Death
Scream Bloody Gore


3.5
great

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
March 8th, 2013 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Massively overshadowed by the albums that would follow it, this is a solid dose of death metal with a heavy thrash influence, but nothing more.

Death's Scream Bloody Gore stands out as one of the most important releases in the metal world of the 1980's, widely being hailed as the true birth of death metal, strongly building upon the foundations laid down by Possessed, Kreator and Dark Angel. The raw, brash sounds of this album perfectly echo the torture of the victims of the slasher flicks the lyrics are hugely inspired by, creating a solid wall of heavy, fast paced music that serves as the debut for one of the finest extreme metal bands ever to have existed. Everything about this album pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable in society during its day, but is not one that has aged all too well, and appears to be an album that one would have had to being alive around its release to really get a measure of the significance of the album.

What Was Good About Scream Bloody Gore

The guitar work for starters is really well done. Whilst not being as accomplished as the perfection found on The Sound Of Perseverance or Symbolic, the riffs here are still of an extremely high caliber, with Chuck showcasing his rawest and most purely speed-based collection that he ever wrote here. The riffs to Zombie Ritual and Torn To Pieces are some of the better ones on here, with Zombie Ritual also standing out as the best song here and rightly considered one of their best releases. The lyrics, whilst not being as good nor as insightful as Chuck would go on to write are of a high standard, being very gore horror movie inspired and are sickening enough, although not going to the extremities that bands such as Cannibal Corpse would later go to. Chuck's vocals are powerful enough, being the first real death growl that the music industry had ever heard, pushing the boundaries of extreme thrash even further and sounding extremely well done.

What Wasn't So Good About Scream Bloody Gore

Whilst nothing about this album is terrible per se there is a lot that is not quite as good as the album's legacy would indicate. For starters the drumming is an issue that really needed addressing, and something that would not really be improved upon until Spiritual Healing. On here it is primarily the standard thrash beat, showing off the band's that influenced this album very heavily. Also, some songs are not quite as good as others with some of the riffs to Baptized In Blood clearly showing that the band was not quite as accomplished as they would later be. The album overall feels a lot more primitive and half-formed than their other releases, and Leprosy shows this up in every single area, with this album just being too clearly speed oriented for the genius song writing of later releases to seep through.


This album, overall, is a great release that is too significant to just ignore. However, for those going into this expecting an album to the same degree of brilliance as Human, Symbolic or the other two of their final four releases, expect to be disappointed. The band still had a few creases that needed ironing out, and Leprosy would show how much improvement could be made over such a short space of time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Vakarian12
March 8th 2013


4025 Comments


nice review skele, now that youtube has started playing audio again I'll check this out.

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches

Necrotica
March 8th 2013


10584 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, I agree with most of it as well

thumbcrusher
March 8th 2013


3671 Comments


decent review, i like the conciseness

ViperAces
March 8th 2013


12524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Massively overshadowed by the albums that would follow it"

no it isnt

ViperAces
March 8th 2013


12524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"vastly" no, they are just considered better, which is true, and this still gets tons of attention

VheissuCrisis
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2013


1227 Comments


Couple of awkward words but there's also some great sentences and it's a good read. Well deserved pos.

tempest--
March 8th 2013


16231 Comments


appears to be an album that one would have had to being alive around its release to really get a measure of the significance of the album.

Should be "appears to be an album that one would have had to have been around during its release to really get a measure of its significance."
But even that still feels a bit awkward. Also, the whole sentence is really long and runs on massively.

Needs some grammatical work, but otherwise an alright review.

Azn.
March 8th 2013


5618 Comments


whoa skele
I hate you and I think you're totally stupid and all that

but this was actually a good review, and the organization actually works here

have a pos although you're still a fool

Calc
March 8th 2013


12887 Comments


my first skele review I've ever read fully!!

will not be doing that again.

Digging: Poloniumcubes - Three

Azn.
March 8th 2013


5618 Comments


wasn't atrociously written for once though

NeroCorleone80
March 8th 2013


32176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Def their weakest album

Hawks
March 8th 2013


38041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck you guys this albums brings the trvth.

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches

NeroCorleone80
March 8th 2013


32176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Needs moar prog

Hawks
March 8th 2013


38041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2013


19684 Comments


time to 5 whole discog?

Digging: Tangerine Dream - Rubycon

Calc
March 8th 2013


12887 Comments


"wasn't atrociously written for once though"

no, but it's has the formula of "this sounds like that which is the most something something ever/so far/of the genre etc.

Mike08
March 8th 2013


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

decent review, i like the conciseness (2)

ILJ
March 8th 2013


6851 Comments


lol calc

ILJ
March 8th 2013


6851 Comments


"Also, some songs are not quite as good as others"

I'm pretty sure almost every album written is like this.

ILJ
March 8th 2013


6851 Comments


This ain't a bad review, but I feel you spend far too much time here comparing it their subsequent releases. I get that their other albums are probably a lot better (I've only really listened to The Sound of Perseverance) but this was their debut, and it's kind of unfair to compare this so heavily to later releases. You can't really expect a group to just start churning out innovative classics right out the gate.

Still though, not a bad review. I think my other gripe is that you too often review albums that already have many reviews.



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