Decade of Aggression

Decade of Aggression
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 1991
RecordedJuly 13, 1991
March 8, 1991
October 14, 1990
VenueLakeland Coliseum in Lakeland, Florida
Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, California
Wembley Arena, London, England
GenreThrash metal
LabelDef American
ProducerRick Rubin
Slayer chronology
Seasons in the Abyss
Decade of Aggression
Divine Intervention

Decade of Aggression is a double live album by Slayer, released on October 22, 1991, through Def American Records (later renamed to American Recordings) and produced by Rick Rubin. The album was recorded in three separate places on three separate dates. Its working title was Decade of Decadence until Mötley Crüe registered the name. Three of the album's tracks were included in the box set Soundtrack to the Apocalypse. The album's reception was generally positive, with Entertainment Weekly and Robert Christgau both giving the album a positive rating. The album reached number 55 in the Billboard 200 and also charted on two other charts.


While touring on the Clash of the Titans tour to promote the 1990 studio album Seasons in the Abyss, separate sections of the Decade of Aggression album were recorded on October 14, 1990, March 8, 1991, and July 13, 1991, however, AllMusic said that Rick Rubin's production "seems to be in terms of shaping the live sound to make it sound like this is all one gig." Although it had a working title of Decade of Decadence, it would be released as Decade of Aggression after Mötley Crüe copyrighted the name on their 1991 greatest hits album.[1] It was released through Def American Recordings on October 22, 1991.[2][3]

The release was intended to give them time to decide what their next album's style would be.[5] Text in the book The Great Rock Discography said that it was released after the band had gained popularity, saying "Slayer had finally made it into the metal big league and summing up the first blood-soaked chapter of their career, the group duly released the live double set."[6] It was also released to commemorate their 10th anniversary.[7]

The album does not feature an overdub of guitars. In The Rough Guide To Rock, it was said to be "intense" and "put studio favorites through the live shredder in a brutal and definitive manner."[8] Most of the tracks were a selection from South of Heaven, Reign in Blood, and Seasons in the Abyss.[9] The album's total duration is one hour, twenty-five minutes, and twenty-eight seconds (85:28).[9] Three of the album's tracks were included in the box set Soundtrack to the Apocalypse.[10]

The album booklet includes a photo gallery with pictures dating back to 1982. The majority of the photos come from Kevin Estrada, who has said: