I have accumulated many personal reviews while listening to albums. My reviewing style is non-conventional and was only intended for myself. Sometimes I will only use one sentence to describe an album if I feel that is all that's required. Other times I will review an album while I'm still listening to it, leading to a song-by-song review of the album (bringing the size of the review to nearly dissertation-level). There are times when I will even come back to a review to add information that I didn't know when originally writing the review. The point is that I won't edit my reviews to make them more readable or conventional. My reviews are always a direct result of what I was feeling when I wrote them and I want to let that feeling come through.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Slayer - Reign in Blood [1986]

"Angel of Death", the song that got me in to Slayer. What's there to say? It's evil; there isn't a single riff that is anything but awesome; heavy; energetic; chaotic. It's been many years since I listened to this album, and it's wonderful now to almost rediscover how awesome this album was. "Piece by Piece" is another brilliant thrash piece. It's very obvious when listening to this album that it has set the stage for Death Metal with it's brutal lyrics about death and the damn complicated guitar riffs. It's astonishing that Araya can pull off such chaotic and rapid-fire lyrics and still articulate with such excellence. This album is still great by today's standards and there isn't a weak song within. It's shockingly ahead of its time and the prototype for Death Metal. Nit-picking: it's a bit two dimensional; very little variation throughout the album.

Rating: 8.75


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