Label: American Recordings - 0731458679622 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash
The release date of the album was delayed because of concerns regarding the lyrical subject matter of the opening track " Angel of Death ", which refers to Josef Mengele and describes acts such as human experimentation that he committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Reign in Blood was well-received by both critics and fans, and was responsible for bringing Slayer to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. The album was Slayer's first to enter the US Billboardpeaking at number 94, and was certified Gold on November 20, Following the positive reception Slayer's previous release Hell Awaits had received, the band's producer and manager Brian Slagel realized the band were in a position to hit the "big time" with their next album.
However, Slagel was reluctant to have the band signed to what was at the time primarily a hip hop label. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was made aware of Rubin's interest, and he initiated contact with the producer. However, Slayer's remaining Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood were apprehensive of leaving Metal Blade Recordswith which they were already under contract. Lombardo contacted Columbia Recordswhich was Def Jam's distributorand 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 debut albumin 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. During a visit by Slagel to a European music conventionRubin spoke with the Les Demoiselles De Bienfilâtre - Guy De Maupassant - Edgar Allan Poe - Barbey DAurevilly* - Villier 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 Dont Funk About - Wiggum - Enter The Dragon EP 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 release South of Heaven. The cover art was featured in Blender Magazine 's "top ten heavy metal album covers of all time. Steve Huey of AllMusic believed Rubin drew tighter Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood faster songs from the band, and delivered a cleanly produced sound that contrasted sharply with their previous recordings.
Araya has since stated their two previous releases were not up to par production-wise. Hanneman later admitted that while the band was listening to Metallica and Megadeth at the time, they were finding the repetition of guitar riffs tiring. He said, "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 29 minutes. Following the album's recording sessions, 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.
In latedrummer Lombardo quit the band. To continue the tour Slayer enlisted Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione. Rubin called Lombardo daily to insist he return, telling him: "Dude, you gotta come back in the band. Lombardo returned in ; Rubin came to his house and picked him up in his Porschetaking him to a Slayer rehearsal. Although the album received no radio airplay, it was the band's first release to enter the Billboardwhere it debuted atand attained its peak position of 94 in its sixth week.
Reign in Blood was critically acclaimed by the underground and mainstream music press. Reviewing for AllMusicwhich was established inSteve Huey awarded the album five out of five, describing it a "stone-cold classic. Lyrically outlining the horrors to come, while musically laying the groundwork for the rest of the record: fast, lean and filthy.
It was timing; it was a change in sound. In thrash metal at that time, no one Boe Money - Galactic - Ya-Ka-May ever heard good production on a record like that.
It was just a bunch of things that came together at once. Reign in Blood is regarded by critics as one of the most influential and extreme thrash metal albums. Asked during a press tour for 's Divine Intervention about the pressure of living up to Reign in BloodKing replied that the band did not try to Millionen Herzen.
- Various - Volksbote 15 it, but just wanted to make music. Rapper Necro was heavily influenced by the album, and has remarked that it takes him back to the s, "when shit was pure".
That is easily the best extreme metal record ever! Hanneman said that the album was his personal favorite, reasoning it was "so short and quick and to the point".
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. Paul Bostaph — Slayer's drummer from toand —present — first heard the record while a member of Forbidden. At a party, he walked towards music he heard from another room, and approached Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero.
Asked what was playing, Locicero shouted, "The new Slayer record. They would get this glazed look in their eyes and worship the speakers while doing the devil-horn thing.
InLoudwire ranked Reign in Blood 1 among Si No Te Late (Conmigo No Vas A Estar) - Los Infierno - The Lost Tapes eleven studio albums. The tracks " Raining Blood " and "Angel Kolhydratbrum (Remix) - Various - A Bear Garden Death" have become almost permanent additions to Slayer's live set, and were Hanneman's favorite tracks to play live.
Ina 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". King later said that while the idea of playing Reign in Blood in its entirety was suggested before by their booking agencyit 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.
I know Japan never saw it, South America and Australia never saw it. So you never know. 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 Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood 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. King stated this arrangement "alienates too many people". In the Unholy Alliance Tour ofhowever, the album was played in its entirety during Slayer's set as the last ten songs to end the show.
Def Jam's distributor, Columbia Recordsrefused to distribute the album due to the song "Angel of Death", because of its setting and description of the Holocaust. Reign in Blood was eventually distributed by Geffen Records ; however, due to the controversy it did not appear on Geffen's release schedule and the Geffen logo was not put on the album.
For the album, Slayer decided to abandon much of the earlier Satanic themes Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood on their previous album Hell Awaitsand write about issues that were more on a street level.
Hanneman was Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood to write "Angel of Death" after he read a number of books on Mengele during a Slayer tour. I shouldn't have to tell you that. 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? The band, however, liked the cover enough to send Slayer T-shirts to her. A medley of "Raining Blood" and "Postmortem" appears on Body Count 's album Bloodlustpreceded by a short monologue by lead singer Ice-T Postmortem - Slayer - Reign In Blood he names Slayer as both a major influence on Body Count and as one of his favorite bands of all time "and always will be"; a video for Body Count's version was released in August 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.
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.
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