American Recordings – B0018853-01 (2022) US
Ten studio albums of original material, thousands of live shows and over three decades into a career that's made them one of the biggest and most important metal bands in the world - the music of thrash metal legends Slayer is as brutal as it is beautiful, as punishing as it is precise, and as uncompromising as it is influential.
Widely hailed as the most brutal thrash metal album of all time, Slayer's 1986 speed metal magnum opus Reign In Blood is the record from which all other metal acts are measured against, defining not only a genre but an attitude. The band's first collaboration with producer Rick Rubin served as the first of four consecutive gold studio albums, an impressive feat for a band that received little radio or TV exposure. "Angel Of Death," "Piece By Piece," "Altar Of Sacrifice," "Jesus Saves," "Criminally Insane," Postmortem" and "Raining Blood" are all lasting showpieces in the metal canon.
"Reign In Blood is our signature record, and if people think that it helped set the path for that genre of music, that's great," said lead vocalist Tom Araya. "It's a record that means a lot to all of us in the band - it was our first record for a major label, and our first record with Rick Rubin who gave it unconditional support."