This album marked a deliberate departure from Slayer's previous albums, with slower songs, a more melodic vocal style, spoken word vocals on "Mandatory Suicide" and even acoustic guitars on "Spill The Blood". Slayer have stated that this was the only album that they planned out in advance—they felt that they couldn't outdo the speed of Reign in Blood.
The album faced vocal opposition by many of their fans, though the album is not a complete departure from their previous sound, featuring songs as fast as any they had previously released, such as "Silent Scream".
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2 Chart position
1988 South Of Heaven The Billboard 200 No. 57