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Scream Bloody Gore is, of course, exactly what it says on its blood-splattered 1987-released tin; hideously dark riffs alongside off-the-handle screeches. The aptly-named Death may appear cliche in the 21st century, but in their day the group sat amongst the true pioneers of their ear-scrapingly abrasive genre.

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Scream Bloody Gore by Death
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9/10 gbar 8th May 2017

In 1987, Death released Scream Bloody Gore during a time when most of their demos had been heard across the metal community, so this release was long-awaited to say the least. It was also one of the very first death metal albums ever released and as such, it influenced a countless amount of bands, and continues to do so thirty years on. The songs are all relentlessly heavy and played at lightning-speed tempos, and with song titles like "Regurgitated Guts" and "Evil Dead", you can also expect some pretty gruesome lyrics. Chuck Schuldiner would end up to become one of the most technical and complex guitarists in extreme metal history, but at this point he wasn't quite the musical mastermind he would end up being, but it's obvious he had a clear vision throughout the album. Standout tracks here are "Zombie Ritual", "Evil Dead" and "Infernal Death" (all of which are played at just about every Death concert). In closing, this album is musically different than later releases such as Individual Thought Patterns and The Sound Of Perseverance, but Scream Bloody Gore was the start of the immortal legacy of Chuck Schuldiner and indeed Death.



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