The second studio album by the American thrash metal band, originally released in March 1985. The lyrical themes on the album include hell and Satan, as with their debut; the intro of the title track played backwards reveals the repeated phrase 'join us'. Musically, the album features the band's most progressive and diverse work compared to their previous releases, and according to Kerry King, he and Jeff Hanneman were very into Mercyful Fate at the time, which then led to the longer and more progressive songs.
Track Listing: 1. Hell Awaits - Slayer 2. Kill Again - Slayer 3. At Dawn They Sleep - Slayer 4. Praise of Death - Slayer 5. Necrophiliac - Slayer 6. Crypts of Eternity - Slayer 7. Hardening of the Arteries - Slayer