3. It’s Seriously Over Hyped!
Reign In Blood is a classic album – that much is beyond dispute – but over the years people have gotten too caught up in the ridiculous hype surrounding it.
Kerry King has been quoted as saying “If you released Reign In Blood today, no one would give a shit. It was timing, it was a change in sound. In Thrash Metal at that time no one had ever heard good production on a record like that. It was a bunch of things that came together at once”. Who are we to argue? While Reign In Blood may have been a thing of wonder back in 1986, it’s status – though hardly diminished – in 2015 as the quintessential Thrash album should be under question.
Fans and critics rattle on about the running time of 10 songs in just 29 minutes as if that alone raises an album to legendary status! It’s an album of short songs so of course the running time is going to be quick, only 2 tracks run over the four minute mark and the rest are between 2 and 3 minutes long so really the running time should be no big surprise. If we are going to go down this route then surely Lawnmower Deth’s Oh Crikey It’s… Lawnmower Deth is the greatest Thrash Metal album of all time simply because it contains a whopping 23 songs in under 40 minutes!
The Metal press are also fond of bestowing Reign In Blood with titles like ‘heaviest album of all time’ and ‘most intense album’ but these people are just talking nonsense. You want ‘intense’ and ‘heavy’ then have a listen to something like Neurosis’ Through Silver In Blood; the aural equivalent of a school yard bully giving poor old Reign In Blood a right kicking behind the bike sheds.
Deep breath now. Worst of all is that when you listen to the album now, it’s actually a bit dull. Yes, “Angel Of Death” and a handful of tracks we’ve already mentioned are in a league of their own but most of the album just speeds by in a blur of thrashing, repetitive riffola and screamed/barked lyrics with nothing to really distinguish one track from the other. There we said it.