Leprosy Double CD
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Opener and title track is both brutal, unlike anything I'd ever heard before (as a 13 year old at the time Schuldiner's guttural roar was literally scary), played with technical expertise and also more melodic than death metal should ever sound. This was the sound of a genre beginning. Which was not evident at the time, although it was clear that something different lay within those vinyl grooves. Their debut may be lauded quite correctly as the seminal catalyst for all death metal to gush but Leprosy was where the band honed their sound and progressed their vision with astounding results. It sounds unlike any modern death metal album as the genre has evolved itself over the 20+ years but the crushing kernel of the genre's core still remains beating in its riffs and growls. Literally for me the title track became an instant classic. 'Born Dead' follows with even more evil intent but with less scope, still forging ahead with mantra-like choruses that shouldn't be catchy but are. 'Forgotten Past' eschews any such notion of traditional death metal (and this as about as traditional as you can get!Read more ›
In terms of voice, the only vocalist who comes close in terms of clear enunciation in Death Metal is Ross Dolan of Immolation, he was that good. If a tasteful look at death embedded in solid, commanding musicianship sounds good to you, you will not find better than Leprosy, no Cannibal Corpse-y copycat will come close.
It was produced at Morrisound Studios in Florida with help from Scott Burns (Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Deicide) and boasts a great guitar tone. It's held together by a few very distinct drum beats (the so-called 'Slayer beat' and healthy application of solid double bass). There's plenty of reverb and an attention to making sure the bass is audible. The songs are short and unchallenging, but each is a genre classic. Leprosy is typical of Death albums in that it shows a clear improvement in approach to songwriting and musical ability since the previous record (the last year's Scream Blood Gore). The late Chuck Shuldiner's evolving vocal style was at its rawest here, but to this day he remains somewhat unique in the field, a sort of hoarse rasp with clear enunciation favoured over the impenetrable bark of scenemates Glen Benton or Chris Barnes.
I'll leave this short by saying that Leprosy is no landmark, but it is a very satisfying and accessible death metal album, with no riffs wasted and none of the severe aggression or blasting that turn so many fans away from the genre. It's more like a thrash metal album in approach, with just enough of a heavy edge and lyrical approach to push it into that other genre. At 38 minutes and 8 tracks its an easy listen, and it's probably the best place to get into the band, after the awkward debut but before the overtly progressive (but honestly superior) later offerings, and it's a true classic metal album, played fast and simple.
WAS THE FINEST DEATH METAL RELEASE SO FAR.(DEATH PRETTY MUCH CREATED A SCENE (ALONG WITH PESTILENCE) THAT IS STILL BEING IMITATED TODAY EVERY TRACK ON THIS CD IS OUTSTANDING.(MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS OPEN CASKET)I HAVE NOT BEEN TO A FUNERAL SINCE WITHOUT THAT SONG FLOWING THROUGH MY HEAD.
SWORN TO THE BLACK
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