Death
Leprosy


4.5
superb

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
September 28th, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death's second album will take control and bring you to your death, or at least, to the beginning of your better life.

THE STORY OF DEATH, EPISODE II/VII - LEPROSY:

Leprosy is actually the last Death album I got into. Not that it is not catchy, all Death albums are; the reason is, perhaps, the albums cover. Which is pretty wicked, but again, so are all Death artworks. After I first heard it, though, I couldn’t get enough of it. The album is great musically - but there is a lot more behind the picture of the outcast infected village in the arid desert under the bloody red skies. Indeed, Death's second album shows an evolution sound-wise, as the songs get far more progressive and technical. Leprosy is more than just the heavily Thrash-influenced Scream Bloody Gore; Leprosy is near-pure Death Metal.

The dark heavy riff at the start of the opening track is a great way to open the album. It blends perfectly into the slow riff, where Chuck shows his vocal ability. The track is over six minutes long - it's the longest track in Death first two albums. It contains a lot of tempo changes and breaks, basically much more progressive than any of the songs on Scream Bloody Gore, but it's still very catchy and the chorus will be sung in your head for days.
After the amazing title track, the album regresses to short 3 – 4 minute song lengths. Unlike the former, these shorter songs are accompanied by all kinds of progressive, technical notions. Born Dead is the shortest track off the record, and it still contains a unique structure. Every track here is, in fact, unique. That's one of the things that make Leprosy so enjoyable.
Skimming through the album, Pull The Plug must be the most memorable track. By many it is considered Death's best song. That’s a reasonable claim, I suppose, but in my opinion Death's best work is yet to come. It follows the verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus formula that was used in many Death songs. It starts with a dark, slow riff, transits into a Thrashy passage and breaks with the mosh pit chorus. Besides excelling musically, Pull The Plug has one of the best lyrics Chuck ever wrote. It deals with paralysis theme, just like the song One by Metallica, that came earlier the same year. The two tell the story of a paralyzed man who lies in a hospital bed, connected to machines that keep him alive. Even though that in Pull The Plug the spoken man can apparently still hear and feel, in both cases the cripple wants his family to let him die; to "pull the plug", but they keep him alive, not aware of his suffering. Chuck delivers his thoughts beautifully, as I will quote:

"Memories is all that's left behind
As I lay and wait to die
Little do they know
That I hear their choice of life"

Chuck and the band were in great shape in the start of their experimental journey in Technical Death Metal. Chuck didn’t improve much vocally, but the songwriting has definitely changed. Every band member is playing his part greatly, the solos, the riffs and the beats are all played very well. The lyrics have also improved since Scream Bloody Gore, and they are one of the major reasons why I like Leprosy slightly better than the former. The production has also improved, overall, but I'll be strict and point out that the drums are too high in the mix, and that makes the album less enjoyable. On some headphones, you would actually have a very hard time even in only trying to hear the guitar riffs.

Leprosy is considered the best of Death's first three albums. While I disagree, I can understand the reasons behind this statement. Leprosy is an amazing Progressive Technical piece. If you are a fan of Death and you don’t have it yet, go get it right away. It shows the beginning of the bands evolution; the band that will later become the most appreciated Death Metal band to date.

Recomended Tracks:
- Pull The Plug
- Leprosy
- Open Casket

Leprosy was released in November 16, 1988. The record label is Combat Records and it is 37:04 minutes long.

Personnel:

Chuck Schuldiner – Guitar, Bass (uncredited), Vocals
Rick Rozz – Guitar
Terry Butler – Bass (did not play on the album, but was credited for it)
Bill Andrews – Drums

Production:
Recorded at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA
Produced by Dan Johnson
Engineered by Scott Burns
Mastered by Michael Fuller at Fullersound, Miami, Florida, USA
Edward Repka – Artwork
Eric Greif – Management
Frank White – Photography
David Bett – Art Direction

R.I.P CHUCK



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


18869 Comments


WHY

DON'T

YOU

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CaptainDooRight
September 28th 2012


30251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

puuuuuulllll thhhhhhhheeeeeeee plllllllluuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggg


sweet review bro, pos'd

CaptainDooRight
September 28th 2012


30251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dam sonic snaked me

evilford
September 28th 2012


22933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL THE PLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG

ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have done some experimental editing with this, turns out to be alright I see.

This discog is getting quite hard actually, I am running out of recs pretty fast.
EDIT: Holy shit where did these seven comments came from?

FadeToBlack
September 28th 2012


11034 Comments


people come to pay respect

CaptainDooRight
September 28th 2012


30251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

faith



linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very detailed review, and I particularly liked how you explained the themes of 'Pull the Plug', which itself is a fantastic song. I like 'Leprosy' a lot, if only for the excellent title track.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good review, pos'd.

although I think this album cover is cooler than spiritual healing.

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ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea I thought the same Atari, but Spiritual Healing came on my iPod shuffle and amazed me so I had to listen to the album.

Thanks everyone, and you Linguist the title track is so good m/

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool idea about the episode 2 of 7 thing.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Chuck's natural evolution. Extremely influential.
Auto-pos.

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BlackLlama
September 28th 2012


1706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck the haters, album art Rules hard.

ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It rules but not as much as Death's last 4.

FadeToBlack
September 28th 2012


11034 Comments


i dunno, i'm starting to prefer this and scream bloody gore after years of only listening to the last 4 albums regularly.

ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I remember liking the later artworks much more because they were different. Might grow off me over the years but for now it still looks good.

FadeToBlack
September 28th 2012


11034 Comments


wait i thought we were talking about the music not the artwork, my bad

ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol I actually thought you were talking about the music , but then I remembered we were talking about the covers in the first page.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


21646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

music wise this is almost on par with their later stuff. this and scream are high 4s

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BlackLlama
September 28th 2012


1706 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm firmly in the Human camp. I love all of their releases but it's my 5 star super sexy love child. Symbolic, SOP and ITP are all up there, but if I really want to shred Human comes on.

Love the reviews, hope you make it through all of them.



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