Death
Leprosy


4.5
superb

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2009 | 788 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Death are a death metal band from Florida. The bands lead vocalist, song writer and guitarist Chuck Schuldiner has been named the "Father of Death Metal" in the past and he truly deserves it. Death started off their career with the highly influential album Scream Bloody Gore which is far more straight forward than recent releases. Deaths 2nd album Leprosy is often forgotten among casual fans of the band, Its more technical and keeps to a slower pace than its predecessor while still keeping the signature Death sound.

I first heard Death about 4 years ago, while I was fond of the sheer technicality and speed I didn't like the vocals at all, they seemed too high and actually they made me cringe at first. In the end I decided to go ahead and purchase this album as I was feeling like a change. At first I was disappointed. The production was very poor compared to the bands I was listening to at the time and while very technical which I love..It didn't hold my attention. A few years past and I decided to give it another go, and boy did I make the right decision.

As a guitarist I am inclined to focus on listening to the guitars, no not really but I tend to notice them the most, if a nice riff is played it will catch my attention and that happened a lot with this album. Chuck is a fantastic guitarist with a lightning fast right hand, a good example of this is the main riff to Primitive Ways. Chucks solos are what sets him apart from other guitarists I listen to, he uses the harmonic minor and melodic minor scales but makes them his own with lightning fast playing and drawn out bends. The 2nd guitars Rick Rozz is overshadowed by Chuck but Rick does have some good solos, a good example of this is at 2:33 in the song Pull The Plug.

Vocally Chuck is unique, he has a high yet still harsh voice. As I mentioned before I wasn't keen on it at first but it soon grew on me thanks to hard listening and multiple slaps in the face. At 0.35 of the title track Chuck does an epic scream which always puts a smile on my face.

The bass guitar, while audible is usually following the guitar and never really shines. At 1:11 of the song Born Dead the guitars go into a tapping harmonization leaving the bass to deal with the rhythm which sounds excellent.

Bill Andrews while out shun by other drummers in Death puts up a great performance on the drums, ranging from normal 4/4 beats to extreme tempo mayhem its a great listen throughout. There is some good double bass work but he doesn't seem to use it not nearly as much as other drummers of Death. On the production side of the things the drums sound great, the snare drum is a very loud at times which might put people off. The biggest stand out drum wise for me was at 1:17 of the song Pull The Plug with great use of the double bass pedal.

This is a fantastic death metal record from the founders themselves. If you are a fan of technical metal or just plain old death metal this is a great album to own, while keeping the signature sound of Death the album moves forward and to a higher level than Scream Bloody Gore. Also if you do check this out and like what you hear you should buy all of Deaths albums as they are all brilliant.

Recommended Tracks:
Leprosy
Pull The Plug
Born Dead
Left To Die



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ThusSpokeZarathustra
May 22nd 2009


293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

An old school dm classic for sure!

KILL
May 22nd 2009


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yea hail to the king!
[img]http://themusicsover.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/chuck.jpg[/img]

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jingledeath
May 22nd 2009


7104 Comments


Try not to use words like "I" and "you" in reviews, makes things look more professional. Otherwise solid review man, pos'd.

KILL
May 22nd 2009


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its the only way i can seem to write :/ but i'll try and cut it out for my next review thanks

Willie
Moderator
May 22nd 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not bad but there are some simple mistakes here and there, though.

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KILL
May 22nd 2009


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think i got the mistakes, thanks for noticing

Tyler
Emeritus
May 22nd 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

their best album

Lunarfall
May 22nd 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

absolutely not

Phantom
May 22nd 2009


8930 Comments


Not a bad review, but there are some grammar mistakes (apostrophes) and using then instead of than. Oh and outshone not out shun.




Willie
Moderator
May 22nd 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think i got the mistakes, thanks for noticing
ha ha, no problem but they're still there.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 22nd 2009


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

absolutely not

absolutely.

Anthracks
May 22nd 2009


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

absolutely

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myhigherpie
May 22nd 2009


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

human.

this is still good tho. imo, scream bloody gore is better.

KILL
May 22nd 2009


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Human is very close to being a 5 for me

illmitch
May 22nd 2009


5429 Comments


this album owns, nice review

Yazz_Flute
May 22nd 2009


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is probably my 4th favorite by Death, behind The Sound of Perseverance, Symbolic, and Human, but it's still fucking great. The title track and Open Casket are especially good.

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Chewie
May 22nd 2009


4533 Comments


I really need to hear something of these guys, where should I start?

Yazz_Flute
May 22nd 2009


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd go for Symbolic or Human.

devsol
May 23rd 2009


347 Comments


album ruleezzzz

Lunarfall
May 23rd 2009


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rasputin i didnt know you still post (troll) under that name



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