South of Heaven > Reign in BloodReign in Blood is one of the greatest metal albums ever. They've been going down hill ever since.
Disagree. Slayer solos may not be technically amazing, but they fit the mood and style of the band perfectly. I'll grant that that style wouldn't really work for any other band, but it's part of what makes Slayer Slayer.Slayer = freaking awesome riffs, but saddening solos. I wish they didn't have their solos, because they would be one of the most punishing riff based bands ever without them.
Different strokes, but I don't agree at all. I think that all three I mentioned have better songwriting/lyrics/riffs/solos/etc. That being said I really like South of Heaven, better songwriting and less speed for the sake of speed.Yeah, there's plenty of stuff more extreme than RIB, but if you think it's just about being extreme, you're missing the point. Slayer manages to project sheer hatred for 28 minutes on RIB, something they never did again, and most "extreme" metal albums fail to get in the ball park for.
There are only a few metal albums that are instant classics because they so perfectly communicate the band's intent. RIB is one of those, unlike the other albums you mentioned.
Well, agree to disagree. Perhaps if they could play the solos remotely similar to the recordings when they play live I might agree with you, but it is just usually spaz guitar with copious amounts of whammy that is poorly executed for 8 measures until a noticeable riff comes back in. :2cents:Disagree. Slayer solos may not be technically amazing, but they fit the mood and style of the band perfectly. I'll grant that that style wouldn't really work for any other band, but it's part of what makes Slayer Slayer.