Issued on America's premier rap label at the peak of the thrash-metal movement, Slayer's controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, a seamless 29-minute procession of 10 blindingly fast, apocalyptic songs. The first book in English about Slayer explores the creation of the most universally respected metal album and its long road to the stores, through original interviews with the entire band, plus producer Rick Rubin, engineer Andy Wallace, cover artist Larry Carroll, and Def Jam insiders from Russell Simmons to M.C. Serch. From Tori Amos to Pantera's Phil Anselmo, dozens of fans and artists discuss the record's ongoing impact and Slayer's status in the small fraternity of rock's greatest groups.
"If one metal album deserves a serious look, it's Slayer's Reign in Blood." Thus begins this edition of 33 1/3, written by Christian Rummel and narrated by D.X. Ferris. Metal heads will appreciate the author's thorough knowledge of the genre, and his inclusion into the text of numerous artists and fans of this thrash-metal classic. Even die-hard fans of Reign in Blood's apocalyptic music will find new insights buried in this book, and all listeners will find themselves with a greater understanding of the composition and production of the album. D.X. Ferris' dramatic growl sounds like the preview for an action movie, and will be sure to keep listeners tuned in.
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