Album: Death by Metal (Demo)
Released date: 1984
Genre: Death Metal
Country: United States
It is widely known by most metalheads who are loyal devotees of the extreme metal genre that before there was Death they were formerly called as Mantas. Under the name Mantas the band released three rehearsal tapes, along with a live tape, before deciding to change their name to Death in late 1984 and finally releasing this five track demo “Death By Metal“.
This magnum opus of a demo was the band’s first record released under the name Death, and this also serves as the ancestor of what we now know as the death metal genre. Now I know a lot would react to my statement about this demo being the blood lineage of the death metal genre because of the album being loaded with a number of thrashy elements, but this was totally ahead of its time when it comes to distinguishing what was defined as thrash metal during that era.
Every track in this demo is more anarchic, ponderous, blistering and intense in abhorrence than most thrash metal albums that were coming out during those times. The demo contains the resonance of early Slayer materials, yet it is more murky and vile when it comes to the delivery. With the twin guitar combination of Chuck Schuldiner and Rick Rozz, each piece in the demo is filled with relentless riffs and killer shredding solos. The vocal work of Kam Lee (Kam‘s drumming is also to my liking in this release, as it hammers and pummels throughout the whole demo), that along with Chuck‘s astonishing shrieks, also slays in this demo.
There really is nothing to say more about this record for it is plausibly one of the best early extreme metal records that the band had recorded in their career. This is highly recommended to any fans of raw and old school extreme metal music. This is totally a must listen and must own record. Cheers to the pioneers of the death metal genre! Hail to sir Chuck Schuldiner! You are truly missed in the mortal world Evil Chuck.