Reign in Blood, Slayer are settling well into their status as extreme-metal elder statesmen. Regrouping with new band members in the wake of the 2013 death of guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman, bassist-vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King unleashed 2015’s Repentless and showed that there is still plenty of anger and aggression left in Slayer’s tank. Lamb of God are one of the bigger names still standing from the early 2000s’ new wave of American heavy metal. Albums such as 2015’s VII: Sturm und Drang showcase the Virginia act’s blend of punishing metal fury and power-groove riffs cribbed from Pantera’s playbook, which has made them an heir to that long-defunct band’s throne as champions of meat-and-potatoes, riff-driven metal. Also with Behemoth.
Now 30 years removed from their 1986 thrash-metal classic