Gather around the campfire, kids, and we'll tell you what 1986 was like. Ronald Reagan was president of the USA. A typical new car was under $10,000. There were bad times (like the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger), and there were good times… like on October 7, when Slayer released their third album, Reign in Blood. It was their major label debut, produced by a young guy named Rick Rubin, and it grabbed the attention of many people who, at the time, had never experienced music this extreme. Even today, 30 years later, Reign in Blood stands up to examination as one of the heaviest, most raw, and powerful albums to ever come out of the thrash metal realm (average beats per minute of the entire album: 220), and helped set the path for dozens of bands that came afterward.
In 2011, to commemorate the album’s 25th anniversary, ESP released the limited-edition LTD SLAYER-2011, which featured the Reign in Blood cover art in a graphic finish, and sold out almost immediately. And now here we are, another five years later, and it’s hard to believe that 30 years have gone by since the first time we got to hear songs like “Angel of Death” and “Raining Blood”.
An axe that's sure to set tongues waggin' and ears bleeding, this LTD's body is splattered with a reproduction of the Larry Carroll's artwork from the cover of the controversial and influential thrash metal album "Reign in Blood". The headstock has a special LTD logo in the famous Slayer typeface, next to the words "Reign in Blood 25". Pentagram inlays are set in the lower half of the fingerboard, with the Slayer logo inlaid near the 12th fret. Slayer guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King would be proud of the X-tra thin U neck contour, ebony fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets, and the fierce EMG-81/85 active pup combo. Black hardware and Slayer/Stars inlays add to the extreme vibe.