Not too long ago, I played this demo to a few youngsters who were “into Death Metal”. They thought this was a very aggressive Hardcoreâ€“Punk band and didn’t like the three songs at all. Well, to me this defines the first wave of Death Metal like few other recordings and yes, it is indeed close to Hardcore in terms of relentless urgency. All three songs rip with ultimate ferocity and the sound is so fucking great that it’s safe to say, DEATH never ever came close to this power again. Although I liked Kam Lee’s vocals much better (my favourite Death Metal singer ever!), his sloppy drumming and the overall sloppyness of this demo just are perfect. You cannot produce more power with three songs. Impossible. Never. Forget it. If you have a band and strive for raw power in sound, give it up and do something else with your life.
I was penpal with all of DEATH’s original members and a couple of friends of the band since 1984 on. This resulted in me receiving numerous tapes and memorabilia of all sorts (including candy Chuck had stolen to send me and such). Good thing for you: My rip is coming from a genuine first generation source, making it sound a lot better in sound than on the recently released controversial doubly-CD anthology (“Chuck Schuldiner: Zero Tolerance”). I never did receive a cover though. I’ve seen one on the internet but I’m not so sure it actually came with the tape in the first place. Anybody has more information? I did scan the piece of paper tracklist I got with the tape, written by Chuck appearantly. I didn’t edit the tape, leaving it as it was, dubbed from the master tape directly.
However â€“ make sure you got some beer at hand, your heads sorted out and then turn up loud ….
Quote of the moment:«What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?» (Michel Foucault)
On heavy rotation:
Complex, complicated - and definitely (thank Satan!) not a Metal album.
Roaming and exploring, raping and violating the empty spaces between genres such as Hardrock, Metal, Indierock and Pop like hardly anybody else before. Quite impressive, but definitely not easy going. Metal blockheads will hate this - which is exactly what I was hoping for. GHOST definitely succeed in implementing the postmodern (but thankfully not ironic) satanic image. Songs like "Monstrance Clock" or "Secular Haze" have a presence like hardly anything I can think of, breaking and re-establishing an entire lyrical topic with wit, intelligence and elegance. No ideology, no petty identity scheme comes from this - GHOST leave you in the cold with their concept. This is quite masterful and goes definitely a step further than what's been happening in this field in the past decades. All in all, this might be the beginning of something new in the longer run. I was hoping for such an album for a very long time now.
Movie of the moment:
«Liberal Arts». A highly enjoyable love / coming of age movie. Light as a love affair that went well.
Book of the moment:
Lanchester's «Capital» might be slightly over-ambitioned, but nevertheless is an enjoyable book about the current financial crisis, as set in a London town street, where the new collides with the old and many things - collapse.
- CHEETAH CROME MOTHERFUCKERS- s/t 7″EP (Cessofonya Records, Italy, 1981) May 12, 2013
- In memoriam Jeff Hanneman (1964-2013): SLAYER- Instrumental rehearsal session for “Hell awaits” (1985) May 3, 2013
- GHOST- Year Zero Video March 26, 2013
- OVERDRIVE- s/t 7″EP (Boring Grantham Records, UK, 1981) March 7, 2013
- ANTISECT: Out from the Void 7″ (Endangered Musik, UK, 1986) January 20, 2013
- SCREAMING SNEAKERS- Marching Orders 12″ EP (Screaming Sneakers Records, USA, 1982) January 6, 2013
- F- You are an E.P. 12″EP (Intendo Distorto Records, USA, 1984) December 28, 2012
- VENOM- Witching Hour Video Clip December 26, 2012
- GHOST- Secular Haze Live in Linköping, Sweden, December 2012 December 16, 2012
- KLEENEX- Hedi’s Head Video Clip December 14, 2012