Not many bands record major label debut albums that sound like this. Songs about death, religion, insanity, muder and Auschwitz, riffs of pure evil and some of the most blistering drumming ever recorded add up to 28 minutes of glorious and terrifying thrash metal aggression.
Slayer, we salute you. Reign In Blood is the fifth best metal album of all time. Now listen to Raining Blood.
“Slayer - Reign in Blood. Set a new standard for aggressive riffing.” (Thanks, vorax)
"Such a difficult question. Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast, Reign In Blood, Back In Black. Cowboys From Hell. No Sleep ‘Till Hammersmith. But really - Physical Graffiti?" (From Johannes via Facebook, thanks)
“Master Of Puppets and Reign In Blood for the older stuff.” (Thanks, Ireground)
“Close runners up include: Reign In Blood by Slayer.” (Thanks, RobDavies)
“The first Iron Maiden album blew me away when I first heard it, as did Kill 'Em All by Metallica. Then again, Slayer's Reign In Blood is, like, totally awesome. Sorry, it's just too difficult!” (Thanks, cheezes)
“For pure, unadulterated metal, it's Master Of Puppets or Reign In Blood. Or ...And Justice For All. Or South Of Heaven. Or Seasons In The Abyss. Vulgar Display Of Power and Cowboys From Hell were both pretty incredible at the time too.” (Thanks, ChrisVinnicombe)