(This is the fourth installment in an extensive series of posts by TheMadIsraeli devoted to a retrospective analysis of the discography of Slayer. Links to the preceding installments are at the end of this post. Our plan is to continue posting the remaining Parts on a daily basis until the series is completed. NOTE: Through an oversight, the assessment of Hell Awaits got skipped in the sequence, but we’ll have that installment after this one.)
Reign In Blood is rightfully considered the breakout album for Slayer in terms of their really becoming noticed in a more widespread sense. I say rightfully, but while Reign In Blood is a good album, it’s not great. I think for me this shortfall is due to the fact that it distinctly lacks much of what would hook me about Slayer as I explored the rest of their discography.
Kind of odd, right? Considering this is the record that exposed me to the band. But my exploration of Slayer’s entire body of work ended up reshaping my perception of this album. While I like it, I’ve come to think that it’s overrated.