Raining Blood

"Raining Blood"
Song by Slayer
from the album Reign in Blood
ReleasedOctober 7, 1986
Recorded1986, Los Angeles, California
GenreThrash metal
Length4:14
LabelDef Jam
Composer(s)Jeff Hanneman
Lyricist(s)
Producer(s)

"Raining Blood" is a song by the American thrash metal band Slayer. It is the tenth song in the band's 1986 album Reign in Blood. Written by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, the concept deals with religion, specifically said to be about overthrowing Heaven.

The song is one of three tracks on Reign in Blood longer than three minutes, at four minutes and fourteen seconds. It ends with a minute of rain sound effects. Described as a "classic" by Allmusic,[1] it is noted by fans as one of Slayer's most popular songs. As an almost permanent addition to their live sets, both Hanneman and King acknowledged it as their favorite song to play live.

There have been many appearances of the song in the media and elsewhere, including the South Park episode "Die Hippie, Die", video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, said to be one of the hardest songs in the latter's Career Mode setlist. There is also a live appearance of the song in the compilation albums Headbangers Ball and Hard N' Heavy Vol. 61.

Writing and concept

"Raining Blood" was written by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.[2] D. X. Ferris said that "when Hanneman wrote the song, he envisioned a scene from a dark street or bloody back alley", and later went on to say that the song "described a banished soul awakened and hungry for vengeance." The second verse was written by King, who "pick[ed] up on Hanneman's title and in his new direction".[3] The song, along with the rest of Reign in Blood, was recorded in 1986 in Los Angeles, California, with producer Rick Rubin.[4][5]

Hanneman explained that "it's about a guy who's in Purgatory 'cause he was cast out of Heaven. He's waiting for revenge and wants to fuck that place up." King later said that "the rest of the song explains what happens when he starts fucking people up. The lyrics 'Return to power draws near' is because he's waiting to get strong enough again to overthrow Heaven. And then 'Fall into me, the sky's crimson tears' is everybody's blood flowing into him. So basically, 'Raining Blood' is all the angels' blood falling on him."[6]

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