Limited Edition 12 ” Picture Disc VinylAlbum Notes: Following the success of Hell Awaits , Slayer was offered a recording contract with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin ’s newly founded Def Jam Records , a largely rap -based label. The band accepted and with an experienced producer and major label recording budget, the band underwent a sonic makeover resulting in shorter, faster songs with clearer production. Gone were the complex arrangements and long songs featured on Hell Awaits , ditched in favor of stripped down, thrash metal influenced song structures. [ Def Jam’s distributor, Columbia Records , refused to release the album Reign in Blood due to its graphic cover art and lyrical themes. For example, “ Angel of Death ” detailed Holocaust concentration camps and the human experiments conducted by Nazi physician Josef Mengele . The album was distributed by Geffen Records on October 7, 1986. However, due to the controversy, Reign in Blood did not appear on Geffen Records’ release schedule.  Although the album received virtually no radio airplay, it became the band's first to enter the Billboard 200 , debuting at #94, and the band’s first album certified gold in the United States . In October 1986, Slayer embarked on the Reign in Pain world tour, with Overkill in the US , and Malice in Europe . The band was added as the opening act on W.A.S.P. 's US tour, but just one month in, drummer Lombardo left the band: “I wasn’t making any money. I figured if we were gonna be doing this professionally, on a major label, I wanted my rent and utilities paid.” To continue with the tour, Slayer enlisted Tony Scaglione of Whiplash . However, Lombardo’s wife convinced Dave to return in 1987. At the insistence of Rubin, Slayer recorded a cover version of Iron Butterfly ’s “ In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ” for the film Less Than Zero . Although the band was not happy with the final product, Hanneman deeming it “a poor representation of Slayer” and King labeling it “a hunk of shit”, it was one of their first songs to garner radio airplay . Credits: Record Label: Def Jam Catalogue No: LONLP34-P Line-up:
Tom Araya: Vocals, Bass Jeff Hanneman: Guitars Kerry King: Guitars Dave Lombardo: Drums Producer: Rick Rubin and Slayer Mastered by: Howie Weinberg Engineer: Andy Wallace Design: Stephen Byram Illustration by: Larry W. Carroll Photography: Charly Rinne Track List: A1 Ang el Of Death 4:50 A2 Piece By Piece 2:02 A3 Necrophobic 1:38 A4 Altar Of Sacrifice 2:49 A5 Jesus Saves 2:49 B1 Criminally Insane 2:13 B2 Reborn 2:20 B3 Epidemic 2:12 B4 Postmortem 2:44 B5 Raining Blood 4:23 The Reign of Blood 12” Picture Disc by Slayer is factory-sealed new . It has never been played and has always been kept in its original packaging. The LP is not a promo or cutout. T are no marks or punches of any kind. All our CDs and vinyl are new ! If you have any questions or want to see additional photos, just email us. Payment must be received within 7 days . We accept and prefer PayPal .