Awesome solos, overall outstanding song quality and some of the best riffs Slayer has to showcase. Yes it is better than Reign In Blood and it's more technical than most of Slayer's releases. Perhaps Slayer's best, it still has some stiff competition in Haunting the Chapel and Hell Awaits. Every song is awesome and the solos here are probably the best Slayer have ever done. This cd couldve been done today, the production is MUCH better then Reign In Blood, you can actually hear the bass drums properly and it still keeps a raw charm. Dave Lombardo was never my favourite drummer, I happen to believe Paul Bostaph is much better but he deliver a solid performance here, I love the fills, but everything else isn't stand out stuff in terms of rhythm.
Guitar riffs are awesome, Jeff and Kerry really are some of the best guitarists metal has ever seen, and, as I said before, the solos are damn fantastic. Their songwriting is really something to look up to.
Bass is nice and thick, but Tom's real performance is his vocals on this cd. His voice is at its peak at the recording time for this album, although he doesn't do any more of his loud, long, high-pitched, falsetto screams like at the start of Angel of Death.
Overall, if you're new to Slayer, start anywhere, 'cause they're ALL good. I didn't give this album an easy 5 stars, it's earnt it. Buy it if you haven't got it, no regrets from here!