Reign in Blood

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Reign in Blood
Studio album by Slayer
Released October 7, 1986[1]
Recorded 1986, Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 28:56
34:44 (Remaster)
Label Def Jam
Producer Rick Rubin, Slayer
Slayer chronology
Hell Awaits
(1985)
Reign in Blood
(1986)
South of Heaven
(1988)

Reign in Blood is the third album and major label debut by the American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on October 7, 1986, Reign in Blood was very well received by both critics and fans, and was responsible for bringing Slayer to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. Kerrang! magazine said the record was "the heaviest album of all time," and a breakthrough in thrash metal and speed metal. Alongside Metallica's Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood is considered one of the most influential thrash metal albums of all time.

Track listing[change | change source]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Angel of Death"   Jeff Hanneman Hanneman 4:51
2. "Piece by Piece"   Kerry King King 2:03
3. "Necrophobic"   Hanneman, King Hanneman, King 1:40
4. "Altar of Sacrifice"   King Hanneman 2:50
5. "Jesus Saves"   King Hanneman, King 2:54
6. "Criminally Insane"   Hanneman, King Hanneman, King 2:23
7. "Reborn"   King Hanneman 2:12
8. "Epidemic"   King Hanneman, King 2:23
9. "Postmortem"   Hanneman Hanneman 3:27
10. "Raining Blood"   Hanneman, King Hanneman 4:17
1998 re-issue bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Aggressive Perfector[]"   Hanneman, King Hanneman, King 2:30
12. "Criminally Insane" (Remix)"   Hanneman, King Hanneman, King 3:18
^  "Aggressive Perfector" was shorter and had clearer production than the previous version featured on the reissue of the EP Haunting the Chapel. The reissue also fixed a problem with some CD pressings which incorrectly set the beginning of "Raining Blood" into the blank pause in "Postmortem".[2]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. Touring Blood, Decibel Magazine, April 2008, Page 57
  2. "Slayer (US) — Reign in Blood". Metal-archives.com. http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=212. Retrieved 5 January 2007.