Angel of Death (4:52)

Cover of Reign in Blood

From Reign in Blood and 39 other releases

Written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman after he bought two books about Nazi physician Josef Mengele, famous for carrying out gruesome experiments in the concentration camp Auschwitz. For almost five minutes this song tells the horrifying tale of Mengele’s exploits in the camp, never being afraid to leave anything out or taking sides. This in turn led to Slayer being accused of having Nazi sympathies, an accusation that would follow them for the rest of their career.

The band has responded by pointing out that the song accurately describes the events of Mengele’s life in the same fashion as a documentary film would, and that they— themselves a multi-ethnic group with vocalist/bassist Tom Araya being Chilean and drummer Dave Lombardo being Cuban— find it obvious that they did not support Mengele or Nazism.

Cover versions include:
Swedish melodic death metal band Sins Of Omission on Flesh on your bones, CD released 2001 by Black Sun Records.
Swedish death metal band Liers In Wait on Slatanic Slaughter II A Tribute To Slayer, Compilation CD released 1996 by Black Sun Records.

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