Death
Scream Bloody Gore


5.0
classic

Review

by Ain Soph Aur CONTRIBUTOR (37 Reviews)
March 10th, 2017 | 58 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “That was a million years ago -- who cares?”

There was a sickness that flowed through every rotting tape deck of every young, gore-loving teen in the 80s. Death’s influence fast-spread through innumerable overdubbed cassettes of thrashing death metal demos. Deep under the blistering Florida weather, Evil Chuck wailed in beer-soaked resplendence. There’s an insatiable will within me to feel the power of extreme metal’s birth. I consume old b-horror films nightly in the sweaty Australian heat listening to the likes of Autopsy, Impetigo, Possessed and Death wanting to understand that fire, that burning and adrenaline-pumping fuel that flowed through the US and world-over, turning impressionable teens into harbingers of the most chaotic and putrid filth ever created.

After the dissolution of the Death’s original line-up, Chuck Schuldiner met with the only other mind on the planet that could bring his decaying vision to life: Chris Reifert. Looking at them now in photos, they were thin, pimple-faced bags of bones that had visions in their head of death, brutal riffs and the passion for horror and gore that created what is possibly the most essential death metal recording ever put to tape. Together, Schuldiner and Reifert brought Scream Bloody Gore to the world, the embodiment of pure, unrelenting death metal fury.

Hearing Reifert’s drumming on this release, it’s easy to see how it went on to define the groove that felt so prevalent and palpably sickening in Autopsy, and became a staple of grind like Impetigo, Carcass, Repulsion, Blood and Terrorizer (that is, of course, as well as the legendary Mick Harris of Napalm Death). It’s easy to dream of a world where Death followed down a gorier, faster path with their music, but Scream Bloody Gore was the closest we ever got, and its unshakable influence holds true to this day. Schuldiner’s penchant for technical soloing and dynamic riffs that flurried between lightning-fast fingering and deep, pummelling rhythmics were enough to turn your stomach in tandem with the vomitous bass tone that he sported on this record. Though this early on even, you could still hear that desire he felt for larger than life compositions, especially on closing title track where the songwriting shines as the blood-curdling screams of Chuck Schuldiner burnt their imprint in every listener’s mind to create one of the most defining moments in death metal history with its chorus.

Scream Bloody Gore does for me what only a handful of albums or musicians could do, it takes me back, gives me the ability to feel the essence of the place that it was birthed, fuelled and pumped out like a fever-dream that nauseates and creates that lust for death metal, that passion for illness and the affliction of true, rotting death. Underneath those hot Tampa streets, the catacombs filled with blood.



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Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2017


2884 Comments


DRINK FROM THE GOBLET, THE GOBLET OF GOOOOOOOooOoOooOooOOOoOOooooOoOOOoOOoORE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnvqJjUEkiw

evilford
March 10th 2017


40531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet

Hawks
March 10th 2017


50801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Snox that might be the best avatar I've ever seen. Sweet review too. m/

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2017


1765 Comments


Surprised this album is a 3.9 average, it's practically a masterpiece. Great review, you are on a roll dude

tempest--
March 10th 2017


20535 Comments


this might actually be the best album of all time

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2017


1765 Comments


it is definitely up there

KILL
March 10th 2017


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SACRIFICIAL

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2017


2045 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cunt

Spacesh1p
March 10th 2017


7018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah one of the best no doubt. Making me want to jam it now.

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Spacesh1p
March 10th 2017


7018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely Chuck's best vocals.

TVC15
March 10th 2017


8566 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Snox that might be the best avatar I've ever seen [2]



This one's tied with Leprosy for my favorite Death

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StrikeOfTheBeast
March 10th 2017


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Most brutal Death m/

Evokaphile
March 10th 2017


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Criminally underrated around here. Big ups m8

StrikeOfTheBeast
March 10th 2017


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Criminally underrated around here. Big ups m8"



Yeah that's a shame because the added thrashiness here makes it that much more brutal, and it's already such a well developed record for a debut.

Evokaphile
March 10th 2017


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed.

EvoHavok
March 10th 2017


7169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fun read. Still can't love this one as much as you guys, though.

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2017


55292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

album slays

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StrikeOfTheBeast
March 10th 2017


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@EvoHavok I actually bumped this from a 4 because it's better than Spiritual Healing alone which is a solid 4 to begin with and I've been binging on Death Metal lately.

jesterhead92
March 10th 2017


3421 Comments


Represent FL dm

SoccerRiot
March 10th 2017


2762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet album



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