Reign in Blood

~ Release group by Slayer


Reign in Blood is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released on October 7, 1986, by Def Jam Recordings. The album was the band's first collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, whose input helped the band's sound evolve. The release date of the album was delayed because of concerns regarding the lyrical subject matter of the opening track "Angel of Death", which refers to Josef Mengele and describes acts such as human experimentation that he committed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The band's members stated that they did not condone Nazism and were merely interested in the subject.

Reign in Blood was well received by both critics and fans, and was responsible for bringing Slayer to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. Today, it is often mentioned among the greatest heavy metal records ever. In their 2017 listing of the 100 Greatest Metal albums of all time, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Reign in Blood at #6. Alongside Anthrax's Among the Living, Megadeth's Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, and Metallica's Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood helped define the sound of the emerging US thrash metal scene in the mid-1980s, and has remained influential since. The album was Slayer's first to enter the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 94, and was certified Gold on November 20, 1992. In 2013, NME ranked it at number 287 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Reign in BloodSlayer12" Vinyl10
  • US1986-10-07
Def Jam Recordings (US)GHS 24131075992413114
Reign in BloodSlayer12" Vinyl10
Def Jam Recordings (US), Geffen RecordsGEF 24 131720642413111
Reign in BloodSlayer12" Vinyl10
London Records (UK, 1947–98)LONLP 34042282805614
Reign in Blood (mispress)SlayerCD10
Def Jam Recordings (US)9 24131-2075992413121
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
Def Jam Recordings (US)9 24131-2075992413121
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
  • JP1991-03-21
MCA Victor, Inc. (Japanese holding company, active 1991–1997; do not use as release label!)MVCG-144988067000149
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
Def Jam Recordings (US), Geffen RecordsGED 24131, GEFD 24131720642413128
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
American Recordings9 24131-207599241312
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
Def Jam Recordings (US)CD 24131075992413121
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
  • DE1994-12-05
American Recordings74321 24848-20743212484823
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
American Recordings07314586796220731458679622
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
American Recordings, BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05; for releases dated 2008 and later, see annotation)9 24131-2, D111644[none]
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10
  • JP1995-03-24
American RecordingsBVCP-8104988017054550
Reign in Blood (reissue)SlayerCD12
  • US1998-08-11
American RecordingsCK 69406074646940624
Reign in Blood (reissue)SlayerCD12
  • JP1998-10-01
Sony Records (Japanese imprint)SRCS-87814988009878195
Reign in Blood (reissue, remastered, expanded edition)SlayerCD12
American Recordings01-491798-10, 491798 25099749179820
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
  • US2002-03-12
American Recordings314 586 796-2731458679622
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
  • JP2002-06-05
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”)UICY-20124988005302274
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
American Recordings51011 6037-29325583039119
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
  • XE2006-08-14
American Recordings50-51011-6037-2-35051011603723
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
American Recordings51011603729325583039119
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
American Recordings50-51011-6037-2-35051011603723
Reign in Blood (expanded edition)SlayerCD12
  • US2007-07-24
American Recordings88697 12882 2886971288223
Reign in Blood (expanded edition)SlayerCD12
  • XE2009-07-22
American Recordings88697128822886971288223
Reign in Blood (Rock Box edition)SlayerCD12
  • XE2009-08-28
American Recordings, Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment)88697548482886975484829
Reign in BloodSlayerCD12
  • JP2009-10-14
American Recordings, Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS boxed Walking Eye imprint)SICP 2350, SICP-23504547366048841
Reign in Blood (Parental Advisory)SlayerCD12
  • XE2013-05-28
American Recordings602537352241602537352241
Reign in Blood (remastered)Slayer12" Vinyl10
  • XE2013-11-08
American Recordings0600753461440600753461440
Reign in Blood (blood red edition)Slayer12" Vinyl10
American RecordingsB0018853-01602537467907
Reign in BloodSlayerDigital Media10
  • -2015-09-11
American Recordings
Reign in Blood (24-bit/192 khz stereo)SlayerDigital Media10
American Recordings0602458912647
Reign in BloodSlayerDigital Media12American Recordings[none]731458679622
Reign in BloodSlayerCD10Def Jam Recordings (US)7599-24131-2075992413121


associated singles/EPs:Criminally Insane (remix)
Raining Blood
covers:Covered in Blood by Various Artists (add compilations to this artist)
part of:Rye Coalition’s 10 Albums (number: 1) (order: 1)
Q Magazine: 20 Loudest Albums of All Time (number: 2) (order: 2)
Rolling Stone: The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time (number: 6) (order: 6)
SPIN: The 40 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time: pub_2019-10-30 (SPIN magazine, 2002-09) (number: 13) (order: 13)
33⅓ (number: 57) (order: 58)
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