Top Ten Best Slayer Album


The Top Ten

1 Reign in Blood

it is not just an album. it is the bible of thrash metal.

Admittedly it took me weeks to enjoy thrash this heavy - but it is right up there with my favourite albums of all time. I believe it stands out from any album ever made, let alone in the thrash metal genre - simply because of the emotion it invokes. Pure anger brings about some head angling - and I could easily sit and stare at a wall with Reign in Blood on repeat for HOURS on end! Words don't do this album justice - metal fan, someone who can take a joke or someone who needs anger management JUST GET THIS. - Cmf97351

One of their six good albums, and the best by far. A little more variety, like that of Seasons in the Abyss would make this second only to Rust in Peace and Ride the Lightning. As it is, it is quite overrated. I suggest to Slayer that they make a sort of re-do. They should keep the four best songs from this (whatever they deem those to be) and then halfway re-do the rest by adding a solo between the verses or adding a section playing the main riff backwards a stuff like that. Also add new lyrics plus a new song or two. Call it "Blood Reigns" or something like that. It'll be a huge success. There you go, Mr. Tom Araya, there's you're next album for you.

The cake!

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2 Seasons in the Abyss

I am not surprised to find that this is #2 in the list, even though it should be #1. Reign in Blood was a revolutionary record and for that it deserves to be remembered, however, the songs are simply not as good as on Seasons.

Seasons showed the single biggest growth in the history of the band, the song writing improved from the already great South of Heaven and the production is perfect.

There are some stand-out tracks, Seasons in the Abyss, Skeletons Of Society, Dead Skin Mask and War Ensemble, however what makes this record so special is that there is very little quality difference between the tracks, it is a classic, all killer no filler record - Slayer at their very best...

Slayer takes the speed of Reign in Blood, plus the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven, and created this masterpiece.

Reign in Blood maybe their breakthrough, and their major label debut, but Seasons in the Abyss just stands out more than that album. I guess because Reign in Blood has only a few stand out tracks, like Angel of Death, Raining Blood, and Postmortem, but Seasons is consistently fantastic, from the fast speed in War Ensemble to the slow grooves of Dead Skin Mask and the title track.

South of Heaven is also a great album, but again, there aren't as many standout tracks on there compared to Seasons. Plus, it strayed away from the speed most everyone knew Slayer for. Back then, it may have thrown people off when they first heard the album because it was slower than their first 3, but after a while, they realized it was alright, just not as great as Reign in Blood or Hell Awaits, but much better than Show No Mercy considering the sound quality on their debut.

reign in blood has a few out of this world songs such as angel of death but seasons in the abyss is consistently incredible

Spirit In Black & Blood Red always were my jams and the solos on the title track, pure eargasm!

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3 South of Heaven

My introduction to the band. I was immediately hooked after hearing it when it was released. It has the most intense, natural yet aggressive sounding drums I ever heard (for reference I'm also a huge death metal fan). The songs are suberb. There is actually some singing rather than just screaming going on.

Slayer absoluth zenith point. Magnificant scary songs from the unhuman world. Slow and killer album. Best album cover, thinking lyrics, and very fine(! )sctructures. Superlative.

Wonderful songs, all classic, mixture of thrash metal with killer doom riffs, and all songs is very catchy, Slayer's get intelligent song structure and scary mood.

Slayer sucks

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4 Hell Awaits

believe me, reign in blood is a great album with awesome songs, but there's just something thats so dark and doomy about Hell Awaits that makes it better in my opinion!!

Every gets influences by Raining blood being the Trash Master piece etc etc... yes, it is an awesome album but the songs are a lot look alike through the album. (do shoot me, I am still saying it is good) but Hell awaits had more versatility in the songs. Second is South of Heaven, a delight for all drummers...

Awesome songs on the song hell awaits the start is awesome and did. You know, if you play the song backwards they are saying join us, join us and so on. Listen to Hardening of the arteries (awesome)

Just the raw unpolished sound with the immensely technically complex compositions, undeterred by any studio influence, this album to me is Slayer's creative proficiency at its peak.

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5 Show No Mercy

Black magic, antichrist, tormentor, evil has no boundaries, final command... awesome. Great guitar riffs. I love arayas voice. Show no mercy is such raw old school trash album definitely my favourite, better than reign in my blood in my opinion

this albums is awesome. r.i. be is a little to repetetive for me, but its still great. this and seasons are the best albums. - lezakattack

Defiantly the best. This album along with Metallica kill em all are the ram albums that started thrash metal

While Reign in Blood has 2 or 3 songs that will stay in your mind, this album had 2 or 3 that will not!

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6 God Hates Us All

I think the songwriting and the production are the best of all their albums. The vocals are a little louder in the mix which makes the lyrics more intelligible. Paul's drums sound amazing and his playing is as good as anything Dave ever did.

Best solid god hating performance by slayer yet

These are the heaviest and most raw albums that Slayer has to offer. These two should be higher than Reign In Blood and Hell Awaits.

I still need to listen to World Painted Blood and Repentless but next to Reign In Blood, this might be my favorite Slayer album. - cjWriter1997

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7 Christ Illusion

Takes the speed from Reign in Blood and anger from God Hates Us All and mixes them perfectly. This album deserves so much more credit than it has

Fastest album since Reign In Blood and in my opinion holds up real well to it, all the songs are longer and less filler than reign in blood. Flesh Storm is INSANE

Fast. Very very fast Slayer, definitely best band from the big four. Cult is an amazing song

It's my favorite slayer album. Definitely best since seasons in the abyss. Dave lombardo really injected some much needed creativity

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8 World Painted Blood

Great album, good mix in terms of recording. Not as thrash orientated as Hell Awaits. However, a very heavy album, dark and doomy. Puts some of the new so called "Nu generation" to shame. Guess that's why these guys are the godfathers of thrash. RIP Jeff HANNEMAN.

Well I think it's clear that this album can't hold on with the first 5 albums, but it should be number 6

Slayer is my all time favorite metal band and I love most songs an most albums. I really tried to love this album but to me it lacked feel, groove, catchyness. It seemed rushed and uninspired and the song writing was sub par for them.

This is one of the best Slayer albums.It replaces "Hell Awaits" in their top 5 albums (which is their first 5)."World Painted Blood,Snuff, Beauty Through Order,Hate Worldwide,Human Strain, Psychopathy Red, Not Of This God".Absolutely Godly Riffs!

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9 Repentless

An excellent album, I don't expect it to surpass Reign in Blood, but is a great balance of slow and fast songs. Gary Holt does Jeff Hanneman justice and Paul Bostaph has great drumming skills although Dave Lombardo is missed. RIP Jeff

Deserves more praise. This is the best metal album ever, by far, to be put out by men over 50. I would put this up against 90% of bands, past and present, that are in there 20's.

Best one of Slayers new albums. Not deserves to be that low on the list.

As a younger fan I'd have to vote for this; a pretty flawless album - DANB8

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10 Divine Intervention

A very underrated album. Very raw with a rough production. Lots of consistently good songs - no fillers. Paul Bostaph takes over Dave Lombardo's position for drumming and does an great job.

The most underrated slayer album.

The only album which can compete RIB at violence. As good as South Of Heaven or Seasons. "213" or "Killing fields" should be played at every live.

Maybe the most underrated rock album of all time. It should be right after the Reign in Blood in the list, but in tenth. Killing Fileds, Divine intervention, SS-3, Sex Murder Art...

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The Contenders

11 Haunting the Chapel

Chemical Warfare counts as an album!

Chemical warfare is what got me into slayer

Even though its an ep this is still one of the best, htc is #2 album, right under hell awaits and right above show no mercy

12 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse
13 Diabolus in Musica

For once, Slayer learns how to write music without relying purely on speed and aggression, and the band taking their best shots at incorporating more melody and different riffing styles into their sound. The band consequently sounds incredibly invigorated, and their new approach is very refreshing. - JR302

You will like this album if you like God Hates Us All. Very underrated album indeed. - metaldude8

Refreshingly heavy and slower, Slayer established a new yet short-lived sound on 'Diabolus in Musica'. Regardless, it remains one of their best albums.

Can't stop listening to this song called Love to Hate - CowboysFromHell

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14 Undisputed Attitude

My personal favourite. Nothing like metal legends covering punk legends.

Such an underrated album. Should be #4 after hell awaits, haunting the chapel, and show no mercy, reign in blood is #5

15 Decade of Aggression

The BEST live metal album of all time.
Brilliant and perfect like Slayer is!

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2. Christ Illusion
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