Top Ten Best Slayer Album

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The Top Ten

1 Reign in Blood

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

The Black Album of Slayer everyone praises it for two or three songs, but forgets the rest of the album is filler, sure it is entertaining but no where near the caliber of seasons in the Abyss or South of Heaven - germshep24

I would have gone with Master of Puppets as the comparison but that album has variety, so the Black Album was the closest comparison I can come up with where the mixture of standout songs and praise don't match up.
Black album is Praised for three songs: Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, and Nothing Else Matters; just like Reigning Blood is pretty much loved for: Angel of Death and Raining Blood and two really awesome songs isn't a reason to say it is the greatest album ever - germshep24

ANGEL OF DEATH IS THE BEST AND RAINING BLOOD IS VERY GOOD TOO

Still unsurpassed. One of the greatest metal albums of all-time

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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

Best Combination of Trash, Speed, Songs, Riffs, Vocals and Harmonie!

Better than Reign in Blood and Seasons in the Abyss combined!

The best...

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.

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4 Hell Awaits

Has their most creative riffs.

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.

The most progressive Slayer album. It's simply amazing. Jeff Hanneman has done his best guitar work here. And the drums and bass are like a symphony. Just the best Slayer album in my opinion

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!!

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5 Show No Mercy

A great debut! - V4noM

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

This wan was the first trash albums a buy when I was young. firs a wear a jeans jacket with this label on my back also a big hand band you know the wan the waring I think it was the blond guy from slayer he wear a leather band with big spikes so a was wearing a time to but than a changed all and I started with motorhead I love the head the logo and snaggeltooth yes than I was buying all thing van motorhead. and never changed anymore. but this elp together with the maxi elp was my first encounter with the devil so aso the first venom but later more ironmaiden and zo. but it was forbidden in my home to wear this things the told me I was the kid of the devil and that music to. yes I was bad but only my music

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

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6 God Hates Us All

Disciple is one of their best songs for sure - V4noM

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.

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7 World Painted Blood

A real return to form

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.

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8 Christ Illusion

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

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

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9 Repentless

Its alright but the drumming is so horrible

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.

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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.

This album should be much higher, it's way better than God Hates Us All and Christ Illusion. I'd say #5 on the Slayer list after Hell Awaits.

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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 Diabolus in Musica

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

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.

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13 Soundtrack to the Apocalypse
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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