DEATH

Death Metal / Technical Death Metal • United States
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Death was an influential death metal band founded by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner in Orlando in 1983. They released several demos as Mantas before changing their name in 1984.

Death is widely considered one of the most influential bands in the genre. The band’s debut, "Scream Bloody Gore", has been described as “death metal’s first archetypal document,” and Schuldiner himself as the “father of death metal". However, Schuldiner dismissed such attributions in an interview with Metal-Rules.com, stating, “I don’t think I should take the credit for this death metal stuff. I’m just a guy from a band, and I think Death is a metal band.”

As of 2008, Death has sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, with 368,184 albums having been sold in the US alone (not counting sales prior to the Soundscan era), making them one of the top-selling death metal bands of all time. Their best-selling album, "Human",
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DEATH albums / top albums

DEATH Scream Bloody Gore album cover 3.37 | 79 ratings
Scream Bloody Gore
Death Metal 1987
DEATH Leprosy album cover 3.95 | 82 ratings
Leprosy
Death Metal 1988
DEATH Spiritual Healing album cover 3.82 | 76 ratings
Spiritual Healing
Death Metal 1990
DEATH Human album cover 4.23 | 133 ratings
Human
Technical Death Metal 1991
DEATH Individual Thought Patterns album cover 4.35 | 129 ratings
Individual Thought Patterns
Technical Death Metal 1993
DEATH Symbolic album cover 4.47 | 180 ratings
Symbolic
Technical Death Metal 1995
DEATH The Sound of Perseverance album cover 4.39 | 138 ratings
The Sound of Perseverance
Technical Death Metal 1998

DEATH EPs & splits

DEATH Ultimate Revenge 2 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Ultimate Revenge 2
Death Metal 1989
DEATH Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance
Death Metal 2004

DEATH live albums

DEATH Live in L.A. (Death & Raw) album cover 4.42 | 13 ratings
Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
Technical Death Metal 2001
DEATH Live in Eindhoven '98 album cover 4.31 | 8 ratings
Live in Eindhoven '98
Technical Death Metal 2001
DEATH Vivus! album cover 3.22 | 5 ratings
Vivus!
Technical Death Metal 2012
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Montreal 06.22.1995 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Montreal 06.22.1995
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non​​:Analog - On​​:Stage Series - Chicago, IL 01.21.1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non​​:Analog - On​​:Stage Series - Chicago, IL 01.21.1988
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Tijuana 10.06.1990 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Tijuana 10.06.1990
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Showcase Theater, CA 07.14.1995 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Showcase Theater, CA 07.14.1995
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Live 1990, 1991 Unknown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Live 1990, 1991 Unknown
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Tampa, FL 02.10.1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Tampa, FL 02.10.1989
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Belgium 12.23.1991 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Belgium 12.23.1991
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Detroit, MI 1993 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - Detroit, MI 1993
Death Metal 2020
DEATH Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - New Rochelle, NY 12.03.1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non:Analog - On:Stage Series - New Rochelle, NY 12.03.1988
Death Metal 2020

DEATH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DEATH Death by Metal album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Death by Metal
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Reign of Terror album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Reign of Terror
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Live Tape #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Tape #2
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Total Zombie Death (Live Tape #3) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Total Zombie Death (Live Tape #3)
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Live Tape #4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Tape #4
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Infernal Live (Live tape #5) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infernal Live (Live tape #5)
Death Metal 1984
DEATH Rehearsal tape #1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #1
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #2
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #4
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #6
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #5
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Infernal Death album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Infernal Death
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Infernal Live (Live tape #6) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infernal Live (Live tape #6)
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rigor Mortis album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Rigor Mortis
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #7
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #8
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #9 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #9
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #11 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #11
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Back from the Dead album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Back from the Dead
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #12
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Live tape #7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live tape #7
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Live tape #8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live tape #8
Death Metal 1985
DEATH Rehearsal tape #10 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #10
Death Metal 1986
DEATH Rehearsal tape #13 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal tape #13
Death Metal 1986
DEATH Mutilation album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Mutilation
Death Metal 1986
DEATH Scream Bloody Gore Aborted Sessions album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Scream Bloody Gore Aborted Sessions
Death Metal 1986
DEATH Leprosy Demos album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Leprosy Demos
Death Metal 1987

DEATH re-issues & compilations

DEATH Fate: The Best of Death album cover 1.78 | 5 ratings
Fate: The Best of Death
Death Metal 1992
DEATH Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death
Death Metal 1999
DEATH Victims of Death - The Best of Decade of Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Victims of Death - The Best of Decade of Chaos
Death Metal 1999
DEATH Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance II
Death Metal 2004
DEATH Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance / Zero Tolerance II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance / Zero Tolerance II
Death Metal 2005

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DEATH movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
Ultimate Revenge 2
Death Metal 1989
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
Death Metal 2001
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Eindhoven '98
Death Metal 2001
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Cottbus '98
Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Japan
Technical Death Metal 2010
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Death by Metal
Death Metal 2018

DEATH Reviews

DEATH The Sound of Perseverance

Album · 1998 · Technical Death Metal
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And Death’s nearly flawless discography comes to a close. The band had been advancing in progressive technicality with each album, and it culminates in their most complicated and impressive album yet.

The Sound of Perseverance, like the album cover portrays, was a monumental mountain of insane musicianship and songwriting. The guitar leads are neoclassical at times, weaving up and down scales of melodies, while the rhythm guitar is more rhythmic than before, opting for a more progressive chug. The rhythm section itself is slightly less aggressive, focusing on complicated polyrhythms even more than before. And of course, Chuck changes his vocal approach to a more high-pitched shriek, switching distinctly from a type 2 to a type 3 metal scream. It’s definitely the most difference in sound found on a new Death album.

For the most part, the album is the same incredible quality, and again, the musicianship here is just mind-bendingly good. However, this is the first Death album where I feel the band falls a bit into the “too-progressive metal” style. Songs still feature incredible, memorable riffing, but I do feel a little is lost by focusing on technicality a bit too much. Still, Death is less guilty of this than most Tech Death acts, and the album remains a fantastic swansong for the band.

DEATH Leprosy Demos

Demo · 1987 · Death Metal
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The "Leprosy Demos" is a demo recording by US, Florida based death metal act Death. The demo was released in December 1987. It was recorded during a rehearsal on December 5th, 1987. I´m not sure that it´s true, but most sources say that Chuck Schuldiner plays all instruments (including the drums) and performs all vocals on the demo. Schuldiner opted to return to his native Florida after having relocated to California in 1986 and teaming up with drummer Chris Reifert for the recording of the band´s debut full-length studio album "Scream Bloody Gore" (May 1987, Combat Records). He subsequently wanted Reifert to move to Florida with him, but Reifert couldn´t see himself living in the humid heat in Florida, and opted to stay in California and soon after formed his own death metal act Autopsy. So the tracks featured on this demo were recorded while Schuldiner was looking for new musicians to record the sophomore Death album.

All five tracks on the 22:35 minutes long demo would be re-recorded and included on "Leprosy" (November 1988, Combat Records). It´s interesting how well developed classic tracks like "Open Casket" and "Pull the Plug" already were at this point. The technical progress from the more simple songwriting found on "Scream Bloody Gore" is astonishing. If it is indeed Schuldiner who plays the drums he´s quite the capable drummer (his drumming is faster and more technically challenging than what Bill Andrews brought to the table on the final versions). The guitars are sharp sounding too, the guitar solos well played, and the vocals are snarling and aggressive. It´s all a little bit more chaotic, unhinged, and raw than the studio versions on "Leprosy", but no less rewarding. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

DEATH Scream Bloody Gore Aborted Sessions

Demo · 1986 · Death Metal
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"Scream Bloody Gore Aborted Sessions" is a demo release by US death metal act Death. It was recorded in July 1986 and was originally meant to be the recording sessions for the band´s debut full-length studio album "Scream Bloody Gore" (May 1987, Combat Records). At this point Death were living in California, but they opted to return to Chuck Schuldiner´s native Florida to record their debut album. After recording the basic rhythm tracks (guitar and drums), the duo of Schuldiner (vocals, guitars, bass) and Chris Reifert (drums) however weren´t satisfied with the results, and they ended up travelling back to California, to start over and record the album at The Music Grinder, L.A., CA. with producer Randy Burns. This demo features the aborted Florida sessions.

The demo features seven tracks and a total playing time of 27:10 minutes. It´s interesting to see that only four out of the seven tracks would be re-recorded and included on "Scream Bloody Gore" ("Sacrificial Cunt" was re-titled "Sacrificial"). So Death obviously imagined the album quite differently to begin with. All tracks on the demo are instrumentals featuring solely rhythm guitar and drums. So no vocals on this one and no bass or guitar solos.

The execution is sharp and professional, but the sound production is more in the treble high end and would probably be better suited for thrash metal, and Death wisely decided that it was not the right sound for their music. It´s still quite the interesting historical document though, and a 2.5 star (50%) rating is warranted.

DEATH Mutilation

Demo · 1986 · Death Metal
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"Mutilation" is the last demo released by Death before they were signed to Combat Records and started recording the material for their debut full-length studio album "Scream Bloody Gore" (May 1987, Combat Records). At this point Death consisted of Chuck Schuldiner (lead vocals, guitars, bass) and Chris Reifert (drums). The demo was independently released in April 1986.

The "Mutilation" demo features three tracks and a total playing time of 10:24 minutes, and it´s on this demo that Death finally found their sound. "Land of No Return" didn´t make the cut to be included on "Scream Bloody Gore", but both "Zombie Ritual" and "Mutilation" were re-recorded and included on the debut album. The demo features a raw, but still detailed and powerful sounding production. It´s sharp, brutal, and aggressive. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

DEATH Back from the Dead

Demo · 1985 · Death Metal
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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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