South of Heaven

Slayer - South of Heaven
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Based on 3 reviews
1988 Ratings: #108 / 127
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Based on 105 ratings
1988 Ratings: #39
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July 5, 1988 / Release Date
LP / Format
Def Jam / Label
Thrash Metal, Metal / Genres
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Another great album by Slayer. South Of Heaven shows the band going in a different direction after the success of Reign In Blood, and personally I like it.
A few complaints I have is that I do think that a few tracks didn't really need to be here. Songs like Live Undead and Behind The Crooked Cross felt like nothing more than just filler to me.
Also, whilst I still absolutely adore the instrumentals, I do think the vocals are fairly uninteresting here, and honestly I think they are at their ... read more
I like this new direction the band took after "Reign in Blood". The music feels way more focused and not just some thrasher dudes trying to play as fast as possible while praising Satan. However, it still suffers from some indistinguishable songs, but a decent record, regardless.

EDIT: Wow, turns out this is actually pretty great! Although a fairly slower album when compared to the previous record, "South of Heaven" rarely gets boring and it's far more riff driven than ... read more
The title track is better than most of the album. Most of the songs lie around ok and meh-tier, except for Mandatory Suicide, Dissident Aggressor and Spill the Blood. Slayer took a step in a direction away form the critically acclaimed Reign in Blood, which was probably a smart move.
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Track List

  1. South of Heaven
  2. Silent Scream
  3. Live Undead
  4. Behind the Crooked Cross
  5. Mandatory Suicide
  6. Ghosts of War
  7. Read Between the Lies
  8. Cleanse the Soul
  9. Dissident Aggressor
  10. Spill the Blood
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Added on: January 5, 2014