Since day one, DEATH have been nothing but a band which have written
(well Chuck has) genuine REAL METAL numbers, material that has
nothing in common with blur bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE, SIX FEET
UNDER and three other billion acts deliver. Schuldiner is a pure
die hard metaller and he always made sure to incorporate in his
songs: hooks, soul, heart and he knows how to capture people's
vibes just like EXCITER, SLAYER, METALLICA or RAVEN did so well
18 years ago. After all, DEATH started in '83 as MANTAS so he
was nothing but a full part of that whole new speed / power /
thrash / death sound.
I don't know if that release was issued to gain funds to help
out Schuldiner but it was about time to hear a DEATH live album
after all those years. While DEATH have never been a really powerful
band in a live situation - particularly during the Butler / Andrews
and "Symbolic" eras as they were lacking that particular
intensity that bands like EXODUS or SLAYER had - I must admit
that their '98 tours were quite convincing but still couldn't
compete with the famous '93 tours, particulary the European one
from September / October which featured Schuldiner, Hoglan, DiGiorgio
& Locicero where it was an unrecognizable outfit which was
performing intense material all the way back then.
The 13 songs here were recorded in L.A. during the "Sound
Of..." tour and showcase mostly material from the '90s when
the band had opted for a much more technical metallic aspect.
Only crowd faves 'Zombie Ritual' and 'Pull The Plug' (i.m.o. still
one of the worst songs ever penned by Schuldiner but for some
reason people eat it up!) come from the old days.
How somebody who claims to be a metaller can not enjoy the likes
of 'Trapped In A Corner' - one of the most outstanding tracks
of all time in terms of pure talent, 'Flesh And The Power It Holds'
with its totally godly intro followed by a mindcrushing riff and
'Symbolic' featuring some totally off the wall drum parts etc.
is beyond me. The only thing that a traditional metaller can object
to is the vocals which are based on screaming and raw vocals but
still so much more effective and convincing than the likes of
If you really take the time to listen to DEATH's music without
any preconception, you'll see that they're nothing but a pure
metal outfit closer to heavy metal than the many outfits that
claim to be nothing but true metal when in fact they're just mostly
posers and losers.
Another DEATH live CD and DVD was issued late October, recorded
at the Dynamo Open Air fest from 1998 through Nuclear Blast and
will be ONLY available through them, a part of the funds will
go directly to help out Schuldiner.