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Interesting, at the very least - 72%

Cronos12390, November 21st, 2007

Well, here we have an early live recording of the band Death, around the time they started using that now widely known moniker in place of the old name Mantas. First off, the sound quality of this recording is extremely good given this is both a live recording and that this recording is over two decades old. The guitars and drums are fairly simple to make out, as are the vocals. A lot of the songs here are a good bit thrashier than anything you'll hear on Death's first album, probably due to the band's Venom worship. Aside from the Venom cover, just look at the track "Mantas" to see the influence. It's got riffs that sound like they were pulled straight out of "Welcome To Hell", has a blistering pentatonic solo (Much in the style of Venom's lead guitarist, Mantas), and hell, it's named after one of Venom's members!

As the notes say, Chuck does some of the vocals, trading on and off with Kam Lee. Kam's vocals are fairly rough growls, deep, but not quite death metal vocals. Chuck, when he does sing, seems to do a Cronos-esque yell (Though less guttural than Cronos), or some of the high-pitched screams one would hear on Scream Bloody Gore. There is a bit of humour to be found in the transitions between songs, when one hears the members of Death (Talking in their growling voices and staying in some "Evil" character) introducing songs. In the beginning of "Power of Darkness", you can hear Chuck say, "Death is on our side!" with Kam joining in with "When the darkness falls! Evil shall prevail! No light shown...Because...The powers of darkness!". This may read as intimidating, but with Kam's voice, it's nothing short of hilarious to me. On to the guitars, the players (Rozz and Schuldiner, I presume) are quite good when one considers their lack of experience on instruments, with only the solo sections seeming off in any way. Granted, the guitar parts don't sound particularly hard, however, the simplicity of them adds to their overall impact, with no pretension of complexity. The drums are alright, powerful and thudding along with the guitar riffs in a similarly simplistic manner. This demo is really valuable more as a collector’s item for rabid fans of Death rather than a must-buy, but I won't say it's worthless in regard to musical quality either