|"Scream Bloody Gore"|
|Produced by Randy Burns|
|Released on 1987|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
W e pulled my old stiff suit out of the closet and propped it up on a camera tripod for this one, just to marvel at its manicured mannerisms in a discussion of music this blatantly brutal. I hear magazines do this sometimes with critics too. “This would appear to have attained cult status among death metal aficionados, a laurel I would heartily confer myself. The celerity of the fretwork truly astounds, the level of musicianship clearly on a par with their speed/thrash metal brethren. It’s breathtaking to imagine that as young lungs grew acclimated to the atmosphere of Anthrax’ Among The Living, itself a breakthrough in the annals of metal music, there existed a smaller cadre of metal fans who had leapfrogged over to the lifestealing music of Death. The titles are perhaps not to be taken seriously, intended more as an efficacious approximation of the music’s mood: “Mutilation,” “Zombie Ritual,” “Baptized In Blood.” The vocals are delivered in hoarse bursts, like primal scream therapy practiced in a madhouse, the arrangements designed to drive the listener into a frenzy of thrashing and punching. As a release of energy, few things can match the relentless force of Death, guitars arched high like gargoyles waiting to pounce on unsuspecting youths and tear the last vestige of polite inhibition from their bodies. The lack of a lyric sheet could be seen as a blessing (in poor company), since the vocals are no doubt dark commands to surrender to Death, or at least to take a hard appraisal of life’s shortcomings. Being but a stuffed suit in a closet, I don’t feel an especial affinity for Scream Bloody Gore, but my professionalism and well-tailored opinions tell me to respect the diversity of tastes that populates our pleasant globe, so I’ll direct them to this effort as perhaps the first station of the unholy cross worth contemplating.” Okay, back in the closet with yez. The embarrassing thing is, I sound like the suit myself sometimes. And reviewing stuff like this is usually a giant waste of time anyway. You either like death metal or you don’t, in which case you either own this album or you don’t. Yeah, it’s all sort of taxing to listen to, but no drain no gain.
Steve Sinclair -- executive producer
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||1987||Under One Flag||LP||FLAG12||inner sleeve|
|EUR||1999||Century Media||CDX||66019||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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