Reign in Blood

American Recordings
Release date
12 Mar 2002
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Angel of Death 4:52 451,970
2 Piece By Piece 2:02 265,369
3 Necrophobic 1:40 245,726
4 Altar of Sacrifice 2:50 244,623
5 Jesus Saves 2:54 255,586
6 Criminally Insane 2:23 239,732
7 Reborn 2:11 215,806
8 Epidemic 2:23 211,001
9 Postmortem 3:27 254,042
10 Raining Blood 4:15 531,069
11 Aggressive Perfector 2:29 125,056
12 Criminally Insane (Remix) 3:17 46,426

About this album

Reign in Blood is the third studio album and major label debut by the American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on October 7, 1986, the album was the band’s first collaboration with record producer Rick Rubin, whose input helped the band’s sound evolve. Reign in Blood was very well received by both critics and fans, and was responsible for bringing Slayer to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. Kerrang! magazine described the record as “the heaviest album of all time,” and a breakthrough in thrash metal and speed metal.

Reign in Blood’s release was delayed because of concerns regarding its graphic artwork and lyrical subject matter. The opening track, “Angel of Death”, which refers to Josef Mengele and describes acts allegedly committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, provoked allegations of Nazism. However, the band stated numerous times they do not condone Nazism, and are merely interested in the subject. The album was Slayer’s first to enter the Billboard 200; the release peaked at number 94, and was awarded gold certification on November 20, 1992.

Although the album received no radio airplay, it was the band’s first release to enter the Billboard 200, where it debuted at number 127, and attained its peak position of 94 in its sixth week. The album also reached number 47 on the UK Album Chart, and on November 20, 1992 it was certified gold in the United States.

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  • CoryellsGhost

    "No one really seems to give a shit about this album " lol what.

    30 Jul 10:50pm Reply
  • havahej

    Thrash Fucking Metal Cornerstone!

    26 Jul 8:29am Reply
  • Maco097

    You really have to be an idiot to think that no one cares about this. Still the most furious, focused and violent thrash metal album.

    11 Jul 10:49pm Reply
  • metal-thrashing

    Master of puppets doesn't look tiny beside this monster at least because it's not thrash

    9 Jul 1:06am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    In 1986 - hell! Today - overrated. No one really seems to give a shit about this album apart from the two obvious songs, but on the other hand you cannot really make a full album of songs with that caliber. It's good for what it is, I suppose, but it sure was a lot greater for its time. Not their best but certainly essential for any fan of metal.

    18 Jun 12:26am Reply
  • muerto14

    Fucking masterpiece.

    20 May 4:36pm Reply
  • Peace_Sells86

    Its a good album but still overrated by fanboys.

    17 May 9:01am Reply

    In 1986 this was just unreal. The ultimate brutal stuff you would get in US those days.

    15 May 4:21pm Reply
  • JoseMariaAznar

    blueprint for Death Metal. Still fucking evil and disturbing nowadays

    25 Apr 8:23am Reply
  • Doppz

    I had this when I was younger and thought it was cool. Looking back, this album is fucking evil. I'm surprised my mom even bought it for me when I was 12. Good album nonetheless...

    18 Apr 10:47pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    Refraining from headbanging is a struggle

    25 Mar 1:34pm Reply
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  • HaohmaruXXX

    south park and naruto sucked

    15 Jan 3:26pm Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    One of the best thrash album of all time.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • janne995

    Best thrash album of all time.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply

    Its nearly half the length of MOP yet it has way more riffs and better song structures.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Weaponfire

    "Master Of Puppets looks tiny beside this monster." the hell with that. Reign in Blood is better than most thrash albums period.

    15 Sep 2014 Reply
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