|1. War Ensemble|
|2. Blood Red|
|3. Spirit In Black|
|4. Expendable Youth|
|5. Dead Skin Mask|
|6. Hallowed Point|
|7. Skeletons Of Society|
|9. Born Of Fire|
|10. Seasons In The Abyss|
I love "Reign In Blood." It is, by far, the best example of true thrash metal ever... 10 songs in 29 minutes... and still beats the hell out of ANYTHING coming out now.
That said... THIS is my favorite Slayer album ever. Why? It combines the speed of "Reign In Blood" with the mid-tempo ultra heavy grooves of "South of Heaven." It's also the most musical of all the Slayer albums, if that means anything.
From the opening speed riffing of "War Ensemble" to the churning of the title track, this is the total package for Slayer. Lombardo proves himself as the fastest drummer around. King and Hannaman never sounded better, and Tom's voice really shines... not quite sure if that's a compliment, though.
FYI... it was Metal Hammer's album of the year, 1990.
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!