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Hames_Jetfield, January 13th, 2021

There are those for whom Death = the beginning of death metal as a genre itself. Logically, why should we be surprised, the name suggests a lot to think this way! Well, okay, everyone used to be a layman, so it should be corrected briefly and armed with adequate understanding towards such theories. The brain of the group, Chuck Schuldiner, of course, was not the first to invent death metal, but as one of the few he contributed to its dissemination and the creation of his own style that inspires many others. So much for the rather encouraging introduction to the rest of the reading of "Scream Bloody Gore", then I'm going to get a bit bored, after all, we're talking about a band that has already been quite exploited by numerous reviewers (and not only).

So I would treat this entry as one of those that are primarily intended to remind a little of the classics in accordance with the principle that good music should be shared rather than described in great detail. At this stage, Death is still quite raw death metal (sic!), with a slightly thrash metal feeling, full of Schuldiner screaming, far from escaping into less typical patterns and directly aggressive. At that time, the band that made up "Scream Bloody Gore" was only two people, contrary to what appears in the insert, Chuck Schuldiner - vocals/guitar/bass, Chris Reifert - drums. It can be quite a surprise, because these two young guys at that time created a great bang on the size of a "full" band, raw, but also relatively technical (especially from the solos side, you can hear the germ of the direction in which Chuck will go on the next albums). Here, too, the production did its job, which perfectly highlights the excellent skills of Reifert and Schuldiner, and at the same time does not take away any of its "primitivity" from the music. The "gore" type cover will probably not appeal to everyone (although there are also many supporters), but it fits the cover style and has its own charm.

As for the music itself, it's even better here. Virtually every track is of an excellent level, and such tracks as "Zombie Ritual", "Evil Dead", "Sacrificial" or the title track are absolute classics that perfectly show what exactly the style of early Death was (in "Zombie Ritual" there was, however, a delicate announcement the later one) - strict, aggressive, in a way catchy and even technical. The rest of the songs not listed are also worth checking, if only for the reason that they keep the level of the above-mentioned.

At the end, some clich├ęs again. "Scream Bloody Gore" - together with Possessed's debut - is simply an excellent source of cognition of such music, and at the same time a lot of well-thought-out, "primitive" death metal. It's hard to get a better start, everything that is desirable in this style (with an emphasis on being "evil") has just been reflected on the Death's debut! At this point, you could probably refer to several other cds with similar "influence", but it does not change the fact that "Scream Bloody Gore" is one of the (most) important ones.

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