“Angel of Death” is the opening track on thrash metal band Slayer’s
album Reign in Blood, released on October 7, 1986. Written by guitarist
Jeff Hanneman (pictured) and produced by Rick Rubin, it is by far the
longest track on the album at 4 minutes and 51 seconds, and features
prominent verses and choruses, unlike the other tracks. The lyrics
invent a sadistic rant by the Nazi physician Josef Mengele, who
conducted human experiments at the Auschwitz concentration camp during
World War II. Despite accusations that the lyrics reflect Nazi
sympathizing and racism, which the band vigorously denied, the song has
been highly influential in the development of both thrash and speed
metal. Although it did not chart, it has been praised by critics, and
appears on all of Slayer’s live albums. AllMusic’s Steve Huey described
it as a classic and the album as “the pinnacle of speed metal”. One of
its riffs was sampled by Public Enemy in their 1988 song “She Watch
Channel Zero?!” (Full article…).
Today’s selected anniversaries:
The French privateer Robert Surcouf led a 150-man crew to
capture the 40-gun, 437-man East Indiaman Kent.
Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222–0 in the most
lopsided college football game in American history.
Hua Guofeng succeeded Mao Zedong as Chairman of the Communist
Party of China.
Croatian War of Independence: The Yugoslav People’s Army
conducted an air strike on Banski dvori, the official residence of the
Government of Croatia in Zagreb.
Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya
was assassinated in the elevator of her apartment block in central
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(neurology, chiefly US) A medical condition caused by a chromosomal
excess, whereby the patients bear a certain resemblance to the Mongoloid
race, such as a small head and tilted eyelids, and typically have a
delay in cognitive ability and physical growth.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
You and I are created for transcendence, laughter, caring. God
deliberately did not make the world perfect, for God is looking for you
and me to be fellow workers with God.
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