's pentultimate 1986
Produced by Rick Rubin
on Def Jam
The first satanic thrash metal album
ever released on a major label.
One of the most controversial albums of all time.
One of the fastest albums of all time: clocking in at just under
1) Angel of Death (90% of the controversy) 10/10
2) Piece by Piece 9/10
3) Necrophobic 9/10
4) Altar of Sacrifice 10/10
5) Jesus Saves (the other ten percent of the controversy) 10/10
6) Criminally Insane
7) Reborn 9/10
9) Postmortem 10/10
10) Raining Blood
Reign in Blood
's release was delayed because of concerns regarding its lyrical subject matter
and graphic artwork: several Catholic Popes
drowning in a river of blood
in Hell; Satan on his throne; etc.
The opening track, "Angel of Death", references
Josef Mengele and details acts committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, which provoked allegations of Nazism. Slayer takes no pro or con position on the matter
in the song.
was Slayer's first to enter the Billboard
200; the release peaked at number 94, and in 1992 was awarded
a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
described it as the "heaviest album
of all time" while Metal Hammer magazine named
it "the best metal album
of the last 20 years".
the ultra-mainstream Spin Magazine
ranked the album
number 67 on their
list of the "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005."