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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: 22

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (11)

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

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.

published 24.09.2003 | Comments (59)

Guest review by

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.

published 04.04.2008 | Comments (17)

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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.

published 14.08.2008 | Comments (196)

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PrinceLink - 12.11.2012 at 21:19  
  Still one of the heaviest Thrash albums even today
Illog1cal - 02.01.2013 at 21:30  
  I think 'Criminally Insane', 'Reborn' and 'Epidemic' are rather weak songs and generally the album wears thin on the second half. The first half is pure gold though.
Angelic Storm - 03.01.2013 at 01:38  
Rating: 10 "Criminally Insane" is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion. Very intense, with some creepy riffage going on too! I would agree that the first half of the album is the stronger though.
Invader - 12.02.2013 at 15:46  
  Rating: 10 Best Record of all time \m/
Himedal - 28.04.2013 at 22:46  
Rating: 10 The best of all time. fucking awesome.
Maco - 19.10.2013 at 02:51  
Rating: 9 This is much better than I remember it was. But the band is still overrated and is not their best album. At least for me...
Angelic Storm - 19.10.2013 at 05:43  
Rating: 10
Written by Reality03 on 12.09.2013 at 21:48


I wouldn't go that far (I wouldn't even call it Slayer's best album), but it is certainly one of the most important albums in the history of metal. It's level of ferocity at the time of it's release makes it a landmark metal album, and especially in the world of extreme metal. This album arguably, had more influence on the sub-genres of extreme metal than any other, in general terms.
Paw!! - 13.04.2014 at 13:48  
Rating: 8 All Metalhead should go have this album or die!!
Angel N. - 14.12.2014 at 12:12  
Rating: 7 Am I the only one who thinks that the album is not that great to rate it with 9 or 10 ? It's too overrated.
Koen Smits - 15.12.2014 at 19:52  
Written by Angel N. on 14.12.2014 at 12:12

Am I the only one who thinks that the album is not that great to rate it with 9 or 10 ? It's too overrated.

No, but I would still give it an 8. Hell Awaits and Show No Mercy are 9's to me.
LeKiwi - 27.06.2015 at 16:43  
Rating: 6 First and last track are great, but everything else is just copy paste. At least they're decent tracks for the most part.
LeKiwi - 27.06.2015 at 17:01  
Rating: 6
Written by deadone on 27.06.2015 at 16:54

No offence, but that's a really bizarre comment given your 9 & 10 ratings for stuff like Amon Amarth, Scar Symmetry, Psycroptic, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Lamb of God, Bloodbath or Meshuggah, all of which churn out copy n paste tracks (and I like some of these bands). And indeed some of them have no variety in song writing whatsoever and churn out the same old tired songs every album.

None taken, I was expecting this sort of comment anyhow.

I agree with you that the songwriting styles of those bands have little variation, but at least every single song is memorable (at least for the albums I've rated highly.) Play a song and I can name it in less than a second. I've listened to this album dozens of times and I still can't remember a single track

Edit: barring the first and last, of course
LeKiwi - 28.06.2015 at 15:27  
Rating: 6
Written by deadone on 28.06.2015 at 04:38

I suspect as always it's down to personal taste. Indeed it seems our tastes are inverted - I prefer 1980s thrash and hardcore (and this ablum channels shitloads of hardcore) more than you and you prefer melodic death metal more than I do!
Actually - thinking about it - I believe that memorability is partially dependent on taste in some fashion. Ultimately, if you're not receptive to what you're being exposed to, it won't stick...unless it's something utterly bizarre
Jurgen33 - 11.07.2015 at 00:07  
Rating: 7 Some tracks are good, especially two biggest classics but this album so overrated. "7" is max.
metalhead23 - 11.02.2016 at 09:15  
Rating: 10 What can I say about reign in blood that I haven't already said before. It is one of the best slayer, no scratch that, it is one of the best trash metal bands ever made. Full stop. They made death metal what is today because of this album. Bless you slayer, without you, death metal would not be what it is today.
Metalheart35 - 29.07.2016 at 11:26  
Rating: 10 A masterpiece. I remember, when i listened it the first time. A real metalstorm came over me. Brutal & technical at the best. Still today one of the heaviest records ever made. Pure fucking classic.
Mattybu - 11.08.2016 at 05:33  
Rating: 10 This is the best album, nothing else in metal can compare to it. There literally isn't one 5 second segment of this album that isn't sheer perfection and master-class on how to make music.

Really just perfection.
Maco - 11.08.2016 at 06:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Mattybu on 11.08.2016 at 05:33

nothing else in metal can compare to it.

Hell Awaits says nonononononononononono.
Dima - 11.08.2016 at 07:44  
  I should probably listen to this. Yes yes I should

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