“I might have played Seasons In The Abyss more – it’s a very accomplished record, and it feels as if they spent more time making it – but Reign In Blood is Slayer really becoming Slayer. Hell Awaits was really good, but Reign was them working with a different producer, a more famous producer, and they threw more money into the record, but the result was a better-sounding record. It’s slicker but it’s still great. They got down to it.
“It’s a quick record – I think it might be about 40 minutes or something – and it’s right to the point. This is them saying, ‘This is gonna be the heaviest 40 minutes you’ve ever heard.’ And it was.
“Hell Awaits scared me when it came out. It won me over. I wasn’t a big Slayer fan at first because I felt as though their first couple of records were poorly produced – that’s a big thing with me. I need something to be palatable. Reign In Blood was Slayer being fast and hard but extremely well produced.”