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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on April 18 2012 by Habrawk
South of Heaven is generally regarded as the best metal of all-time and one of the heaviest albums of all-time. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2007 by Jason Hutton
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 morePublished on April 28 2006 by Cyprus
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.
I am number 10. Read more
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
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