Raining Blood (4:15)

Cover of Reign in Blood

From Reign in Blood and 30 other releases

“Raining Blood” is the final track from thrash metal band Slayer’s 1986 album, Reign in Blood, and is quite possibly their most famous song as it is their signature song. The song has become a live staple played at almost every Slayer show since its release, and is featured on every Slayer live album and DVD. This song is also featured in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

“Raining Blood” is in the key of E-Flat minor, although definite tonality is difficult to place on the song as the tonic note is used only as a starting point for different riffs, not chord progressions, like most metal in this genre. Also, like most metal of this type, there is no distinct vocal melody, instead relying on changing, varied riffs that are played as accompaniment to give tonal reimbursement to the song. The opening riff is similar in form to the melody of Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.

The song was featured in the 127th South Park episode “Die Hippie, Die” aired on March 16, 2005. The plot centers on the town of South Park, which has been overrun by hippies. Eric Cartman states “Hippies can’t stand death metal” and proceeds to hijack a hippie concert by drilling through the mass of hippies with a giant armoured drilling vehicle. He makes it onto the main stage to change the audio to “Raining Blood”, in turn upsetting the hippies and making them flee.

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Trapped in purgatory, a lifeless object, alive
Awaiting reprisal, death will be their acquisition
The sky is turning red, return to power draws near
Fall into me, the sky's crimson tears abolish the rules made of stone

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