3 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slayer[/lastfm]‘s Reign in Blood, 1986
Like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Metallica[/lastfm]‘s Master of Puppets released only 7 months earlier, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slayer[/lastfm]‘s Reign in Blood was the bands major label debut and marked a significant turning point for the band as it brought them their first taste of mainstream success in the metal world. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who is credited with pushing the band to create tighter and faster songs while delivering a cleanly produced sound that contrasted sharply with their previous recordings. Rubin’s ingenious production tactic reinvented the bands sound completely and immediately made Reign in Blood a genre-defining record that would change the course of metal forever.
On the recent 20th anniversary of the albums release, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Slayer[/lastfm] bassist/vocalist Tom Araya talked about Rubin’s impact on Reign in Blood, “On that first album [together], Rubin made sure that he recorded. He wanted to duplicate what he was hearing.” Guitarist Kerry King added, “It was the first time you actually heard Slayer in its pure ferocity, and it made a big difference. One funny thing about that album is if it came out today, no one would give a shit. They’d say, ‘That’s cool.’ But at the time it came out it made such a difference. People still reflect on that as a poignant time, where shit changed.”
Check out a clip of Slayer from 1987 while they were promoting their newest release at the time; Reign in Blood:
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