Death - Scream Bloody Gore
- Infernal Death
- Zombie Ritual
- Denial of Life
- Regurgitated Guts
- Baptized in Blood
- Torn to Pieces
- Evil Dead
- Scream Bloody Gore
- Beyond the Unholy Grave
- Land of No Return
What can I say? Death is the epitome of the death metal genre. You would think their first album sounds sloppy and messed up, right? Well first off; this is Death's rawest album out of all of their albums. Their first full-length album is fucking killer. In my opinion, I think all death metal bands should have the production of this album. It has to sound have that rough and raw sound. The reverb on the album is really good. I love albums that use too much reverb. Many people may hate reverb, but I happen to love it very much. Too bad very few death metal bands or any band for that matter uses reverb. Reverb makes metal sound heavier.
This has a lot of elements of thrash in it. Yes, death metal was spawned from thrash, so there are thrash metal influences found on here. I think after Slayer's �Reign In Blood� came out, it influenced a countless number of death metal bands, including Death. It is evident that Death was influenced by the infamous Slayer album. The songs are pretty damn fast and furious.
This was made before the spiritual lyrics were ever written for Death. This features some really gruesome and disgusting lyrics. It's all about gore, death, and violence. Chuck Schuldiner was called evil at some point in his career. Just read the lyrics for Evil Dead and Scream Bloody Gore. Those are some pretty evil lyrics. He was 19 going on 20 when this album was recorded. You can listen to his vocals on the demos before this album and compare his vocals on SBG. He sounds more like a man on the album. His voice really developed nicely as an adult. He sounds similar to the dude who was in Possessed.
The guitars on here are really awesome. All of the riffs on this album rock. I really love the riffs on Infernal Death, Mutilation, and Scream Bloody Gore. Zombie Ritual has the most memorable riff. The opening riff kind of sounds Egyptian. Some of the other riffs sound similar on a couple of songs, but I can tell them all a part. There are a few melodic riffs in there too, but not that many.
Chuck is a good rhythm and lead guitarist. Although some of the solos sound pretty sketchy, I think it sounds fantastic. The solo for Mutilation is very good. This is the only album that has Chuck doing bass duties. He does a good job handling the bass parts on SBG. Chuck was even a talented guitarist during the SBG days, that's why he also did bass. He's no world renowned bassist; he just gets it done right. If you're a guitarist, then naturally I think you can do bass really well.
Chris Reifert is a brutal drummer. He does many of the same beats on several songs on SBG. He may not be the world's best metal drummer, but he can really make the drums sound brutal. He's a simple death metal drummer, I like that. Besides Chuck, it would of been cool if he was a permanent member of Death. He could of expanded his horizons if he stayed in Death. He's without a doubt one of my favorite Death drummers.
I can't really say for sure that this the first true death metal album, but it is one of the first ones. This should be in every true death metalhead's collection. You don't know what you're missing if you don't own this. From the second I saw the album cover, I knew it was going to sound really vicious.