Slayer – Reign In Blood (2024 Reissue) (1986/2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Slayer – Reign In Blood (2024 Reissue) (1986/2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:58 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © American Recordings Catalog P&D

Slayer took the leap to the big leagues with this, in the same way Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax all did with their second albums. The only difference was this was Slayer’s third album, the previous two, Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits both plagued by rough production which thwarted Slayer from sounding as brutal as they should have been. Reign In Blood put matters straight, as Rick Rubin’s production put them over the top, with a precise and clean sound few have ever topped. This is the way to make a thrash album. Ten tracks clocking in at twenty eight minutes, all fast, an easy way to make an impact and a point. Overnight acts like Celtic Frost, Bathory, and Destruction were made to look as crude as they were, while Exodus, Metallica and Anthrax seemed tame by comparison. Hanneman and King established themselves as thrash’s premier guitar duo, and rightfully so, the level of twisted genius running through Necrophobic, Criminally Insane and Angel of Death something they themselves had trouble topping. A glorious reaffirmation of how superior 80’s metal was.

1986 was a landmark year for thrash metal in more ways than one. Much to everyone’s joy, Metallica released Master of Puppets in the spring, closely followed by Megadeth’s Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? in September. Surprisingly, extreme metal was making its way into the charts. This explosion took violence and speed to new heights and cleared the way for even more ferocious groups who rushed to fill the breach. Slayer, a key group in the revolution, unleashed everything in one track: Angel of Death. The song opens the album Reign in Blood with bassist/singer Tom Araya’s scream – something that’s gone down in history. The band keep up this same level of intensity and speed throughout the album thanks to razor-sharp rhythms and powerful drumming from the often-imitated but never-equalled Dave Lombardo. Reign in Blood was more aggressive, brutal and fast-paced (it’s all over in barely 28 minutes!) than the albums released by their peers. It was the result of a collaboration between the group from Huntington Park and producer Rick Rubin, who founded the rap label Def Jam at just 23 years old. This was the first time that Rubin had worked with a metal band. He made Slayer’s music more intelligible without ever watering it down. Everything pulsed at over 200 bpm. The guitar solos flirted with an unsettling dissonance, the themes shook up the United States’ apparent prudishness (tackling subjects such as religion, death, war and the holocaust…) and the Dante-esque finale of Raining Blood ensured that it would be remembered as one of the greatest albums ever made. Raining Blood is like Slayer’s Highway to Hell or Ace of Spades. It’s one of their most popular songs and permanent addition at live concerts. Slayer would reach their creative peak with the hellish Seasons in the Abyss, which turns 30 in 2020. Though Reign in Blood will always be the record that allowed it all to happen. – Chief Brody

Tracklist:
1-1. Slayer – Angel Of Death (04:51)
1-2. Slayer – Piece By Piece (02:02)
1-3. Slayer – Necrophobic (01:40)
1-4. Slayer – Altar Of Sacrifice (02:53)
1-5. Slayer – Jesus Saves (02:51)
1-6. Slayer – Criminally Insane (02:22)
1-7. Slayer – Reborn (02:11)
1-8. Slayer – Epidemic (02:22)
1-9. Slayer – Postmortem (03:27)
1-10. Slayer – Raining Blood (04:14)

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