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Friday, April 15, 2011

Metal Louvre: Slayer - Reign in Blood

It's only fitting the greatest thrash album of all-time be crowned by a masterful album cover. Obviously inspired by the violent Hell On Earth ravings of Heironymous Bosch, Slayer's artwork for Reign in Blood is more Rococo-meets-Old Masters.

While Bosch utilized a brighter color palette in his mankind-doomed triptychs, Larry Carroll's dank color scheme and exaggerated figures on Reign in Blood was more indicative of the political cartooning he is more reknowned for. Who knows what figureheads Carroll had in mind while illustrating Reign in Blood?

One would have to assume the devil is Hitler in connection with Slayer's immortal Auschwitz protest, "Angel of Death." Pope John Paul II was still in the Vatican when Reign in Blood came out, still today one of the most revered religious leaders. There he (assumedly) cowers beneath the pagan goat who could be anyone from Reagan to Margaret Thatcher, if you're hearkening back to eighties politicos. Worse, the pope on this cover is actually a slave to evil as one of the throne carriers.

Slayer always did love to tweak their audiences, didn't they? No wonder Columbia/Def Jam tried to disown Reign in Blood, sending it along to Geffen to distribute. History shows who profited from the gutsy decision to mainstream release an album destined to surpass its controversies as an all-time music classic.


cjk_44 said...

Ray, good insight into an album cover that is impressive in its own right, but that i believe to be rendered completely irrelevant given what the music provides.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

For some reason that made me laugh, but I hear you, bro.

metalodyssey said...

No filler songs, no filler moments within the songs on this masterful Metal album. It's amazes me every day of my Metal life, that Slayer is not in "that place" known as The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame along with Metallica. Then again, Slayer did not make commercial albums like "Load" and ReLoad" either, in order to get recognized by "that" establishment.

My ranting is due to Slayers almighty discography, continued legacy and "Reign In Blood" being consistently recognized as the greatest Thrash Metal album ever. (Phew)... Ray, that felt good to get off my chest! Metal be thy name. \m/

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Vent true, brutha! RIB is the greatest thrash album of all-time, it's gospel. I've been to the RNRHOF and let's just say they will have to acknowledge Slayer one day since they took two I right?

Anonymous said...

OF course black xtians will die come the Apocalypse since xtianity is an Italian religion and Italians hate niggers for invading and raping their women, infesting their precious blood with black gutter nigger blood.
And that's how the gods achieved crack babies, drive-by/thug life, AIDS in Africa and the current movement of pimping 10 year old girls:::Using the Italians to do their dirty work for them.
It is the god's positioning that the Italians run the show, and if blacks ever behave outside their self-destructive behavior (looting white neighborhoods) the gods will position the Italians to give white vigilantes a dirty nuke, perhaps a different weapon of mass destruction, to destroy these urban black neighborhods from where the trouble initiates and level their communities. "People want it now." People get sick of their disturbed behavior.

"Satan's music."
It's everything::::
Satan's movies.
Satan's sports.
Satan's TV.
It's created and designed to distract you from doing what you need to be doing to give yourself a chance, at the same time poisoning your mind with disturbing ideas which too often get put into practice in society.