Scream Bloody Gore

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Scream Bloody Gore
Studio album by Death
Released May 25, 1987
Recorded November 1986 at the Music Grinder in Los Angeles, California
Genre Death metal
Length 37:51
Label Combat Records
Producer Randy Burns, Chuck Schuldiner
Death chronology
Mutilation
(1986)
Scream Bloody Gore
(1987)
Leprosy
(1988)

Scream Bloody Gore is the debut studio album by American death metal band Death. Released in 1987, it was considered "the first true death metal record".[1] Chuck Schuldiner plays bass, wrote all the songs on the album and provides vocals in addition to guitar for the album. John Hand is noted on the cover as playing rhythm guitar, though this was incorrect and Hand was only in the band for a short period and was not on the recording.[2] This is also the only Death album to feature drummer Chris Reifert, who had joined for the Mutilation demo.[3] The album is currently out of print, pending a re-issue via Perseverance Holdings, Ltd. and Relapse Records. It is however available for download through digital music retailers.

Overview[edit]

Scream Bloody Gore was actually recorded twice, with the second, Los Angeles-based session being released as the album by label Combat Records (later Relativity). It was first recorded in Florida, although only the rhythm guitar and drum tracks were recorded. The track-listing consisted of Torn to Pieces, Legion of Doom, Scream Bloody Gore, Sacrificial Cunt (later shortened to Sacrificial because the label asked the band to do so, possibly because “they didn’t want to get P.M.R.C. on their case”[4]), Mutilation, Land of No Return, and Baptized in Blood. The label were unsatisfied after hearing the initial mix, so Schuldiner and Reifert re-recorded the album in California with Randy Burns as producer. Once returning to Florida, the first session was released as a promotional tape, and was eventually bootlegged. Legion of Doom was a longtime staple of Death’s rehearsals and live shows, and was indeed the first song written, reaching back to when they were known as Mantas.

Despite the many songs written during Death’s demo days, only half of them were re-recorded for the album, the rest being new compositions. Infernal Death and Baptized in Blood originally appeared on the Infernal Death demo. Zombie Ritual, Mutilation and Land of No Return originally appeared on the Mutilation demo, and Evil Dead and Beyond the Unholy Grave were originally on Death By Metal. Beyond the Unholy Grave and Land of No Return were also cut from the album, though were included on the re-release, with the live audio tracks taken from the Ultimate Revenge II video.

Certain songs on the album were inspired by horror movies. For example, Regurgitated Guts was inspired by the film City of the Living Dead a.k.a. The Gates of Hell, Beyond the Unholy Grave was influenced by the movie The Beyond, and Zombie Ritual was inspired by Zombie, all of which were films directed by Italian director Lucio Fulci.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[7]

Scream Bloody Gore is considered the first death metal album. Although some critics consider Seven Churches to be the first death metal record, Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia explained that Seven Churches was a transition between thrash metal and death metal, while Scream Bloody Gore defined the core elements of death metal.[8] According to music journalist Joel McIver, Death's debut album was a "turning-point in extreme metal",[9] and qualified it as "the first true death metal album".[10] Writer Ian Christe stated in Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal that “Scream Bloody Gore emulated hardcore punk. It also evoked the dark moods of horror sound tracks from the drive-in zombie and cannibal horror films of George Romero”.[11] Metal Forces described the album as “death metal at its utmost extreme, brutal, raw and offensive - the kind that separates the true death metallers from countless trend-following wimps”.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.

No. Title Length
1. "Infernal Death"   2:54
2. "Zombie Ritual"   4:35
3. "Denial of Life"   3:37
4. "Sacrificial"   3:43
5. "Mutilation"   3:30
6. "Regurgitated Guts"   3:47
7. "Baptized in Blood"   4:31
8. "Torn to Pieces"   3:38
9. "Evil Dead"   3:01
10. "Scream Bloody Gore"   4:35
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Beyond the Unholy Grave"   3:08
12. "Land of No Return"   3:00
1999 remastered version
No. Title Length
13. "Open Casket" (Live) 4:50
14. "Choke on It" (Live) 5:56
2008 remastered digipack version
No. Title Length
13. "Denial of Life" (Live) 3:47

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aldis, N. & Sherry, J. Heavy metal Thunder, 2006, San Francisco: Chronicle ISBN 0-8118-5353-5
  2. ^ a b "Blabbermouth Reifert interview". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lahtinen L. Chris Reifert - Ex-DEATH, ex-AUTOPSY & ABSCESS, metal-rules.com, (retrieved May 23, 2010)
  4. ^ Death. In: Jon Kristiansen: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries. Bazillion Points Books 2011, p. 134.
  5. ^ "Diamonds Are Forever". Hard Rock Magazine. March 2002. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ Huey, Steve. "Scream Bloody Gore - Death". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Death - Scream Bloody Gore (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Death Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ McIver, J. The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, 2009, #10: Chuck Schuldiner, Jawbone Press
  10. ^ McIver, J. Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica, 2004, p. 155, Omnibus Press
  11. ^ Christe, I. The Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal, 2003, p. 241, Harper Collins
  12. ^ as noted in Mudrian, A. Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore, 2004, p. 75, Feral House