South of Heaven

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South of Heaven
Studio album by Slayer
Released July 5, 1988
Recorded December 1987 – February 1988 at Hit City West in Los Angeles and at Chung King in New York City
Genre Thrash metal
Length 36:54
Language English
Label Def Jam
Producer Slayer, Rick Rubin
Slayer chronology
Reign in Blood
(1986)
South of Heaven
(1988)
Seasons in the Abyss
(1990)

South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band, Slayer. South of Heaven was released on July 5, 1988. The album was released through Def Jam. It is the second collaboration with record producer Rick Rubin.

The album is their second to enter the Billboard 200 and was their last album that was released under Def Jam Recordings. Guitarist Jeff Hanneman has said that the album was the only album that the band members had discussed before writing the music. They knew that they "couldn't top Reign in Blood", and that whatever they recorded would be "compared to that album", he believed they "had to slow down", something the band had never done on albums before, or since.[1]

Guitarist Kerry King mentioned the need to "keep people guessing" as another reason for the musical shift.[2] According to Slayer's official biography: "In order to contrast the aggressive assault put forth on Reign in Blood, Slayer consciously slowed down the tempo of the album as a whole". "They also added elements like undistorted guitars and toned-down vocal styles not heard on previous albums."[3]

Songs[change | change source]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "South of Heaven"   Tom Araya Jeff Hanneman 4:58
2. "Silent Scream"   Araya Hanneman, Kerry King 3:07
3. "Live Undead"   King, Araya Hanneman 3:50
4. "Behind the Crooked Cross"   Hanneman Hanneman 3:15
5. "Mandatory Suicide"   Araya Hanneman, King 4:05
6. "Ghosts of War"   King Hanneman, King 3:53
7. "Read Between the Lies"   King, Araya Hanneman 3:20
8. "Cleanse the Soul"   King, Araya Hanneman 3:02
9. "Dissident Aggressor" (Judas Priest cover) Rob Halford K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton 2:35
10. "Spill the Blood"   Hanneman Hanneman 4:48

References[change | change source]

  1. "An exclusive oral history of Slayer". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 2014-7-7.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Slayer's Kerry King: The Art Of Writing Songs That Nobody Else Can Write". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved 2014-7-7.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "About". Slayer. Retrieved 2014-7-7.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)