This song is about becoming strong enough to overthrow heaven. The blood that's raining down is the angel's blood.
Suggestion credit: Aaron - Des Moines, IA
This song is featured in a South Park episode where Cartman plays it to scare off hippies claiming that there is nothing hippies hate more than "Death Metal." Whenever Kerry King is asked about "Raining Blood" being used in the South Park episode Die, Hippie, Die, he always mentions, "It was good to see the song being put to good use; if we can horrify some hippies we've done our job." We think "If we can horrify some hippies we’ve done our job!" might as well be the official motto of Slayer. Print it on T-shirts!
Suggestion credit: Phil - Niagara Falls, Canada
Along with "Angel of Death," this is almost always one of the first two songs on the band's live show set lists.
Suggestion credit: Airk - Skagway, AK
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." Also in Precious Metal, 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?'"
Perhaps the weirdest cover in rock 'n' roll history occurred when Tori Amos covered "Raining Blood" for her studio album Strange Little Girls. Kerry King himself has said that the members of Slayer wouldn't recognize the Tori Amos version if you played it in front of them, if they hadn't been told that she was covering their song.
Luke from Manchester, United KingdomThis and Angel Of Death have never been Slayers first two songs.
Leo from Westminster 1, MdWhat a brilliant metal masterpiece! Raining Blood-I Don't need to decipher the lyrics or even understand. The emotion is there in Slayer's brilliant performance. Raining Blood-The Eighties' unsung masterpiece.
Jorge from Bronx, NyI like this band Live,Season in the Abyss,their best work,in my opinion,Always followed this band knowing Tom Araya is Chileanand the extraodianry drum playing of Dave Lombardo!
Luke from Manchester, EnglandAnd I wasn't calling Tom, I wa calling organised religion.
Luke from Manchester, EnglandJordan, 1. Satanists do not worship "the devil" - they worship themselves as both sides of the coin believing you choose your own destiny.
2. They do not cut open sheep (those are farmers) - They pretty much keep themselves to themselves and do not judge (those are Christians)
3. They are not "retards" - Satanists are intelligent people, open minded and none judgemental... Plus, "retard" is a pretty desperate insult and insulting to people who who have intelligence but are too mentally handicapped to access it.
Alex from Oconomowoc, WiShantell, The Album is Reign in Blood, the song is Raining Blood, get your facts straight before you post stupidity!
Shantell from Tijuana, MexicoActually,non of the above is true:First,its Reign in blood nor ¨¨Raining blood¨¨ like somo write,i some one has this album,check the name in the front cover. Second and last:In an interview back in the day,Jeff Hanneman explained his inspiration on the lirics,saying they where based on a dream he had,so from there came his inspiration of the concept and lirics of this greath display of agressivenes that´s Reign in blood...
Craig from Rockhampton, AustraliaHey Jordan, it might interest you to know that Tom Araya is actually a devoted Christian and has been for years. Do your research before you make disparaging remarks about people.
John from Richmond, KyListen here jordan...If you don't like slayer why are you looking on songfacts.com for slayer songs? Think a little.
David from Lakeland, Flhey jordan from (heh heh) texas....keep your religous judgemental hollier than thow opinions to your self. slayer and slayer fans are not satanic. besides all satan (if there is one) really is to me is a liberal angel that got cast out of heaven (if there is one) for pointing out god's (if there is one) flaws slayer fans arent retards, people who judge and condem other people are SLAYER RULES!!! Cant wait to see them this summer in the mayhem tour
Jordan from Union Grove, Txim a christian and i think this is for freakin stupid satanic retards
James from Newton, MaAvery you are wrong, that would be angel of death
Broc from Ass, MeStop talking about Angel of Death, this is Raining Blood.
Sal from Philadelphia , Paangel of death is about a scientist in a cocentration camp who experimented on humans by replacing their limbs with animal limbs or something like that
Luke from Manchester, England1. The word you're looking for is "sick" not "sic", sic (or (sic) ) means "intentionally spelt incorrect or out of context"
2. Angel Of Death is the song about the Camps and killings in WW2.
Avery from Bucksport, MeThis song is so sic! And if im correct this song is actually about the germans killing jews at concentration camps if im correct anyways
Jezebel from Lincoln, MoI'm using this song in a screenplay that I'm currently working.....kind of the same theme in my screenplay is what the song is about....weird.
Jqy from Houston, Uti like this song and i hate rap