Song of the Week: Slayer: Angel of Death

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We have done a bunch of songs as part of the Song of the Week. Some of the songs were well known songs and some were little known, but there is no disputing that when someone mentioned “Angel of Death,” everyone knows that the song was written by the thrash metal legends Slayer.

The leading track off of the epic Reign in Blood album, “Angel of Death” is actually the longest track of the album clocking in at 4:51 on an album that only runs 29 minutes in length. It is also the most conventional song of the album as the majority of the tracks on the album do not rely on typical verses and choruses.

The song was written by the late great guitarist Jeff Hanneman who wrote the song after purchasing a couple of books about the Nazi physician Josef Mengele while on tour. The lyrics detail Mengele’s surgical experiments on patients at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Due to the lyrical content of “Angel of Death,” Reign in Blood succumbed to a delayed release because their label was against the lyrical content of “Angel of Death,” but more so because of the album’s artwork. The album eventually did gets it release on October 7, 1986.

Slayer: Angel of Death

Slayer: Angel of Death Lyrics

Auschwitz, the meaning of pain
The way that I want you to die
Slow death, immense decay
Showers that cleanse you of your life

Forced in
Like cattle
You run
Stripped of
Your life’s worth
Human mice, for the Angel of Death
Four hundred thousand more to die
Angel of Death
Monarch to the kingdom of the dead

Sadistic, surgeon of demise
Sadist of the noblest blood

Destroying, without mercy
To benefit the Aryan race

Surgery, with no anesthesia
Fell the knife pierce you intensely
Inferior, no use to mankind
Strapped down screaming out to die
Angel of Death
Monarch to the kingdom of the dead
Infamous butcher,
Angel of Death

Pumped with fluid, inside your brain
Pressure in your skull begins pushing through your eyes
Burning flesh, drips away
Test of heat burns your skin, your mind starts to boil
Frigid cold, cracks your limbs
How long can you last
In this frozen water burial?
Sewn together, joining heads
Just a matter of time
‘Til you rip yourselves apart
Millions laid out in their
Crowded tombs
Sickening ways to achieve
The holocaust
Seas of blood, bury life
Smell your death as it burns
Deep inside of you
Abacinate, eyes that bleed
Praying for the end of
Your wide awake nightmare
Wings of pain, reach out for you
His face of death staring down,
Your blood running cold
Injecting cells, dying eyes
Feeding on the screams of
The mutants he’s creating
Pathetic harmless victims
Left to die
Rancid Angel of Death
Flying free

Angel of Death
Monarch to the kingdom of the dead
Infamous butcher,
Angel of Death

Angel of Death