“Still Reigning” (re-issue) by Slayer

Artist: Slayer
Title: “Still Reigning”
Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: 8/17/2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

Much like the “War At The Warfield” film by Slayer, the “Still Reigning” DVD has also been reissued for the masses to consume and since we compiled our thoughts about it when it was initially released in 2004 I have slightly modified that text to be more current and re-present it to you below:

Out of print for a few years now, Slayer has once again released their great DVD entitled “Still Reigning”. It was initially delivered to their maniacal fan base in 2004 and at the time was only preceded by the bands first official DVD film “War At The Warfield” in 2003. From the onset there are a few stand out points to be aware of which I think all of the bands fans will enjoy. The main and probably most important fact is how this will mark the first official release that features original drummer Dave Lombardo. He rejoined the lineup as a permanent member in 2003 replacing Paul Bostaph who had served well in this role for a number of years. Bostaph’s injury prevented further work with the band and who better to replace the replacement but the original. Since the time of this film I have gotten to enjoy Paul’s playing in Testament where he is a perfect fit but with no offense to Paul, Slayer is at is Metal best with Dave on the skins. Some fans might have already enjoyed a film with Dave on drums but that item was featured as a part of the career spanning boxed-set “Soundtrack To The Apocalypse” exclusively. Let’s face it, not everyone is going to shell out almost $100 to get it, even though I recommend that they do. The next stand out piece is the fact that the album “Reign In Blood” is performed in it’s entirety from beginning to end. For many Metal fans this album is considered to be a seminal work in the bands catalog and one can only imagine just what it does to a ravenous audience that gets to hear it performed to completion. This is a great new way to enjoy a truly killer album, and no matter if your favorite is “Angel Of Death”, “Raining Blood”, or “Piece By Piece” it will throttle you until the finish without question.. If you were a fan that is old enough or had been following the band around the time of this actual tour which was the “Jaegermeister Music Tour” of 2003; you will remember how the “Reign In Blood” album was performed as the encore to the bands set. At the final number which was “Raining Blood” the band, the stage and all the amplifiers were doused in “blood” as the closer. You would have gotten a lot of this on you as well had you been close enough to the action.

I was lucky enough to attend the regional show and found it to be a pretty excellent treat for all in the packed to capacity Roseland Ballroom. The only difference from those tour nights and the actual DVD is how this was the closing portion of the bands show and not the beginning as the film would lead you to believe. The film does capture this pretty well and the result is intense but did you expect anything less from a band like Slayer. This ends the main portion of the film and the rest of the bands set, or at least what they are choosing to share with the home viewers is actually the tunes that were played earlier in the night. One of my main criticisms of the DVD is the fact that they did not include the entire performance from the shows and I am guessing that this was avoided in order to have this film be different from the “WATW” DVD. Of course the bonus songs are great to have but I personally like my concert films to deliver the show the way it was enjoyed by the fans as this helps make the home viewer who attended relive the experience and lets those that missed out not feeling all too bad about themselves for having this be the case. I also would have liked to see the bands most recent videos included on the release to offer more “bang for the buck”. Despite the couple of reservations I can say that “Reign In Blood” is performed to its perfection and it’s excellent to see the original lineup in their most brutal fashion once again. Slayer, while a band best experienced live, is still able to give you an example of what to expect at their shows on this DVD. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed at these masters of the craft as they pummel the home viewing audience’s senses. In addition to the songs listed as bonus inclusions, there is a lengthy interview with the band where they line out their influences and beginnings. The release also comes with a booklet that offers a number of photos all presented in a very dramatic manner. Some liner notes exist also.

I was a little surprised when I learned how this DVD was already out of print considering it was relatively new at only seven years. There are horrible movies that seem to get a longer shelf life than stuff like this and that’s a shame. Oh well, this is no longer an issue as there are now three Slayer DVD’s to smash property to. The films are available separately or as a special edition collection which is only available on the Slayer official website.

Track Listing:
1. Angel Of Death
2. Piece By Piece
3. Necrophobic
4. Altar Of Sacrifice
5. Jesus Saves
6. Criminally Insane
7. Reborn
8. Epidemic
9. Postmortem
10. Raining Blood
11. War Ensemble (bonus)
12. Hallowed Point (bonus)
13. Necrophiliac (bonus)
14. Mandatory Suicide (bonus)
15. Spill The Blood (bonus)
16. South Of Heaven (bonus)
17. Slayer In Their Own Words (bonus)

Official Website: http://www.slayer.net

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