 90% of my post, and twist the other 10% around to create your argument. I already knew that you wouldn't know Araya's beliefs, because you haven't even paid enough attention to the band to realize that this album has nothing to do with "hail satan".
ErnilEnNaur - 31.07.2011 at 13:47  
 
Written by JCJen7 on 31.07.2011 at 10:32

Wow, spoken like a true politician. Ignore 90% of my post, and twist the other 10% around to create your argument. I already knew that you wouldn't know Araya's beliefs, because you haven't even paid enough attention to the band to realize that this album has nothing to do with "hail satan".


Why don't you just calm down. The lyrics Hail Satan! were present in one of the songs. I find it ridiculous and that's it. If they weren't serious with that shit (Satanism cannot be taken seriously anyway), that's fine. I still find it silly.
moben - 11.10.2011 at 21:26  
  This album is very enjoyable.
Mattybu - 13.10.2011 at 02:01  
 
Written by Guest on 31.07.2011 at 13:47

Written by JCJen7 on 31.07.2011 at 10:32

Wow, spoken like a true politician. Ignore 90% of my post, and twist the other 10% around to create your argument. I already knew that you wouldn't know Araya's beliefs, because you haven't even paid enough attention to the band to realize that this album has nothing to do with "hail satan".


Why don't you just calm down. The lyrics Hail Satan! were present in one of the songs. I find it ridiculous and that's it. If they weren't serious with that shit (Satanism cannot be taken seriously anyway), that's fine. I still find it silly.


Yeah that is true, Altar of Sacrafice, has lyrics like "speak the sacred words of praise, hail satan" or something along those lines... Weird how I have listened to that one 140+ times and can't even remember them exactly. I would say just embrace the vibe man, but I get what you mean about lyrics like that being a little silly.

Still this one is my favourite album of all time
musicalkaratekid - 30.01.2012 at 19:30  
Rating: 9 Slightly overrated...i say 'slightly' because it is still a brilliant record in my opinion, but not quite slayer's best (it is personal preference). 'Reign in Blood' is basically the album that defines traditional thrash metal, but that's all. However, slayer make it look easy, however short the album may be.
Pelagial - 01.03.2012 at 20:52  
Rating: 10 Omg Trash god
Mattybu - 18.03.2012 at 23:55  
 
Written by Pelagial on 01.03.2012 at 20:52

Omg Trash god




That's what a trash god looks like.

I think that spelling mistake is so common there's probably a huge chunk of people that think Trash Metal is a real genre.
vezzy - 18.03.2012 at 23:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Mattybu on 18.03.2012 at 23:55
I think that spelling mistake is so common there's probably a huge chunk of people that think Trash Metal is a real genre.


There is.

90% of all metal falls into that genre.
Mattybu - 19.03.2012 at 03:51  
 
Written by vezzy on 18.03.2012 at 23:57

Written by Mattybu on 18.03.2012 at 23:55
I think that spelling mistake is so common there's probably a huge chunk of people that think Trash Metal is a real genre.


There is.

90% of all metal falls into that genre.


[cynicism]Well, closer to 100% but whatever.[/cynicism]
Neiluria - 31.05.2012 at 23:47  
Rating: 10 The kings of thrash metal.
Cuca Beludo - 07.06.2012 at 21:24  
  This shit is brutal as hell! Best guitarrists ever
Paw!! - 28.08.2012 at 16:06  
Rating: 8 If you perfect person please make a band and beat them. If you can't you should kick your stupid f*ckin' brain ! I was a big fan of them Please don't their despicable
LordHypnos - 05.10.2012 at 03:42  
Rating: 8 Pretty good album, but I don't think it deserves a 9 or 10. Highlights: Angel Of Death (easily the best song in the album), Postmortem and Raining Blood.
Angelic Storm - 28.10.2012 at 02:02  
Rating: 10
Written by LordHypnos on 05.10.2012 at 03:42

Pretty good album, but I don't think it deserves a 9 or 10. Highlights: Angel Of Death (easily the best song in the album), Postmortem and Raining Blood.


Although I find the album to be slightly overrated, the song Angel Of Death definitely is not. It is rightly regarded as one of the greatest and most iconic metal songs of all time. As far as album openers go, Angel Of Death is pretty much as good as you can get!
LordHypnos - 28.10.2012 at 16:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.10.2012 at 02:02

Written by LordHypnos on 05.10.2012 at 03:42

Pretty good album, but I don't think it deserves a 9 or 10. Highlights: Angel Of Death (easily the best song in the album), Postmortem and Raining Blood.


Although I find the album to be slightly overrated, the song Angel Of Death definitely is not. It is rightly regarded as one of the greatest and most iconic metal songs of all time. As far as album openers go, Angel Of Death is pretty much as good as you can get!

You say it's slightly overrated, and you rate it with a 10?
Angelic Storm - 28.10.2012 at 17:39  
Rating: 10
Written by LordHypnos on 28.10.2012 at 16:37
You say it's slightly overrated, and you rate it with a 10?


Yes, because it is rightly regarded as a landmark album, and for upping the ante in thrash. Overall, song wise, I do see it as slightly overrated, but for me it's still a 10 because the album was unique at the time... A kick in the head for the thrash genre, definitely!
LordHypnos - 28.10.2012 at 17:47  
Rating: 8
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.10.2012 at 17:39

Written by LordHypnos on 28.10.2012 at 16:37
You say it's slightly overrated, and you rate it with a 10?


Yes, because it is rightly regarded as a landmark album, and for upping the ante in thrash. Overall, song wise, I do see it as slightly overrated, but for me it's still a 10 because the album was unique at the time... A kick in the head for the thrash genre, definitely!

I see.
Angelic Storm - 28.10.2012 at 18:33  
Rating: 10
Written by LordHypnos on 28.10.2012 at 17:47
I see.


I hope so!
Cynic Metalhead - 28.10.2012 at 19:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.10.2012 at 17:39

Written by LordHypnos on 28.10.2012 at 16:37
You say it's slightly overrated, and you rate it with a 10?


Yes, because it is rightly regarded as a landmark album, and for upping the ante in thrash. Overall, song wise, I do see it as slightly overrated, but for me it's still a 10 because the album was unique at the time... A kick in the head for the thrash genre, definitely!


QFT


Srs, "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. "
Angelic Storm - 28.10.2012 at 20:45  
Rating: 10
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.10.2012 at 19:51
QFT


Srs, "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. "


Except that I don't have a newsletter...
Cynic Metalhead - 29.10.2012 at 06:20  
Rating: 9
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.10.2012 at 20:45

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 28.10.2012 at 19:51
QFT


Srs, "Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. "


Except that I don't have a newsletter...


Yeah, instead of newsletter it should be "AngelicThrashMetalopinions".
bblitz - 30.10.2012 at 20:12  
Rating: 10 What can I say?There are no words that can describe this fantastic piece of metal history.Created by the undisputed kings this
album is pure thrash metal at its best.I think there is something inhuman about this album.Must have for every metalhead.
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 22:52  
  Pure perfection!! This are the best 29 minutes in the Thrash Metal History.

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