Review: Scream Bloody Gore
Magazine: The Final Verdict / USA
Written by: Fox
Published: 1999-2005

Whether you believe Venom, Possessed, Celtic Frost or Death was the first death metal act, I don't think there's much question that this is unquestionably death metal, and a landmark release in the genre. That said, there's nothing really that special about it, except it was pretty heavy for its time of release, there are no slow sections or ballads, and melody is used some what sparingly, the riffs are all fast and heavy, and the vocals are growled forth unlike what other bands dared to do at the time. Lyrically, it pretty much derives from slasher movies, and Chuck managed to fit the word 'cunt' into almost every song. Chuck does all the vocals, bass and guitars on the album too, Chris Reifert does the drums, and although John Hand is listed as a guitarist, he didn't actually play on the album. Not that it really matters, Death is Chuck's baby as the lineups will rotate over the years.

The songs are some of the more memorable death metal songs, as its closer to really heavy thrash. There's some nice dark leads thrown in there as well. The two stand out tracks are the last two "Evil Dead" has one of the darkest, more sinister melodic guitar intros ever, its really cool. The title track is pretty good as well, and has a nice solo. The last four tracks are bonus tracks on the re-release. "Beyond the Unholy Grave" is quite good. "Open Casket" and "Choke On it" were recorded live before Leprosy came out, and both good tracks.

Rating 8,4


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