Label: Def Jam Recordings - 24131-4,Geffen Records - 24131-4 • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Turkey • Genre: Rock • Style: Thrash, Speed Metal
The lyrics and music were written by guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Although the lyrics describe Mengele's abuses rather than endorsing them, "Angel of Death" led to accusations of Nazi sympathizing and racism against the band, which they vigorously denied Angel Of Death - Slayer - Reign In Blood which followed them throughout their early career.
Despite the controversy and the resulting delay in the release of Reign in Bloodthe song remains a live favorite, and has appeared on all of Slayer's live albums. The song has been described as highly influential in the development of thrash metal or speed metaland is highly regarded by some critics; AllMusic 's Steve Huey called it a classic and the album "the pinnacle of speed metal".
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman wrote "Angel of Death" after reading Angel Of Death - Slayer - Reign In Blood about Nazi physician Josef Mengele while on tour with the band. I thought, 'This has gotta be some sick shit. The lyrics are written both from Mengele's point of view and from that of a detached observer condemning his actions.
The lyrics of "Angel of Death" delayed the release of Reign in Blood. The band were signed to Def Jam Recordswhose distributor, Columbia Recordsrefused to release the album due to its Desires - Timecop1983 - Reflections matter and artwork, which they believed were "too graphic".
However, due to the controversy, Reign in Blood did not appear on Geffen Records' official release Angel Of Death - Slayer - Reign In Blood. The controversy led to accusations of Nazi sympathizing which have followed Slayer throughout their career. I know why people misinterpret it — it's because they get this knee—jerk reaction to it. When they read the lyrics, there's nothing I put in the lyrics that says necessarily he was a bad man, because to me — well, isn't that obvious?
I shouldn't have to tell you that. And of course we got the most flak for it in Germany. I was always like, 'Read the lyrics and tell me what's offensive about it. The song drew accusations of racism, which the band has denied. Araya expected the subject matter to create a similar backlash to that of "Angel of Death", although it did not materialise,  in part, he believes, due to people's view that the song is "just Slayer being Slayer".
At 4 minutes and 51 seconds, "Angel of Death" is the longest track on the album, which is 29 minutes in total. Araya's vocal performance begins with Como Siempre He Deseado Amarte Comme JAi Toujours Envie DAimer - Caravelli - Caravelli piercing, wordless scream.
When drummer Lombardo left Slayer inthey recruited a full-time replacement in Forbidden drummer Paul Bostaph. The band members told him there were eight, "perfecting" the song afterwards. Although "Angel of Death" did not chart, it was highly praised by critics reviewing Reign in Blood. Lyrically outlining the horrors to come, while musically laying the groundwork for the rest of the record: fast, lean and filthy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved Decibel Magazine.
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