1987 - Scream Bloody Gore.
1988 - Leprosy.
1990 - Spiritual Healing.
1991 - Human.
Référence croisée Helter Skelter.
May 25, 1987 - 2022: 35 years of: Scream Bloody Gore.
The birth of Death-Metal.
Deathmetal was hatched in 1984 in sunny Altamonte Springs Florida, between angry-teens drummer / singer Kam Lee, guitarist Rick Rozz and guitarist Chuck Schuldiner: deathmetal's co-creators. Switching names from MANTAS to DEATH, in 1985 shit hit the fan, both Lee and Rozz goes on with MASSACRE while Chuck resets, shortly becomes a member of Canadian deathrashers SLAUGHTER, moves in California and records vocals, bass and guitars with to-be AUTOPSY drummer Chris Reifert.
Dark and deadly, the dismembering begins with an "Infernal Death". The sickness elevates from the grave with the signature-cut "Zombie Ritual", the unleashed "Mutilation" and the thrash asphyxiation of "Torn To Pieces".
More chainsaw massacre repulsions are exposed on the pestilencial "Regurgitated Guts" and the crowd-favorite "Denial Of Life". The album's closer, both fast-paced "Evil Dead" and "Scream Bloody Gore" takes a strong page out of the POSSESSED book of tricks. Note, the CD-edition contains two extra obituaries: the entombed "Beyond The Unholy Grave" and the from beyond "Land Of No Return".
The throat-ripping agonizing vocals, along the mid-paced to thrash tracks, added low-end tones and plenty of corpses to match, these are the standards for Death-Metal. From tape-traded demos to shoe-string Combat Records, this collection is the basis for all future deathmetal bands of the upcoming half-decade. Every artists from Tampa to New-York and from Sherbrooke to Stockholm, from the to-be deathmetal scene, all list Scream Bloody Gore as the genesis of the movement.
What Kill 'Em All did for thrashmetal ...Scream Bloody Gore did it for deathmetal.
When speedmetal turns deadly. Follow the brutal trilogy, the brutal build-up: from POSSESSED's 1985 Seven Churches unholy LP, to SLAYER's 1986 Reign In Blood über LP to DEATH's current slaughter, the sough after feel and sound is finally here.
For touring-purposes, Schuldiner re-unites with Rick Rozz, along MASSACRE drummer Bill Andrews and bassist Terry Butler ...all three men will stick around for the 1988 Leprosy LP and touring cycle. It all started in Florida.
DEATH is here !
Death-Metal is here !
Hail Scream Bloody Gore: the world's first official Death-Metal record !
RIP Chuck Schuldiner (1967-2001)
Scream Bloody Gore = full LP
Live in Chicago in 1987
Finally ...Chuck had a full band !
DEATH's debut Scream Bloody Gore LP was a two-man operation ...but this time around with 1988's Leprosy LP, this was a band ...and way more than a mere band: but the world's first all-star deathmetal band ! Welcome aboard two-third of MASSACRE: guitarist Rick Rozz, drummer Bill Andrews and bassist Terry Butler.
The speedmetal frenzy of 1985-86 with: To Mega Therion, Pleasure To Kill, Darkness Descends and Rrröööaaarrr led many acts biting the dust and looking for something more evil and diabolical. The answer: slowing down and turning the vocals inside-out ...and here comes the musical genre now known as: Death-Metal !
While 1987's Scream Bloody Gore LP is the world's first official deathmetal album, the second release, Leprosy is the one that spear-headed the movement. The aggression is put to full overdrive and Leprosy makes POSSESSED's Seven Churches LP sounds like THE BEACH BOYS !
The hot production and unique guitar-tones are engineered by to-be studio guru Scott Burns at the to-be famous Morrisound Studios in Tampa. From blunt to barbaric, from fierce to fatal, from vicious to virulent ... Leprosy is the deathmetal album to be reckoned with. Maybe not in speed, has other acts would abound aplenty, but in the brutal department: Leprosy is THE one-stop shop !
The slaughter kicks-off with the heavy mid-paced deadly title-track, to the up-tempo "Born Dead" that reminds us that we'll all "starve and rot in agony", to "Left To Die" a track that leaves nothing to the imagination. On the B-side, "Open Casket" is as brutal as it can get, while "Choke On It" is another gem in the impressive DEATH catalog, that showcases hints of progressive elements, that would shape the band's future. The album also features "Pull The Plug" a sickening track that eventually became the focal point of the album, as well as, a set-list encore for many years.
By 1989, all the to-be top-players in the scene now had full-length albums out: there was OBITUARY, there was DEICIDE, there was MORBID ANGEL ...but it all started with DEATH ...the first word in: Death-Metal !
Leprosy = full LP
Live in Philadelphia in 1988
February 16, 1990 - 2020: 30 years of: Spiritual Healing.
DEATH 2.0 a leaner, cleaner, smarter DEATH.
Turning-point between bloody brutal deathmetal and structured and intricate deathmetal. Step-one towards musical exploration and progressive exploration. Raw riffing and intelligent lyric-pattern, this is a high graded release in the to-be crowded scene. Deathmetal's answer to And Justice For All if you will.
Welcome home James Murphy !
Spiritual Healing = full CD
October 22, 1991 - 2021: 30 years of: Human.
Life after DEATH.
Progression and exploration, a new motto for DEATH's brain-child Chuck Schuldiner. From regurgitated guts and zombie rituals to cosmic seas filled with vacant planets, this updated band was now breaking away from the bloody horrors and clichés of deathmetal. A new outlook: positive deathmetal.
The drum-intro build-up of "Flattening Of Emotions" traps you into a corner and then all the elements of Mother Nature goes into full overdrive. Commanding bass, commanding guitars, commanding drums and commanding master Chuck makes a strong statement: this is us, now try and follow if you dare.
More speed infused with the gathering "Together As One", über-fast rolling bassdrums a now new standard in this new fusion, while "See Through Dreams" also send the BPM needle into the hot-zone. The musical explorations of "Cosmic Sea", a 4:28sec instrumental vision that once again, cuts ties with the brutality and instead, makes rooms for melodies, elaborate solos and jazz-patterns.
The MTV-video, a first for this band, with the progressive "Lack Of Comprehension" track might not get actual day-time broadcasting, but did find it's way into a million-viewing Beavis & Butt-Head episode. Not bad for a band with "Death" as their very own moniker.
A complete 45° in the genre Chuck created and the creation of a new sub-metal breed: progressive deathmetal. Welcome aboard SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio and CYNIC-members drummer Sean Reinert and guitarist Paul Masvidal, wich means, more mean-metal with more mean-melodies. Even some minor changes were applied to the band's logo ...a clear sign of forwardness.
Remember that during that same calendar-year, other deathmetal units have also stepped-up in the melody-department, namely: Holland's PESTILENCE and the UK's CARCASS. This re-birth after death shall continue to bloom, with DEATH 2.0's 1993 free-style infused Individual Thought Patterns CD.
RIP Sean Reinert (1971-2020)
Lack Of Comprehension = video
Human = full CD
At Morrisound Studios
Interview with Chuck in 1991
Live in Milwaukee in 1991
Référence croisée Helter Skelter:
Death-Metal US 1991
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