For a long time I wanted to do a review of the best Death Metal-album of all times. Of course I talk about the debut of DEATH. As all of you know by now, founder and mastermind Chuck Schuldiner passed away from cancer on December 13th 2001. I could see for myself how hard this illness can be, because my father, too, lost his fight against a brain-tumour after six torturous years.
Back to DEATH. When I had read the review to "Scream Bloody Gore" back in 1987 in "Metal Hammer"-magazine, it said "90% of all Metalheads - hands off!" Reason enough for me to get it. It turned into an order at the then great No Remorse-mailorder, where I also ordered the debut of M.O.D. After my first listen of DEATH I thought, what a trash and already mentally discarded it as a bad purchase. Somehow I was a little shocked by the brutality.
After the third or fourth listen I fell for it: I was addicted to this music! What "Reign In Blood" meant for Thrash, "Scream Bloody Gore" is for Death Metal. The most important album overall!!! Where other bands only had two or three hits on an album, this one was loaded with them. Just look at the number of cover-tunes. Countless acts of the extreme sector have covered DEATH. Now guess which album was covered most?
If there still are people, who do not know this album, it contains raw, fast Death Metal with a minimum on melodies and variety, but having this certain something, making it a milestone of the genre. The unmistakeable grunting of a Chuck Schuldiner and the mercilessly brutal production of Randy Burns are the crown of this album! The whole thing is rounded off by the culty Ed Repka-cover, which shows four decomposed monks at a booze-up.
You see, there is no way around the most probably most important, besides MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness", album of Death Metal EVER. Get it, today!