DEATH — Back from the Dead

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Demo · 1985

Filed under Death Metal
By DEATH

Tracklist

1. Intro (0:35) instrumental
2. Back from the Dead (3:02)
3. Mutilation (2:29)
4. Reign of Death (2:28)
5. Beyond the Unholy Grave (3:13)
6. Baptized in Blood (3:42)
7. Legion of Doom (3:12)
8. Skill to Kill (2:28)

Total time 21:09

Line-up/Musicians

Chuck Schuldiner / Guitars, Vocals
Erik Meade / Bass
Eric Brecht / Drums

About this release

Independent, October 1985

Cassette

This demo is the first done by Schuldiner after moving to San Francisco, California.

The intro of the demo is premised of the theme from the television series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Thanks to Vim Fuego for the addition

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"Back from the Dead" is the first demo released by Death, after Chuck Schuldiner moved from Florida to California and assembled a new lineup for his project. Enter drummer Eric Brecht (formerly of D.R.I.) and bassist Erik Meade.

"Back from the Dead" features 8 tracks (one is a short intro) and a total playing time of 21:09 minutes. Some tracks had appeared on earlier demo releases, but were re-recorded with the new lineup. Only "Baptized in Blood" and "Mutilation" would be re-recorded and included on Death´s debut full-length studio album "Scream Bloody Gore" (May 1987, Combat Records). The sound quality is a bit murky and lo-fi, but it´s still audible that the band are well playing (Brecht is a skilled and fast playing drummer). Schuldiner has a raw growling vocal style, but also performs high pitched hysterical screaming. The latter sounds a little immature and doesn´t really fit the music that well.

I´m not sure if this is a rehearsal demo or if it was recorded on a 4-track recorder, but my guess would be the former, as this sounds really rough and unpolished. Some of the earlier Death demos have a superior sound quality to this one. A 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

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