"Raining Blood" as written by Kerry King and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Trapped in purgatory
A lifeless object, alive
Awaiting reprisal
Death will be their acquiescence

The sky is turning red
Return to power draws near
Fall into me, the sky's crimson tears
Abolish the rules made of stone

Pierced from below, souls of my treacherous past
Betrayed by many, now ornaments dripping above

Awaiting the hour of reprisal
Your time slips away

Raining blood
From a lacerated sky
Bleeding its horror
Creating my structure now I shall reign in blood

Lyrics submitted by jt, edited by antaries12

"Raining Blood" as written by Kerry King Jeffery John Hanneman

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  • +6
    General Commentjust call them metal you assfucks
    handofdoomon June 04, 2003   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI kind of see this as a Satanic wet dream.

    The first bit is about the souls trapped in purgatory, who are waiting to exact their revenge against God who put them there. The second bit is the Devil fantasizing about his actions when he returns to power. Particularly "abolishing the rules made of stone" or the Ten Commandments.
    The third bit is actually my favorite lines. "Pierced from below, souls of my treacherous past." These are the angels that followed Lucifer (Satan)in his ill-fated revolt against God (hence "treacherous") and who now reside in Hell with him. "Betrayed by many, now ornaments dripping above." refers to all the souls in Heaven who have "betrayed" Satan by living holy lives and are now victims of his reprisal.

    "Your time slips away" I think is a direct statement to God. Basically he's telling God: "Your time is over, it's my turn now."
    Finally the last bit is Satan's final oath. The "lacerated sky" refers to the Heaven which he has destroyed and with God out of the way he can reign in blood.
    burnedagenton June 21, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentdeath metal? no my friend, i think you'll find its actually called thrash metal
    (seeing as though slayer kinda created thrash metal)
    hedonismon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHell yeah!!!!!!!! This is the best fucking song ever written... The opening not only sends shivers up and down my spine, but also drives me fucking crazy. Bang your heads till they fucking fall off! Slayer rules!!!
    RnngBldon June 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    darkpop2Dzombieon April 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time I hear this song it just makes me want to punch my mom in the face and sacrifice a cat!
    Tommy Cherryon March 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentObvious satanic theme. Sick, sick sick sick main riff. Not the most musically complex, but who -cares-. It's impossible NOT to headbang when listening to this song. You'll find your head moving up and down whether you like it or not.
    AngryCitizenon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbelieve it or not, araya and the guys know their theology. and this song is actually a reference to a bible teaching, kind of. in the bible it says that after armagedon, the devil we be thrown in the abyss for 1000 years while jesus rules as king, then be released to tempt mankind once more, then be destroyed. You can wast your time looking up what bible experts say, but trust me they will say its true. Anyways this song is basically saying that when the devil is finally released, he's gonna kick some ass. I heard this from song guy i met, ive looked it up, its true, and looking at the lyrics, i'd say it makes total sense
    DJdefmetalon May 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE IT :)
    pooron May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the greatest heavy metal songs ever written. The opening to this song still makes chills go down my spine.
    OceanOfChaoson May 15, 2002   Link

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