Raining Blood (4:15)

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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
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  • TheBlackRaven87

    on the reign in blood album I have this song is 4:57 long, but everywhere in the internet it says it's around 4:15. Could someone explain?

    5 Nov 8:38pm Reply
  • clutnuckle

    this song has the greatest last.fm description ever.

    19 Oct 3:54am Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Moshable.

    14 Sep 11:06pm Reply
  • satanchik

    \\m/ \\m/

    9 Sep 8:33am Reply
  • Tuberkulloosi

    2/5.

    31 Aug 4:34pm Reply
  • SweetsInBlood

    That riff at the beginning. It's perfect.

    5 Aug 6:11pm Reply
  • Mytho-Man

    U Must Have This Album or go to HELL !!!!!!!

    5 Aug 6:03pm Reply
  • Stefan66K

    Epic song.Very catchy.

    27 Jul 12:39pm Reply
  • fafasfafa

    i'm is brazilian peple wich is \\m/

    22 Jul 5:58pm Reply
  • Valeriielml

    SO FUCKING EPIC!

    15 Jul 12:00am Reply
  • muerto14

    Sick Song. The ending is insane.

    11 Jul 6:48pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Featuring a big bad intro and a riff every metalhead knows, “Raining Blood” helped Slayer define thrash metal for decades to come. Thanks to Jeff Hanneman’s and Kerry King’s dual guitar sound, the track is a fiery but appropriate conclusion to Reign in Blood. Its speed and aggression have also made it a live staple, though Seasons in the Abyss also produced several complex Slayer riffs. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 12:59pm Reply
  • vosbourne

    always feel like doing hardcore banging when I hear this[3]

    2 Jul 11:44am Reply
  • AndrewSatanic

    the most Aggressive band from The Big 4 like it

    5 Jun 5:08pm Reply
  • poohliveslarge

    wonderfully insane ending

    5 Jun 9:29am Reply
  • athleticslol

    amazing solo

    27 May 7:24am Reply
  • xTHRxASHx

    ImI

    22 May 5:13pm Reply
  • moreaupat

    TA TA TA - TA TA TA - TA TA TA - TA TA TA - TA TA TA

    16 May 9:32am Reply
  • tyrant666

    Fuck Yeah!!!!!!!! \\M/

    26 Apr 5:03pm Reply
  • tresfoufou

    Hell yeah!!!!!!!! This is the best fucking song ever written... The opening not only sends shivers up and down my spine, but also drives me fucking crazy. Bang your heads till they fucking fall off! Slayer rules!!!

    8 Apr 10:46pm Reply
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