The Decibel Study Hall of Fame: Reign in Blood

Those of you who dragged your asses to the previously formatted Deciblog on a regular basis might be familiar with my 8-year-old son, Sam. At the time, he won a trio of bad-ass Immortal skatedecks, courtesy of Vans and Nuclear Blast, for dropping 75 words about how bad-ass he thought Immortal is. Truth is, he does think Immortal is bad-ass, along with a whole host of other metal and punk bands that most eight-year-olds haven’t even exposed to, let alone own copies of their albums on vinyl. Since becoming victorious in the Immortal contest last spring, Sam purchased a bunch of Iron Maiden, Suicidal Tendencies and Twisted Sister vinyl from an acquaintance who was selling off his record collection and has discovered the hellish majesty of Slayer. So, what better way to further his metal indoctrination, as well as give his grandparents coronaries, by having him review their classic, Reign in Blood, as the first installment of the Deciblog's "The Decibel Study Hall of Fame" series. Then, have a picture of him wearing part of his Halloween costume and flipping the world the bird? SLAYER

REIGN IN BLOOD

Def Jam (1986)

One day my dad and I were driving to the library and he was listening to the new Slayer album. I thought it was okay, but not as good as older Slayer, like the first album. My dad says that most people think Reign in Blood is their best album. I saw it in his record collection and I wanted to listen to it. And now I’m going to review it.

“Angel of Death” is one of my all-time favorites. The chorus is the best part of the song. Dude, it blew me away! The first guitar part and scream was funny, but sick. The middle guitar solo by Kerry King was awesome. The first part of “Piece by Piece” would have been better if it was shorter. “Necrophobic” is awesome, especially the drumming. “Altar of Sacrifice” is good, but it would have been better if it was faster - the “Enter into the realm of Satan” part is hilarious. The first part of “Jesus Saves” is awesome and the last solo by Kerry King is good too. “Criminally Insane” is one of my favorites; I like the “Take your fucking life!” part. “Reborn” is one of my favorites as well. The first part of “Epidemic” is awesome and the solos are cool, but I don’t totally like it. I had “Postmortem” stuck in my head for the last week because it’s really good. The entire album was fucking sick, just all of the lyrics about death kinda suck. My dad asked me to say something about the cover, but I don’t know what the fuck it is. All I can see is a goat holding onto a head on a spike or something. Oh yeah, “Aggressive Perfector” isn’t that good.

10/10

-SAM STEWART-PANKO

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