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Reign in Blood
Reign in Blood cover
Studio album by Slayer
Released October 1986
Recorded 1986
Los Angeles, California
Genre Thrash metal
Length 29:03 (Original)
34:40 (Re-Issue)
Label Def Jam Records
Producer Slayer
Rick Rubin
Professional reviews
Slayer chronology
Hell Awaits
(1985)
Reign in Blood
(1986)
South of Heaven
(1988)

Reign in Blood is the third studio album and major label debut by the American thrash metal band Slayer. Released in October 1986, the album was the band's first collaboration with record producer Rick Rubin, whose input helped the band's sound evolve. 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 described the record as "the heaviest album of all time", and a breakthrough in thrash metal. reign in blood album cover. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Def Jam Records is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Frederick Jay (Rick) Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is an American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... Image File history File links Stars10100. ... Robert Christgau (born April 18, 1942), is an American essayist, music journalist, and the self-declared Dean of American Rock Critics.[1] In print, his name is sometimes abbreviated as Xgau. ... This article is about the online music and film magazine. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Hell Awaits (1985) was the second full-length album by Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records. ... South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Frederick Jay (Rick) Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is an American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Reign in Blood's release was delayed because of concerns regarding its graphic artwork and lyrical subject matter. The opening track, "Angel of Death", references Josef Mengele and details acts committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, which provoked allegations of Nazism.[1] However, the band stated numerous times they do not condone Nazism, and are merely interested in the subject.[2] The album was Slayer's first to enter the Billboard 200; the release peaked at number 94, and on November 20, 1992 was awarded gold certification. Josef Mengele, the SS physician whose acts during WWII inspired the lyrics of Angel of Death Angel of Death is the opening track on the American thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album Reign in Blood. ... Mengele in uniform Dr. Josef Mengele (March 16, 1911– February 7, 1979), was a German SS officer and a physician in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. ... Auschwitz (Konzentrationslager Auschwitz) was the largest of the Nazi German concentration camps. ... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

Contents

Record label changes

Following the positive reception to Slayer's previous release Hell Awaits, the band's producer and manager Brian Slagel realized the band were in a position to hit the "big time" with their next album. Slagel negotiated with several record labels, among them Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons's Def Jam Records. However, Slagel was reluctant to sign the band to what was at the time primarily a hip hop label. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was made aware of Rubin's interest, and made a move to contact him. However, the other Slayer members were apprehensive at leaving Metal Blade Records, with whom they were under contract.[3] Hell Awaits (1985) was the second full-length album by Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records. ... Brian Slagel, 2003 Brian Slagel is the owner and founder of Metal Blade Records. ... Frederick Jay (Rick) Rubin (born March 10, 1963 in Lido Beach, New York) is an American record producer and is currently the co-head of Columbia Records. ... Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York), is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group, and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm. ... Def Jam Records is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Dave Lombardo (born February 16, 1965) is a heavy metal drummer born in Havana, Cuba. ... Metal Blade redirects here. ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ...


Lombardo contacted Columbia Records — Def Jam's distributor — and managed to get in touch with Rubin, who along with photographer Glen E. Friedman agreed to attend one of the band's concerts. Friedman had produced Suicidal Tendencies's self titled album, in which Slayer vocalist Tom Araya made a guest appearance in the music video for the album's single "Institutionalized", pushing Suicidal Tendencies's vocalist Mike Muir. Around this time Rubin asked Friedman if he knew Slayer.[3] Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Distribution is one of the 4 aspects of marketing. ... Glen E. Friedman (born 1962) is an American photographer and artist. ... Suicidal Tendencies is an American hardcore punk / crossover thrash band formed in 1981 in Venice, California. ... Suicidal Tendencies is the self-titled debut album by the band Suicidal Tendencies, released in 1983 on Frontier Records. ... Tom Araya (born Tomás Enrique Araya June 6, 1961 in Valparaíso, Chile) is the bassist and lead vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Guitarist Jeff Hanneman was surprised by Rubin's interest in the band, and was impressed by his previous work with the hip hop acts Run DMC and LL Cool J. During a visit by Slagel to a European music convention, Rubin spoke with the band directly, and persuaded them to sign with Def Jam. Slagel paid a personal tribute to Rubin, and said that Rubin was the most passionate of all the label representatives the band were in negotiations with. Following the agreement, Friedman brought the band members to Seattle for two days of publicity shots, possible record shots, and photos for a tour book; Rubin felt no good photos of the band had been taken before that point. One of the photos was used on the back cover of the band's 1988 release South of Heaven.[3] Jeff Hanneman (born January 31, 1964, in Oakland, California) is the guitarist and a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. ... Run-DMC is a hip hop crew founded by Jason Jam Master Jay Mizell that included Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels. ... LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith III on January 14, 1968 in New York, New York) is a legendary American hip hop artist and actor. ... Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. ...


Recording

Reign in Blood was recorded and produced in Los Angeles with Rick Rubin. The album was the label boss' first professional experience with heavy metal, and his fresh perspective led to a drastic makeover of Slayer's sound. Steve Huey of All Music Guide believed Rubin drew tighter and faster songs from the band, and delivered a cleanly produced sound that contrasted sharply with their previous recordings.[4] This resulted in drastic changes to Slayer's sound, and changed audiences' perception of the band. Araya has since admitted their two previous releases were under-par production wise.[5] Guitarist Kerry King later remarked that "It was like, 'Wow—you can hear everything, and those guys aren't just playing fast; those notes are on time.'"[3] The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Kerry King (born June 3, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, best known as one of the founding members of the thrash metal band Slayer. ...


Hanneman has since admitted that while the band were listening to Metallica and Megadeth at the time, they were finding the repetition of guitar riffs tiring. "If we do a verse two or three times, we're already bored with it. So we weren't trying to make the songs shorter—that's just what we were into", which resulted in the album's short duration of 28 minutes.[3] King states hour long records seem to be the trend; "You could lose this part; you could cut this song completely, and make a much more intense record, which is what we're all about".[3] When the record was completed, the band met with Rubin, who asked "Do you realize how short this is?" Slayer members looked at each other, and replied "So what?"[3] The entire album was on one side of a cassette; King stated it was "neat", as "You could listen to it, flip it over, and play it again".[3] The music is abrasive and faster than previous releases helping to push the gap between thrash metal and its predecessor hardcore punk,[4] and is played at an average of 210 beats per minute.[6] Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by the high speed and aggression. ... Hardcore punk, now commonly known as hardcore, is a subgenre of punk rock that originated in North America in the late 1970s. ... Beats per minute (bpm) is a unit typically used as either a measure of tempo in music, or a measure of ones heart rate. ...


Critical response

Although the album received no radio airplay, it was the band's first release to enter the Billboard 200, where it debuted at #127, later attaining its peak position of 94 in its sixth week.[7][8] The album also reached number 47 on the UK Album Chart,[9] and on November 20, 1992 it was certified gold in the United States.[10] The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

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Reign in Blood was well received by the underground and mainstream music press. Reviewing for All Music Guide, Steve Huey awarded the album five out of five, describing it a "stone-cold classic".[4] Stylus Magazine critic Clay Jarvis awarded the album an A+ grade, calling it a "genre-definer", as well as "the greatest metal album of all time".[11] Jarvis further remarked the song "Angel of Death" "smokes the asses of any band playing fast and/or heavy today. Lyrically outlining the horrors to come, while musically laying the groundwork for the rest of the record: fast, lean and filthy".[11] Kerrang! magazine described it as the "heaviest album of all time",[12] while Metal Hammer magazine named it "the best metal album of the last 20 years".[13] Q magazine ranked Reign in Blood among their list of the "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time",[14] and Spin Magazine ranked the album number 67 on their list of the "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005".[15] Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... This article is about the online music and film magazine. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Metal Hammer (sometimes MetalHammer) is a monthly heavy metal magazine in the United Kingdom, Ireland and in Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Serbia and Montenegro by a different publisher. ... Q is a music magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 140,282 and a readership of 731,000. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ...


Adrien Begrand of Popmatters observed that: "There's no better song to kick things off than the masterful "Angel of Death", one of the most monumental songs in metal history, where guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman deliver their intricate riffs, drummer Dave Lombardo performs some of the most powerful drumming ever recorded, and bassist/vocalist Tom Araya screams and snarls his tale of Nazi war criminal Joseph Mengele".[16] When asked why Reign in Blood has retained its popularity, King replied: "If you released Reign in Blood today, no one would give a shit. It was timing; it was a change in sound. In thrash metal at that time, no one had ever heard good production on a record like that. It was just a bunch of things that came together at once".[17] PopMatters is an international magazine of cultural criticism. ...


Lombardo's departure

Slayer embarked on the Reign in Pain tour with the bands Overkill in the United States and Malice in Europe; they also served as the opening act for W.A.S.P.'s US tour in 1987. After a month of touring drummer Lombardo quit the band; he said, "I wasn't making any money. I think I had just gotten married, and I figured if we were gonna be doing this professionally—on a major label—I wanted my rent and utilities paid". To continue the tour Slayer enlisted Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione.[3] Overkill is one of the first Thrash Metal bands, formed in the early 1980s in New Jersey (but often attributed to New York City), and very active ever since. ... The term Malice has several meanings: Malice (legal term), a legal term describing the intent to harm Malice (movie), a 1993 movie starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin and Bill Pullman Malice (noun), a way to describe the feeling of hatred or disrespect. ... The term opening act usually refers to any entertainer that performs at a concert before the featured (or headline) entertainer. ... W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 . ... Whiplash was an American thrash metal band. ... Tony Scaglione is a thrash metal drummer. ...


Rubin called Lombardo daily to insist he return, telling him, "Dude, you gotta come back in the band". Rubin offered Lombardo a salary, but he was still hesitant about returning; at this point Lombardo had been out of the band for several months. Lombardo's wife convinced him to return in 1987; Rubin came to his house and picked him up in his Porsche, taking him to a Slayer rehearsal.[3] This article is about the auto company. ...


Legacy

Reign in Blood is regarded by critics as one of the most influential and extreme thrash metal albums.[4] In its "Greatest Metal Bands Of All Time" poll, MTV praised Slayer's "downtuned rhythms, infectious guitar licks, graphically violent lyrics and grisly artwork", which they stated "set the standard for dozens of emerging thrash bands", while "Slayer's music was directly responsible for the rise of death metal". MTV described Reign in Blood as essential listening,[18] and the album was ranked number 7 on IGN's "Top 25 influential Metal Albums".[19] This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... For other uses, see IGN (disambiguation). ...

"Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood" are played at almost every live show.
"Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood" are played at almost every live show.

When asked during a press tour for 1994's Divine Intervention about the pressure of having to live up to Reign in Blood, and how it feels to have recorded "the best thrash metal album of all time", King replied that the band do not to try better it, and just wish to make music.[3] In 2006, Blabbermouth's Don Kaye drew a comparison to the band's latest album Christ Illusion, and concluded that "Slayer may never make an album as incendiary as Reign in Blood again".[20] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Divine intervention is another term for a miracle. ... Blabbermouth may refer to: Blabbermouth. ... Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by Slayer, which was released on August 8, 2006 on American Recordings. ...


Rapper Necro was heavily influenced by the album, and has remarked that it takes him back to the 80s, "when shit was pure".[21] Ektomorf vocalist Zoltán Farkas describes the album as one of his primary influences.[22] Reign in Blood was the first album the death metal band The Scourger had listened to, exposing him to an all new genre and influencing his band's style.[23] Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse stated Lombardo's performance on the album helped him play faster throughout his career.[24] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ektomorf is a metal band from Hungary. ... Paul Mazurkiewicz is the drummer of Cannibal Corpse, and one of two remaining original members, the other being bassist Alex Webster. ... Cannibal Corpse is an American death metal band founded in 1988. ...


Hanneman has said that the album is his personal favorite, reasoning it is "so short and quick and to the point".[25] Araya has remarked that Slayer's 2006 album Christ Illusion "comes close", but that "nothing can surpass Reign in Blood for intensity and impact. No one had heard anything like it before. In the twenty years since then, people have got more desensitized. What was over the top then might not be now".[26] Bostaph first heard the record when he was a member of Forbidden Evil. During a party Bostaph walked towards music he heard from another room, and approached Forbidden Evil guitarist Craig Locicero. When asked what music was playing, Locicero shouted "the new Slayer record". After listening closely to the record, he looked at Locicero, and concluded that his band was "fucked".[3] Christ Illusion is the tenth studio album by Slayer, which was released on August 8, 2006 on American Recordings. ... Forbidden was a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area, part of the Bay Area thrash scene, most popular in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. ...


Live performances

The band literally used the concept of raining blood on their 2004 DVD Still Reigning

The tracks "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood" have become almost permanent additions to Slayer's live set, and are Hanneman's favorite tracks to play live.[25] The band played Reign in Blood in its entirety throughout the fall of 2004, under the tour banner "Still Reigning". In 2004, a live DVD of the same name was released, which included a finale with the band covered in fake blood during the performance of "Raining Blood".[27] Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Still Reigning is a home video by Slayer which was released in 2004 through American Recordings. ... Raining Blood is the final track from thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album, Reign in Blood. ... Still Reigning is a home video by Slayer which was released in 2004 through American Recordings. ...


King later said that while the idea of playing Reign in Blood in its entirety was suggested before by their booking agency, it was met with little support. The band ultimately decided they needed to add more excitement to their live shows, and to avoid repetition incorporated the ideas of raining blood.[28] When asked about using fake blood in future performances, King remarked "It's time to move on, but never say never. I know Japan never saw it, South America and Australia never saw it. So you never know".[29] A talent agent is a person who finds jobs for actors, musicians, models, and other people in various entertainment businesses. ...


Although it was omitted from a number of concerts because of short time allotments, Slayer have often said that they enjoy playing the album in its entirety. According to Hanneman: "We still enjoy playing these songs live. We play these songs over and over and over, but they're good songs, intense songs! If it were melodic songs or some kind of boring 'clap your hands' song, you'd be going crazy playing those every night. But our songs are just bam-bam-bam-bam, they're intense".[30] The band was on stage for 70 minutes, which only allowed seven or eight additional songs to be played following the album's play. King stated this arrangement "alienates too many people".[31]


Controversy

Artwork

Def Jams' distributor, Columbia Records, refused to release the album due to its controversial lyrical themes and cover art. Reign in Blood was eventually distributed by Geffen Records; however, due to the controversy it did not appear on Geffen's release schedule.[3] Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ...


The artwork was designed by Larry Carroll, who at the time was creating political illustrations for The Progressive, Village Voice, and The New York Times. When the art was finalized, one band member was unhappy with the result. However, when another member showed it to his mother, and was given the description "disgusting", they decided to retain it, and felt they were "onto something".[3] The cover art was featured in Blender magazine's 2006 "top ten heavy metal album covers of all time".[32] Reign in Blood, 1986 Larry Carroll is an artist who has worked for The Progressive, The Village Voice and the New York Times drawing political illustrations. ... The Progressive is an American monthly magazine of politics and culture with a pronounced left-of-center perspective. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Blender is an American magazine that bills itself as the ultimate guide to music and more. ...


Lyrical themes

For the album, Slayer decided to abandon the satanic themes explored on their previous album Hell Awaits, and write about issues that were more on a social level.[33] Reign in Blood's lyrics include meditations on death, insanity, and murderers, while the lead track "Angel of Death" details human experiments conducted at the Auschwitz concentration camp by Josef Mengele; who was dubbed "the Angel of death" by inmates.[34] The song led to accusations of Nazi sympathizing and racism, which have followed the band throughout their career.[1] Satanism can refer to a number of belief systems depending on the user and contexts. ... Hell Awaits (1985) was the second full-length album by Slayer, released through Metal Blade Records. ... Josef Mengele, the SS physician whose acts during WWII inspired the lyrics of Angel of Death Angel of Death is the opening track on the American thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album Reign in Blood. ... Human experimentation involves medical experiments performed on human beings. ... Auschwitz (Konzentrationslager Auschwitz) was the largest of the Nazi German concentration camps. ... Mengele in uniform Dr. Josef Mengele (March 16, 1911– February 7, 1979), was a German SS officer and a physician in the German Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial...


Hanneman was inspired to write "Angel of Death" after he read a number of books on Mengele during a Slayer tour. Hanneman has complained people usually misinterpret the lyrics, and clarified, "Nothing I put in the lyrics that says necessarily he was a bad man, because to me — well, isn't that obvious? I shouldn't have to tell you that".[25] The band utilized the controversy to attract publicity, incorporating the Reichsadler into their logo, and writing a song titled "SS-3", which mentions Reinhard Heydrich, the second in command in the Schutzstaffel.[35] Reichsadler 1888-1918 (German Empire) The Reichsadler during the Third Reich) 1933–1945. ... Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (7 March 1904 – 4 June 1942) was an SS-Obergruppenführer, chief of the Reich Security Main Office (including the Gestapo, SD and Kripo Nazi police agencies) and Reichsprotektor (Reich Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia. ... SS redirects here. ...


Appearances in media

"Raining Blood" was covered by Tori Amos on her 2001 album Strange Little Girls. King has admitted that he thought the cover was odd: "It took me a minute and a half to find a spot in the song where I knew where she was. It's so weird. If she had never told us, we would have never known. You could have played it for us and we'd have been like, 'What's that?' Like a minute and a half through I heard a line and was like, 'I know where she's at!'" The band however liked the cover enough to send Slayer t-shirts to Tori Amos.[36] The song was also covered by Malevolent Creation, Freaklabel, Chimaira, and Erik Hinds, who covered the entire album on a H'arpeggione.[37] In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Strange Little Girls was a concept album released by singer-songwriter Tori Amos in 2001. ... Malevolent Creation is a death metal band originally hailing from Buffalo, New York. ... Freaklabel is an Iowa-based metalcore/groove metal band. ... Chimaira are a metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... Erik Hinds (b. ... The Harpeggione is an instrument built by Fred Carlson for musician Erik Hinds. ...


In 2005, the Slayer tribute band Dead Skin Mask released an album with eight Slayer tracks, including "Angel of Death".[38] The death metal band Monstrosity covered the song in 1999,[39] while the track was featured on the classical band Apocalyptica's 2006 album Amplified / A Decade of Reinventing the Cello.[40] A Slayer tribute album titled Al Sur Del Abismo (Tributo Argentino A Slayer), compiled by Hurling Metal Records, featured sixteen tracks covered by Argentina metal bands, including Asinesia's version of "Angel of Death".[41] Raining Blood was also covered by the New Zealand drum and bass band Concord Dawn on their 2003 album Uprising. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Apocalyptica is a Finnish musical group consisting of three, formerly four, classically trained cellists and, since 2005, a drummer. ... Amplified, released in 2006, is a greatest-hits-like album from cello rock group Apocalyptica containing two new songs: Repressed and Angel of Death. ... Concord Dawn, Matt Harvey (AKA Matty C) & Evan Short (AKA Kiljoy), are a renowned drum and bass duo originally from Auckland, New Zealand, with popular tracks such as Dont Tell Me in conjunction with Tiki and Get Ready featuring rapper Scribe. ...


"Angel of Death" was featured in the multi–platform video game Tony Hawk's Project 8. Nolan Nelson, who selected the soundtrack for the game asserts; "one of the greatest heavy metal songs ever recorded. Don't know who Slayer is? I feel sorry for you".[42] "Raining Blood" was included in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in–game radio station V-Rock.[43] The song was featured in the 127th South Park episode Die Hippie, Die aired on March 16, 2005.[44] The plot centers on the town of South Park, which has been overrun by hippies. Eric Cartman states "Hippies can't stand death metal" and proceeds to drill through a hippie concert onto the main stage to change the audio to "Raining Blood", making the hippies run away. King found the episode humorous and expressed his interest in the show ending the interview with "It was good to see the song being put to good use, if we can horrify some hippies we've done our job".[29] "Angel of Death" also appears in the several movies, including Gremlins 2, at the point when the character Mohawk turns into a spider,[45] Jackass: The Movie, where it is played during a car stunt scene and in the 2005 Iraq War documentary Soundtrack to War.[46][47] Raining Blood is also one of the songs featured in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock, and is considered one of the most difficult songs in the game, if not the hardest of the career song list. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Tony Hawks Project 8, also known as Tony Hawks Pro Skater 8 but officially abbreviated as THP8, is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawks Series. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... The soundtrack of the game Grand Theft Auto:Vice City is popular not only with fans of the game, but also with lovers of 1980s music. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Die Hippie, Die is episode 902 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ... Eric Theodore Cartman, commonly referred to by his family name, Cartman, is a fictional character in the animated series South Park. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Jackass: The Movie Jackass: The Movie directed by Jeff Tremaine was released on October 25, 2002 with the tagline Do not attempt this at home. ... Soundtrack to War is a 90 minute documentary by Australian war artist George Gittoes. ...


Track listing

  1. "Angel of Death" (Hanneman) — 4:51
  2. "Piece by Piece" (King) — 2:02
  3. "Necrophobic" (Hanneman/King) — 1:40
  4. "Altar of Sacrifice" (Lyrics: King; Music: Hanneman) — 2:50
  5. "Jesus Saves" (Lyrics: King; Music: Hanneman/King) — 2:54
  6. "Criminally Insane" (Hanneman/King) — 2:23
  7. "Reborn" (Lyrics: King; Music: Hanneman) — 2:11
  8. "Epidemic" (Lyrics: King; Music: Hanneman/King) — 2:23
  9. "Postmortem" (Hanneman) — 3:27
  10. "Raining Blood" (Lyrics: Hanneman/King; Music: Hanneman) — 4:17
  11. "Aggressive Perfector" (King/Hanneman) 1998 reissue bonus track — 2:30[I]
  12. "Criminally Insane (Remix)" (Hanneman/King) 1998 reissue bonus track — 3:17
I^ : "Aggressive Perfector" was shorter and had clearer production than the previous version featured on the re-issue of the EP Haunting the Chapel. The reissue also fixed a problem with early CD pressings which set the beginning of "Raining Blood" into the blank pause in "Postmortem".[28]

Josef Mengele, the SS physician whose acts during WWII inspired the lyrics of Angel of Death Angel of Death is the opening track on the American thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album Reign in Blood. ... Raining Blood is the final track from thrash metal band Slayers 1986 album, Reign in Blood. ... A reissue or re-release is the new issue of an item after its first issue. ... EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... Haunting The Chapel is an EP by the thrash metal band Slayer. ...

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SlayerSaves.com - Slayer Reign In Blood Reviews (860 words)
Reign in Blood opens and closes with slightly longer tracks (the classics "Angel of Death" and "Raining Blood") whose slower riffs offer most of the album's few hints of melody.
Reign in Blood was a stone-cold classic upon its release, and it hasn't lost an ounce of its power today.
Reign In Blood is darkness unchecked, stripped of bombast and pretense, songs averaging barely two minutes in length but never failing to nail you to your seat.
Reign in Blood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (590 words)
Reign in Blood  is an album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music) through Def Jam Records (later re-released on Rubin's Def American/American Recordings).
Reign in Blood was ranked number 29 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time, and is considered to be one of the best thrash metal albums ever to be recorded.
Reign in Blood is also considered as part of the Unholy Trinity of 1986, along with Kreator - Pleasure to Kill and Dark Angel - Darkness Descends, all these albums (including this album) have been a great influence to Death metal.
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