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The album that spawned a million imitators
, 21 May 2002
By A Customer
This review is from: Leprosy (Audio CD)
With all the furore over Chuck Schuldiner's death I was eager to check out Death's back catalogue. It's now apparent that the accolades and tributes that poured in for Chuck were not just false and pretentious. In "Leprosy", released in September of 1988, Schuldiner made one of the most understated and influential metal records of all time. In an era of such stagnancy as much of the 80s metal scene was, Chuck breathed new life into the genre - his sense of dynamics and the need for originality clearly inspired many of our latter day heroes such as Cannibal Corpse, Opeth and At The Gates.
Production wise, the album is of a surprisingly good standard, but the drums which sound like the echo in a warehouse (but not as booming as the 80s drum sound was) do sometimes drown out the marvellous riffing. But after this initial gripe, the evil, murderous guitar sounds take shape. There are several classics on here, primarily the title track, Born Dead, Pull The Plug and Open Casket. The good thing about this album is that there are no fillers. This really is as good as everyone says it is, though the complex song structures and riffs take time to bury themselves in your memory. Excellent.
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