Top Ten Best Slayer Album

The Top Ten

Reign in Blood Reign in Blood Product Image

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

You will hate me for this but this album is perfect... for scaring someone away from metal. This is EXACTLY how metal haters who haven't listened to metal imagine what metal is like. As someone who is generally into thrash, it is passable at points to me, but if I compare it to other extreme thrash (Kreator, Sadus, Destruction, other Slayer albums), it shines how unfinished the 2-3 minute songs feel.

Take Jesus Saves for example. The first minute and the rest of the song don't fit together at all. It is common to start thrash songs with slow or even acoustic intros but there is usually a proper transition. If you don't forget that Angel of Death and Raining Blood aren't the only songs on this album, what valid claim do you have that it is better than Hell Awaits?

This album is perfect. I hate when people say that angel of death and raining blood are the only good songs every song's great. Jesus saves and Reborn are hidden gems among the rest though.

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.

Seasons in the Abyss Seasons in the Abyss Product Image

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

Slayer is one of the very few bands in this world who never ever had released a single bad record but still throughout their whole carrier my vote goes to seasons in the abyss.
Even though I have listened to their entire discography.
Anyone in this world who wants to know what is the real combination of guitars and drums look no further than this record trust me you won't regret.
Plus it is better than any other thrash metal record out there except a tie to metallica...and justice for all.
Just listen to this record entirely and don't miss a single song then you will post the same comment that I am writing...

South of Heaven South of Heaven Product Image

It's funny that the five classic albums here are in the exact opposite order of how I prefer them

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.

Hell Awaits Hell Awaits Product Image

This is their best album objectively in my opinion. Vocally Seven Churches introduced death growls but drumming and riff-wise this album is considered to be pioneering in death metal. Some say that Reign in Blood had an impact on death metal but it doesn't have anything style-wise that Hell Awaits didn't have.

The Mercyful Fate influences also make this album much more interesting to listen to, the songs aren't undevelopped like on Reign in Blood. Songs like Epidemic, Criminally Insane and especially Jesus Saves sound like stub ideas for multiple songs put together in one track without any coherence. Hell Awaits feels more focused.

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)

Show No Mercy Show No Mercy Product Image

This is my personal favorite because of the NWOBHM influences and the ONLY good solos of the band. The songs here and on Hell Awaits at least sound like real, structured songs, unlike Reign in Blood. I know melody is not a pro for most thrash fans but I like how much more melodic this album is than others

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.

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

God Hates Us All God Hates Us All Product Image

Ariana Grande: God is woman
Black Sabbath: God is dead?

My personally favorite album, songs like Disciple, God Send Death, Exile, Seven Faces, Bloodline sound really goood

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

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.

World painted blood...
No sanctuary

Christ Illusion Christ Illusion Product Image

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

Divine Intervention Divine Intervention Product Image

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.

Repentless Repentless Product Image

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.

A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden
Ironbound - Overkill
The Face of Fear - Artillery
The Wake - Voivod
Lionheart - Saxon
To Kill a King - Manilla Road
Are better albums by men over 45-50 in my opinion - Alkadikce

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

Its no reign in blood, but its still amazing. Its crazy how these guys are still putting out brutal thrash metal well into their fifties.

The Contenders

Haunting the Chapel Haunting the Chapel Product Image

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

Diabolus in Musica Diabolus in Musica Product Image

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.

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

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

This album is insulted underrated and very heavy. Slayer chose to try on two genres. Nu-Metal and Groove Metal. And it somewhat worked for them.

Undisputed Attitude Undisputed Attitude Product Image

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

Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Product Image
Decade of Aggression Decade of Aggression Product Image

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

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