Have You Ever Seen The Reign?
Updated: Apr 22
Slayer is a thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California that was formed in 1981. It consisted of Tom Arya, the bassist and vocalist, guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, and drummer Dave Lombadro. “Reign In Blood” was released in 1986, and is one of my favorite Slayer albums, or just one of my favorite albums in general. Slayer is hard, fast, and they sing about messed up stuff like death and Satan. That's why I love them so much. “Reign In Blood” has an extra bit of all three of those characteristics, making it my favorite album, and debatably their most popular album.
To be quite honest, for a long time I was banging my head and playing an imaginary guitar while listening and I actually never really knew what Araya was saying. When looking into the lyrics, one discovers that almost every song on the album is about Satan, brutal dismemborment and murder, and death. It could have one, it could have all three, but every song contains some gnarly stuff. In the song “Necrophobic,” Araya sings “Strangulation, mutilation, cancer of the brain Limb dissection, amputation, from a mind deranged Asphyxiation, suffocation, gasping for air. Explain to me the feeling after sitting in the chair? Ripping apart severing flesh gouging eyes tearing limb from limb. Experimentation, slow infection, internal decay. Execution, need transfusion, body rots away. Sliced incision, zero vision, loss of vital signs. Skin contortion, bone erosion…,”” and it continues listing morbid death scenarios for the rest of the song. These kinds of gritty, morbid lyrics and fast paced sound are what make the album what it is. In the track “Altar of Sacrifice”Araya sings “Enter to the realm of Satan! Blood turning black, the change has begun/ feeling the hatred of all damned in Hell/ flesh starts to burn, twist and deform/ eyes dripping blood realization of death/ transforming of five toes to two/ learn the sacred words of praise, hail Satan.”
Although Araya sings of Satanic rituals and Hell, Araya is actually a practicing catholic. In an interview with Loudwire (2:26) Araya responded to a question asking if they used Satanism and Satanic rituals to gain a following, which Araya declines stating “we used that to be different from the Hollywood community. It was to be different and to scare people, and that's kinda fun… we did it more to f*** with people.”
Slayer, and the album “Reign In Blood” receive 5 stars from me. Their kind of music definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you’re into thrash metal, there is a chance you already listen to Slayer. The album “Reign In Blood” as an entirety contained many of the bands most popular tracks, and was actually a turning point in the band's sound producing a heavier, rawer sound then they had featured on previous records. They also have really radical album covers, which can be appreciated by everyone. If you’re into metal, Slayer is an essential.