This is the album where it all began. Released in May of 1987, Scream Bloody Gore would prove to be as vital to the gore metal genre as "Symphonies of Sickness", "Severed Survival", or "Tomb Of The Mutilated" would be. As a debut, and for its age, the production is quite good. It does sound similar to "Leprosy" though the production is slightly inferior. The music itself is thrashy but certainly Chuck Schuldiner's horror movie like grinding chords shine through in most of the songs here. The lyrics are among the most shocking and evil written in the gore genre, yet Chuck's immaturity at the time in terms of lyricism is evident in some of the songs such as "Torn To Pieces". There are lots of standout tracks, but among the best are "Infernal Death", "Zombie Ritual", "Mutilation", "Torn To Pieces" and "Scream Bloody Gore". The Century Media reissue also comes complete with two bonus tracks, one from the "...Gore" sessions and one from the "Leprosy" sessions, along with live versions of "Open Casket" and "Choke On It", thus making it worthwhile for even someone who already owns this album to go out and buy it again.
It's a credit to Chuck that, excellent as this album is, that with Death's second album "Leprosy" he didn't go and write exactly the same record. Perhaps realising that the gore genre was a rather limited framework for the band to develop in, from "Leprosy" onwards he was dedicated to writing thoughtful and technical death metal without being pretentious. The first four Death albums are truly essential purchases, and with repeated listening, it's evident that Chuck manages to improve on each album, something that, given the quality on show in each album, is a terrific achievement.
Scream Bloody Gore often gets overlooked in favour of albums such as Leprosy and Human. But to overlook this excellent album would be criminal. If you've got the stomach for it, buy it!