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Release date: 5 July 1988
Style: Thrash metal

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01. South Of Heaven
02. Silent Scream
03. Live Undead
04. Behind The Crooked Cross
05. Mandatory Suicide
06. Ghosts Of War
07. Read Between The Lies
08. Cleanse The Soul
09. Dissident Aggressor [Judas Priest cover]
10. Spill The Blood

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Top 200 albums of all time: 158

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Guest review by
un4givendemon

Rating:
9.2
It's been 20 years since a masterpiece was left to us here on earth. 20 years of bleeding ears and head-banging; 20 years of Thrash at its finest. "South of Heaven" is not only a milestone for metal; it created a standard for all Thrash to follow. Slayer burst onto the scene like only Satan's minions could and rocked our bodies until our brains were sore. This album is fierce; it's powerful; it's metal.

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published 09.09.2007 | Comments (28)

Guest review by
Stuart

Rating:
9.5
After the worldwide exposure Slayer received for their previous release, Reign in Blood, the anticipation for its follow-up was immense. They had already pushed the boundaries of Thrash Metal to its extremities, what could they possibly come up with to tread anywhere even close to that? In South of Heaven they gave the perfect answer to all the sceptics.

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published 16.04.2008 | Comments (3)

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Angelic Storm - 28.11.2010 at 06:41  
Rating: 10 My favourite Slayer album.

This album has a chilling atmosphere and sound, which is the main reason its my fave Slayer album. Also, the pacing of the album is perfect. Murderous slow burners like the title track and "Mandatory Suicide", are the perfect foil for scorching thrashers like "Silent Scream" and the criminally underrated "Cleanse The Soul". The oppressive and haunting sound is unlike anything on any other Slayer album. Which probably has something to do with the production as well as the songs themselves. (as well as Tom Araya changing his vocal style for this album) Parts like the spine tingling ending to "Mandatory Suicide", and the crazed finale of "Cleanse The Soul" still give me the shivers today! lol

"South Of Heaven" for me is the Slayer album that has it all. Chilling atmosphere, fast songs, slower songs, perfect pacing, and the quality of the songs themselves is imo very high. Most consider "Reign In Blood" or "Seasons In The Abyss" to be the peak of Slayer, but to me the more silent, menacing gem in between those albums is their best work ever. xD
Mattybu - 21.07.2011 at 00:17  
  Great album, but I must say, Judas Priest's version of Dissident Aggressor (the original) is unbelievably so much better.
RavenKing - 28.07.2011 at 05:02  
  Only problem with this album is vocals. Imo, they really suck compared to any other Slayer album of that time.
Angelic Storm - 28.07.2011 at 09:06  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 28.07.2011 at 05:02

Only problem with this album is vocals. Imo, they really suck compared to any other Slayer album of that time.


I do think the fact that Tom altered his vocal delivery on this album is one of the main reasons why many people do not consider it a classic in the same way as say "Reign In Blood" or "Seasons In The Abyss". I myself thought the change was great, and fitted in with the different atmosphere they were going for on "South Of Heaven". But when you alter something so integral to a band's sound as vocals, then there are always going to be some who do not like the change, which is fair enough. xD

I remember hearing Kerry saying he doesn't like the way Tom sings on that album, so he agrees with you...
Death_95 - 05.09.2011 at 19:25  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2011 at 09:06

Written by RavenKing on 28.07.2011 at 05:02

Only problem with this album is vocals. Imo, they really suck compared to any other Slayer album of that time.


I do think the fact that Tom altered his vocal delivery on this album is one of the main reasons why many people do not consider it a classic in the same way as say "Reign In Blood" or "Seasons In The Abyss". I myself thought the change was great, and fitted in with the different atmosphere they were going for on "South Of Heaven". But when you alter something so integral to a band's sound as vocals, then there are always going to be some who do not like the change, which is fair enough. xD

I remember hearing Kerry saying he doesn't like the way Tom sings on that album, so he agrees with you...

What's wrong with the vocals ?
soadbyob - 09.09.2011 at 02:37  
 
Written by Death_95 on 05.09.2011 at 19:25

Written by Angelic Storm on 28.07.2011 at 09:06

Written by RavenKing on 28.07.2011 at 05:02

Only problem with this album is vocals. Imo, they really suck compared to any other Slayer album of that time.


I do think the fact that Tom altered his vocal delivery on this album is one of the main reasons why many people do not consider it a classic in the same way as say "Reign In Blood" or "Seasons In The Abyss". I myself thought the change was great, and fitted in with the different atmosphere they were going for on "South Of Heaven". But when you alter something so integral to a band's sound as vocals, then there are always going to be some who do not like the change, which is fair enough. xD

I remember hearing Kerry saying he doesn't like the way Tom sings on that album, so he agrees with you...

What's wrong with the vocals ?


Agreed. Tom's voice aint that good, but thats the glory of Fuckin Slayer!
Death_95 - 14.09.2011 at 03:09  
 
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Agreed. Tom's voice aint that good, but thats the glory of Fuckin Slayer!

Agreed!
musicalkaratekid - 26.02.2012 at 00:32  
Rating: 9 I'd say slayer had obviously matured since 'reign in blood' to release an album like this two years after. Its not that the pace slowed down, as evident on song such as 'silent scream' or 'behind the crroked cross', just that there were actual well-structured songs on 'south of heaven'. The second installment of the mighty trio, as i like to say.
JohnDoe - 26.02.2012 at 00:36  
  My favorite Slayer album as well.

nothing more to say
RokBoks - 07.09.2012 at 19:35  
Rating: 10 Fuckin' great album just feels evil
Solid: /5
megadeath13 - 09.11.2012 at 22:54  
  Their most mature album of the 80s but still as evil and aggressive like the others. Live undead or mendatory suicide are just amazing.
Maco - 23.12.2012 at 07:42  
Rating: 8 Good album, just good
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.01.2013 at 23:36  
Rating: 5 I find this album profoundly boring.
Ace Frawley - 19.01.2013 at 14:10  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.01.2013 at 23:36

I find this album profoundly boring.


Oh well, I suppose that's okay then. I think it's a pretty good album. Certainly doesn't bore me.
Cill O' Connor - 19.01.2013 at 14:15  
  "somethingsomething south of HEAVVVEEEEEEEENNNNNNNN!!!"

Awesome

Fans of death metal should check out Decapitated's cover of Mandatory Suicide
Illog1cal - 25.03.2013 at 20:15  
  I think Hell Awaits is the cream of the crop for Slayer but I would put this album second best.
Angelic Storm - 31.03.2013 at 13:30  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 25.03.2013 at 20:15

I think Hell Awaits is the cream of the crop for Slayer but I would put this album second best.


For me, "Hell Awaits" and "South Of Heaven" are the two best Slayer albums.
Megamachinica18 - 06.04.2013 at 17:55  
Rating: 9 Favourite slayer album next to show no mercy
belphegor666 - 07.07.2013 at 02:12  
  Always when i am with my dad in the car we are listening to this album headbanging and singing the lyrics without givin' a fuck what's goin on around us and always in Volume 100...On And On South Of Heaveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen ...
Best Slayer album ever...
sbuswell - 08.07.2013 at 06:01  
Rating: 10 This is Slayer's third best album behind Seasons and Reign but not by a lot. It's awesome all the way through. After Seasons when Dave left they had some weaker albums until GHUA (Bostaph is a monster) and then Christ Illusion and WPB were both solid to great albums.
pkillerjp - 18.02.2014 at 18:01  
Rating: 10 This is peak Slayer, and quite a step up from the humorously over rated Reign in Blood album. This is where they figured out you have to build up the thrashers with melodic parts and throw in mid paced songs to create atmosphere. This album is more influenced by 80s Metallica than most Slayer die hards are willing to admit, and flourishes because of the fact. They would build on this a bit in their next album and then totally abandon it later in their career. The Priest cover is ballsy and they pull it off, instead of trying to imitate Halford and Priest (which is impossible) they make it sound like a Slayer song, even the lyrics fit Slayer's image at the time. South of Heaven undoubtedly has Slayer's most classic and great obscure tracks to be found in it. Simply a great album.
deadone - 03.04.2014 at 08:28  
Rating: 9 Still a delicious listening experience to this day. Those massive sounding riffs, memorable hooks and overall oppressive vibe is just awesome.


And how can one not love an album where they sing about "cunting daughters"?!?

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