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Slayer's pentultimate 1986 masterpiece.

Produced by Rick Rubin and released 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 30 minutes.

Song list:

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 10/10
7) Reborn 9/10
8) Epidemic 9/10
9) Postmortem 10/10
10) Raining Blood 10/10

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.

The album 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.

Kerrang! magazine described it as the "heaviest album of all time" while Metal Hammer magazine named it "the best metal album of the last 20 years".

Inexplicably the ultra-mainstream Spin Magazine ranked the album number 67 on their list of the "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005."
Slayer's "Reign In Blood" was directly responsible for the rise of death metal and cannot be bested. Bow down.

Reign in Blood is by far the best metal album of the 1980s bar none.
by Assex 776 September 15, 2007
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The fastest, hardest, heaviest and best thrash album of all time. If you don't own it you're a pussy.
Angel Of Death is the most badass song of all time.
by DeadByDawn October 30, 2004
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THE ultimate album of thrash. Released by Slayer in 1986, it's full of heavy, evil riffs and breakneck tempos. This album is the pinnacle of thrash metal, if not music istelf.

You must have this record!
Retard: omg like slipnot is extremely heavy death brutalcore hard death!!!!111
Guy: Just listen to Slayer's Reign in Blood
Retard: *listens* holy shit!
by Bashe April 16, 2006
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Often regarded as thrash metal band Slayer's best work, and sometimes even called the best/heaviest/most brutal/fastest album of all time, Reign in Blood is a highly overrated Slayer album. Slayer's first two albums, Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits both surpass Reign in Blood greatly. Also, Kreator's second album, Pleasure to Kill, released in the same year as Reign in Blood, is much heavier and more brutal (and in my opinion, better) than Reign in Blood could ever hope to be.
Thrash newbie: I just heard Reign In Blood today, and it is definitely THE best album ever!

Me: Go listen to Show No Mercy.

Thrash newbie: *explodes*
by Pelicanesis March 15, 2009
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