Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Slayer. Wait…let me rephrase that…FUCKING SLAAAAYYYYYYERRRRRRR!!! Now that I have your attention, let’s discuss the greatest thrash metal album in recorded history, 1986’s majestic Reign In Blood. Clocking in at 29 minutes in its entirety, Slayer’s 3rd album is an incinerating display of aggression, precision, rage, and raw power. Dave Lombardo’s drumming propels the songs along at what were at that time truly terrifying speeds. Atop this barrage of master class thrash drumming were the flesh ripping riffs of Jeff Hanneman and Kerry KIng, who blended their trademark dissonant and atonal high velocity lead work into a twin tower of terror. Topping it all off were the throat shredding vocals of Tom Araya, who also held down the frantic bass lines. With classics Angel Of Death and Raining Blood as the bookends, the record literally never lets up for a moment, just devastatingly delivered pure American metal at its finest. This one announced Slayer’s arrival into the Big 4 of thrash metal…I see a trend starting…3 slots to come!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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