6. The Songs
Reign In Blood is home to a handful of ‘classic’ tracks but surely to be ‘the greatest Thrash album of all time’ each and every one one of its songs has to be untouchable and lets be honest with ourselves here, not every song on Reign In Blood hits the mark.
The likes of “Epidemic”, “Postmortem” and “Reborn” to name but 3 are fairly generic blasts of hyper speed Thrash. The buzzsaw riffs just bulldoze along and are nothing spectacular, while Lombardo clatters away in the background.
This is also meant to be the album in which Slayer embraced the “real world” and they do – to a point – especially on the aforementioned “Angel Of Death”, tackling the hypocrisy of organised Religion on “Jesus Saves” and getting into the mind of a lunatic in “Criminally Insane” but apart from that the lyrics are just the usual gore and Satanism nonsense that could have been thrown together by any teenager.
Songwise, Reign In Blood is not the strongest album in the world, with – dare we say it – a few filler tracks appearing along the way and Slayer would go on to improve and develop their song writing skills massively over the next handful of albums.