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5.0 out of 5 stars Made history in the Death Metal genre, 14 Nov 2003
This review is from: Scream Bloody Gore (Audio CD)
If you’re any kind of Death Metal fan at all, you should have a copy of this album. On it’s release, it was about as nasty as metal got, and even today, it still has an unmistakeable intensity to it. With songs like ‘Baptized In Blood’, ‘Mutilation’ and ‘Torn To Pieces’, Death’s mainman, the late Chuck Schuldiner, virtually invented the genre of gore metal, later perfected by the likes of Cannibal Corpse. Whilst not as extreme as most of today’s Death Metal bands, Death could still turn it on when they needed to. The stand-out track of this album, and of ‘80s Death Metal as a whole is the fantastic title track, though there isn’t a bad song on it, notwithstanding that some of the lyrics sound a little cliched and immature today. However, don’t be put off by that, this is an album that fans of the genre cannot be without. Whilst most hardcore Death fans rate Leprosy or Human as their favourite release, I personally would go for Scream Bloody Gore every time, both for it’s more straightforward tendencies (some of the later releases were a bit technical for the sake of being technical), and for it’s influence on Death Metal as a whole, as the student of the genre that I am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sick as the title suggests, but still excellent, 24 May 2002
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This review is from: Scream Bloody Gore (Audio CD)
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death Metal Was Born, 17 April 2013
This review is from: Scream Bloody Gore (Audio CD)
Man, I was not ready for this album when it was released, I bought a Vinyl copy back in 1987 when i was 15, I bought it based on 3 reasons, 1- I had enough money to buy an album, 2- I couldnt find any familiar bands that I didnt already have and 3- The cover was mean... In other words what could possibly go wrong...nothing... That was until I played it... it made for hard listening and I didnt get it, after that its main use was to become something to scare my little bro out of the room when he was annoyin me, i didnt even play it I just showed him the inner sleeve.
Eventually the title track became bearable and I noticed a style behind the seemingly distraught Schuldiner and the guitars had riffs to decipher, this was new and it took time to understand, by the time Leprosy was released I knew what Death were about and I also knew that they would change music... Scream Bloody Gore was groundbreaking and nowadays when i listen to it I think in 20+ years no other Death Metal band has been able to make anything better, so in my opinion this is a classic..........
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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesnt get much better than this, 30 Dec 2011
This review is from: Scream Bloody Gore (Audio CD)
This is real heavy as hell death metal that makes you remember you're alive and could wake you out of any coma. This is the first album I listened to from Death, the intro to Evil Dead I heard which got me interested and after checking out more songs I had to have this album and only recently re-mastered.

Death's later releases take a slightly different approach and although all their albums are sheer brilliant, this one is the most brutal album. Scream Bloody Gore could make a child cry for days in terror from its ferocity. The guitars are epic and grinding, Chuck's voice is powerful as always and resembles what I hope for in death metal. Every song from this album is terrifying and gritty. The songs are very fast as death metal should be with extremely heavy vocals.

A classic album that displays energy and real talent from the early days of death metal. It still holds tough to this day and is as powerful as a fist in the face.
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