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South Of Heaven [Explicit Lyrics]

Slayer Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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1. South Of Heaven
2. Silent Scream
3. Live Undead
4. Behind The Crooked Cross
5. Mandatory Suicide
6. Ghosts Of War
7. Read Between The Lies
8. Cleanse The Soul
9. Dissident Aggressor
10. Spill The Blood

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Out of print in the U.S.! 1988 release from the most popular Death Metal band of all-time. South Of Heaven was the band's fourth studio album and their final release for Def Jam before following label-head Rick Rubin and moving to his new label, Def America. 10 tracks of brutal strength including 'Silent Scream', 'Live Undead' and 'Dissident Aggressor'. Warner.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
While Reign In Blood was faster than a speeding bullet,this album has better riffs and lyrics.Its also ground shakingly heavy.If you think Metallica's Master Of Puppets or Megadeth's Peace Sells But Who's Buying were scary then this album will be a living nightmare for you.No joke.Its just a big mean scary rock record and is metal in its purest form.While it lacks the irresistible melody of Metallica or Anthrax and isnt as timeless as Appetite For Destruction (which really isnt a metal record but its my favorite record of the 80s so I had to bring it up) it makes up for with pure aggresion.Its possibly the quintessential metal album of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And what an album it was! Aug. 9 2005
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I was introduced to slayer one rainy mrning when i had way to much time on my hands. I had been listening to classic(sabbath) and power metal (dio) and was ready to check something new out. I am a huge fan of metallica but they really lost there fizzle around the black album so i decided to find some good thrash. On to this album! South of heaven is absolutely one of my favorite albums. My first words were " its like metallica never made anything after ride the lightning TIMEs 10!!!!!" Crunching riffs brutal speed (not as fast as reign in blood) This album demands to be listened to LOUD. Iwas on the bus and everyone could here and they looked ( probably because of lyrics like " SILENT SCREAM! CRUCIFY (...)SON!!!!) Highlights are: Siulent scream, Ghost of war, South of heaven, live undead and behind the crooked cross. Reign in blood and this are slayers best albums somethings come close (seasons in the abyss and God hates us all!) but none cut it like these did......DEAT TO FALSE METAL!!!!!!!1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash done right May 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of the 3 big Slayer albums, this is my favorite. No question about it. More consistent then either RiB or Seasons, and just more interesting. Those 2 are definitely worth owning, but this is probably the best one to pick up first, imo.
This album is a good example of why it's so stupid that people associate thrash with being very fast. Sure, most thrash is fast, but thats hardly it's defining trait.(and most metal is fast anyway) And, no, this album really isn't as slow as it's made out to be, but it definitely leans toward the middle tempos most of the time. But it's still about as thrash as it gets, with the choppy, incessant rhythm guitars, straight-forward, pounding drums, semi-harsh vocals and almost completely inaudible bass. Araya gives a real nice performance here.(on vox anyway) He was a bit over dramatic on RiB, but he holds back a bit here, giving it more menace and none of the occasional silliness of that album. He's more subtle and varied than lots of people give him credit for, with an excellent use of a droning monotone to contrast with his more vicious shout-singing and piercing screams. This is where Lombardo really proved how great he is. In the interceding 17 years metal drummers have gotten pretty insane, largely due to the example Lombardo set, but he still holds up, and is one of the funnest drummers to listen to. He seems to understand that the key to interesting thrash drumming are good fills, and he does nothing but good ones here. I've never been that big of a fan of King/Hanneman's leads, but they've grown on me a bit, and are definitely better here than on RiB. That, and this album is more evocative and moody, so the anti-melodic, screaming leads fit in better. Still, all thrash comes down to the rhythm guitar, and they've always done that great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential under rated classic May 8 2004
By mitch
Format:Audio CD
Do not listen to any critic who slams this album for being too slow, commericial, or boring. It is none of those. What it is is a band of experienced musicians evolving and playing their asses off. This one is alot slower than Reign in Blood but that is what makes it unique and stick out more than any other album in the slayer catalogue. Id have to say this is the most listenable album slayer has ever made. There is no filler and every song has rememberable guitar parts brought to you by the masters hanneman and king. Tom Araya is also at his best here, singing instead of screaming and yelling. The lyrics have also evolved from cartoonish over the top satanism to real life portrayals of nazi germany, serial killers, false prophets, and pychotic minds. This album grows on you with every listen, although its not as fast or groundbreaking as reign in blood it is my personal favorite of their releases. What a band , what an album, ignore the critics buy this now and enjoy what metal is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best proof of Slayer genious Jan. 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have a question for you. Imagine that you are a band-leader. You've just hit the mark with your previous album, and everyone is praising you for how groundbreaking and genre-defining you are, and many a band began to imitate your sound. Now you need to record the next album. What kind of music whould you write?
My guess is that 99 of 100 musicians would try to copy themselves, only doing more of everything this time around. In case of thrash-metal, be faster, more aggressive, more brutal, more heavy, etc.
Now check out what true genious does. Slayer probably understood that it won't be possible to top "Reign in Blood" in terms of aggressive non-compromise thrash. So they decided to never try, and instead made a 180-degrees turn, and headed into more melodic, more real-life, much slower songs. With that move they managed to remain unbelievably heavy, extremely aggressive, and once again showed how skillful they are with their instruments (an exception being Tom Araya's bass).
It hits you from the 1st second, when instead of full-speed thrashing assault you have a melodic dual-guitar intro, which takes some time to explode into a heavy mid-tempo title track. Classic thrash goes non-stop from here up to the end of the record. This is one of those rare gems, that has absolutely no filler songs. It goes varying in tempo, aggressiveness, themes of lyrics, but the exceptional quality is a constant here.
The album contains plenty of every trade-mark Slayer attribute, like unbelievable drum-patterns and fills of Dave Lombardo, faster-than-light dissonant chromatic guitar solos, and violent screams of Tom Araya.
Really, all the songs are highlights, and all of them were part of their live sets in different years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Slayer's South of Heaven is a classic masterpiece and a must have for one's metal library at any age. Every track is solid no filler here... well maybe the solos ... Read more
Published on April 18 2012 by Habrawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the best metal album of all-time.
South of Heaven is generally regarded as the best metal of all-time and one of the heaviest albums of all-time. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2007 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars Dare I say the best Slayer album?
I know "Riegn In Blood" is considered one of the best all time metal albums, let alone Slayer albums, but this is my personal favorite. Read more
Published on April 28 2006 by Cyprus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Horse Favorite
Put 10 Slayer fans in a room and ask them what they think the best Slayer album is and 9 of them will say Reign in Blood.
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Published on July 15 2004 by roamer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Reign in Blood is slayer's best 'fast' album. Slayers best 'slow' album is South of Heaven. If you're thinking about getting into slayer buy either of these masterpieces.
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is for Mandatory Suicide,
Mandatory Suicide rocks.Best Slayer song ever.The spoken part is awsome and with Tom wailing in the back ground its brilliant.
Published on June 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THHHHHHe best with seasons of course
buy it now-sofort kaufen-kupi go VEDNAGA
Published on May 20 2004 by Kamen Michev
5.0 out of 5 stars Slayer's Best
in my humble opinion this album is better than their so called "classic" reign in Blood. The album does at a little slower pace than the previous Slayer albums, however... Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by S. Koropeckyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Take A Trip South Of Heaven
This is another classic album by Slayer. With this album, the band takes it to another level. While slowly losing the satanic themes in their lyrics, the group starts adding more... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Ronald Placeres
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to like at first but after a while its awesome.
First of all the first few times I heard this I didnt like it very much.I thought it was a disappointingly weak,slow,even quiet bizarre piece of work that was totally unlike Slayer... Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by J. Parmelee
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