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South of Heaven - Slayer | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic


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  • Los Angeles, CA
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South of Heaven

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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

When it comes to death metal, no band is more convincing than Slayer. For other bands, focusing on death, Satanism, the supernatural, and the occult became a cliché; but Slayer's controversial reflections on evil always came across as honest and heartfelt. The group's sincerity is the thing that makes South of Heaven so disturbing and powerful -- when the influential thrashers rip into such morbid fare as "Spill the Blood," "Mandatory Suicide," and "Ghosts of War," they are frighteningly convincing. With their fourth album, Slayer began to slow their tempos without sacrificing an iota of heaviness or incorporating any pop elements. South of Heaven would be Slayer's last album for Def Jam. When Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons (brother of Joseph "Run" Simmons of Run-D.M.C.) parted company, Slayer went to Rubin's new company Def American, while LL Cool J, Slick Rick, and other rappers recorded for Simmons at Def Jam.

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Title/ComposerPerformerTimeStream 1 South of Heaven Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman Slayer 4:58 Spotify 2 Silent Scream Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:06 Spotify 3 Live Undead Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:50 Spotify 4 Behind the Crooked Cross Jeff Hanneman Slayer 3:14 Spotify 5 Mandatory Suicide Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 4:05 Spotify 6 Ghosts of War Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:53 Spotify 7 Read Between the Lies Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:20 Spotify 8 Cleanse the Soul Tom Araya / Jeff Hanneman / Kerry King Slayer 3:01 Spotify 9 Dissident Aggressor K.K. Downing / Rob Halford / Glenn Tipton Slayer 2:35 Spotify 10 Spill the Blood Jeff Hanneman Slayer 4:49 Spotify blue highlight denotes track pick