Leprosy (album)

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Studio album by Death
Released August 12, 1988
Recorded April 1988 at Morrisound Recording,
Tampa, Florida, USA
Genre Death metal
Length 38:37
Label Combat, Relapse
Producer Dan Johnson
Death chronology
Scream Bloody Gore
Spiritual Healing
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Leprosy is the second album by American heavy metal band Death, released in 1988. Notably different in tone and quality from the 1987 debut, it is the first example of Scott Burns' work heard on many of the death metal and grindcore albums of that era. The cover is featured in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. The first album to feature drummer Bill Andrews and the only one to feature guitarist Rick Rozz.

In a death metal special by the German "Rock Hard" Magazine, Leprosy was voted the no. 1 of the 25 most important death metal albums of all time. A re-issue of the album will be released in April 2014 via Perseverance Holdings, Ltd. and Relapse Records.[2]

The title track "Leprosy" was covered by the blackened death metal band Akercocke on their 2007 album Antichrist. Dutch melodic death metal band Callenish Circle covered "Pull the Plug" as a bonus on their Flesh Power Dominion album, released in 2002; shortly thereafter, Norwegians Zyklon also recorded "Pull the Plug" to be used as a bonus track. Finnish thrash metal band Mokoma covered the track "Open Casket", with lyrics in Finnish and titled "Avoin Hauta", on their EP Viides Vuodenaika. "Pull the Plug" was also covered by American band Revocation.

On April 29, 2014 a three disc remastered edition containing bonus tracks was released via Relapse Records.

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Chuck Schuldiner and Rick Rozz, unless stated. All lyrics written by Chuck Schuldiner. All songs published by Mutilation Music.[3][4]

No. Title Length
1. "Leprosy" (Schuldiner) 6:19
2. "Born Dead"   3:25
3. "Forgotten Past"   4:33
4. "Left to Die"   4:35
5. "Pull the Plug" (Schuldiner) 4:25
6. "Open Casket"   4:53
7. "Primitive Ways"   4:33
8. "Choke on It"   5:54
2008 Century Media remastered digipak version[5]
No. Title Length
9. "Open Casket" (live) 4:49
10. "Choke on It" (live) 5:50
11. "Left to Die" (live) 4:35
12. "Pull the Plug" (live) 4:26
13. "Forgotten Past" (live) 4:33



  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Leprosy - Death". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve (March 20, 2014). "DEATH's 'Leprosy' Album To Be Reissued With Bonus Material". Blabbermouth. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Primitive Ways as registered at BMI.com, the percentage filed is 75% Schuldiner, 25% DeLillo (Rozz)
  4. ^ Death (Official), facebook page administered by Relapse Records and Eric Greif (the lawyer for Chuck Schuldiner's Estate), (retrieved November 18, 2011)
  5. ^ "Death (2) - Leprosy (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. June 2, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 

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