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SlayerSouth Of Heaven

Genre:Rock
Style:Thrash
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Tracklist

South Of Heaven5:00
Silent Scream3:02
Live Undead3:51
Behind The Crooked Cross3:12
Mandatory Suicide4:03
Ghosts Of War3:55
Read Between The Lies3:21
Cleanse The Soul3:01
Dissident Aggressor2:34
Spill The Blood4:48

Credits (17)

Notes

Originally released on 5 July 1988.

The album was the band's second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin, whose production skills on their previous album Reign in Blood (1986) had helped their sound evolve. Given the frenetic pace of Reign in Blood, Slayer wisely made no attempt to top it on South of Heaven; rather, the band offset and complemented Reign in Blood by deliberately slowing the tempo down on South of Heaven, as well as by utilizing undistorted guitars and toned-down vocals.

It was the band's last album released by Def Jam, although the rights were transferred to Rubin's new label Def American Recordings after Rubin ended his partnership with Russell Simmons. The album was one of only two Def Jam titles to be distributed by Geffen Records through Warner Bros., as Def Jam's then-distributor Columbia refused to release work by the band.

South of Heaven became Slayer's second album to enter the Billboard 200, peaking at number 57.
While some critics praised the change in the band's sound, others more accustomed to the style of their earlier efforts were disappointed.

Nonetheless, the songs "Mandatory Suicide" and the title track have since become permanent features of the band's live setlist.

South of Heaven was later certified gold by the RIAA in 1992.
Vinyl releases:

1988
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Canada
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Argentina
EU R/S Alsdorf I R/S Alsdorf I R/S Alsdorf with poster
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Greece I test
Spain
UK
Australia

2007 picture

2010 EU

2013
US I 500 unmarked red
EU

2014
666 clear numbered
green

2021 Italy

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