Having been born in 1970, Reign in Blood was one of the seminal albums of my life.
Back in the day, non-mainstream metal used to be hideously difficult to get hold of (basically if your tastes went beyond Dio, Maiden, Sabbath, Led Zep, Rainbow etc you were fucked). I used to get tapes sent from underground fanzines (you bought a postal order, sent it to a PO box number, and hoped) to get the latest from Kreator, Celtic Frost, Sepultura, Voivod, Possessed and the like. I wish I still had some of these, they would probably be collectors items.
I used to make regular trips to the Rock Box in Camberley, but also Shades in London. This was the metal Mecca of the time, a huge metal-only record store in a basement in an alleyway off Wardour Street, not far from the old Marquee club. One such pilgramage was to pick up the new album by Slayer - on vinyl of course (the choice being vinyl or cassette).
Bought it, read the lyrics and thankyou notes on the inner sleeve on the train journey home, then finally put the disk on the turntable. From the opening scream of Angel of Death to the last notes of Raining Blood, the album burned itself into my psyche. I remember being amazed how quickly the album was over - here was 45 minutes of music played in under 30. I went to 2 gigs on the Reign in Blood tour that supported the album release, and came home both times with my mind completely blown, not only had they recorded this incredible album but they then proceeded to bludgeon the crowds with it live.
It was a milestone album for metal, and makes me feel slightly less bad to be an old git that I was there to see it 'born'.
RCHD wrote:Snowy is my favourite. He's a metal God.