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 ….
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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:
BULLDOZER's lost 1984 demo. Awesome!
Movie of the moment:
«Another Woman». Recently revisited this somehow overlooked Woody Allen movie. Stunningly complex and well balanced between straight story telling and a very elaborate character study.
Book of the moment:
Jugendliteratur ist ja nun nicht mein bevorzugtes Genre, aber dieser Roman des kürzlich verstorbenen Wolfgang Herrndorf ist ein aussergewöhnlicher Roadtrip in einem geklauten Auto. Unangepasst, sensibel und eine richtige Energiepille vom feinsten!
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- CRUCIFIX- s/t 12″EP (Universal Records, USA, 1981) September 15, 2013
- Squirt, The: s/t Cassette Album (selfproduced, Switzerland, 1983) September 12, 2013
- CHEETAH CROME MOTHERFUCKERS- s/t 7″EP (Cessofonya Records, Italy, 1981) May 12, 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