In the book Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
, two members of Slayer answer "What song has held up best?" with "Raining Blood." Says guitarist Jeff Hanneman: "I still love playing that song live. You'd think we'd be tired of it - I mean, I'd love to know how many times we've played it live. That would be really interesting." While co-lead guitarist Kerry King says: "The intro is big with the two-guitar harmony part, and then that first beat Dave [Lombardo] does, that double-kick thing, and it's like this backwards gallop that gets the crowd going regardless of where you are. I mean, we could be playing in front of Alanis Morissette, and the crowd loves that part."
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, Slayer gives credit where credit is due to engineer Andy Wallace and producer Rick Rubin for the sound of the album Reign in Blood
. As Kerry King is quoted, "It was a different mentality. Right away, the first thing you notice is that there's no reverb on it. That allows it to be way more threatening - it hits you in the forehead. Rubin really cleaned up our sound on that record, which drastically changed what we sounded like and how people perceived us. It was like, 'Wow - you can hear everything, and those guys aren't just playing fast; those notes are on time.' It was what we needed to be. Before that, we were happy to sound like Venom or Mercyful Fate. We played in Reverb Land, for lack of a better term. And the reverb was the first thing Rubin took out. When we heard the mix, we were like 'Why didn't we think of that before?'"