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Album: Death by Metal *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Legion of Doom More Info...
2)    Evil Dead More Info...
3)    Mantas More Info...
4)    Death By Metal More Info...
5)    Power of Darkness More Info...
6)    Legion of Doom More Info...
7)    Power of Darkness More Info...
8)    Death By Metal More Info...
9)    Evil Dead More Info...
10)    Legion of Doom (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
11)    Mantas (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
12)    Death By Metal (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
13)    Evil Dead (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
14)    Rise of Satan (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
 

Album: Death by Metal *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Legion of Doom More Info...
2)    Evil Dead More Info...
3)    Mantas More Info...
4)    Death By Metal More Info...
5)    Power of Darkness More Info...
6)    Legion of Doom More Info...
7)    Power of Darkness More Info...
8)    Death By Metal More Info...
9)    Evil Dead More Info...
10)    Legion of Doom (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
11)    Mantas (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
12)    Death By Metal (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
13)    Evil Dead (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
14)    Rise of Satan (Rehearsal Early 1984) More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Chuck Schuldiner (vocals, guitar); Barney "Kam" Lee (vocals, drums); Frederick "Rick Rozz" Delillo (guitar); Jane Schuldiner.
  • Liner Note Authors: Ian Christe; Rick Rozz.
  • Recording information: Florida.
  • Photographer: Bethann Schuldiner.
  • Before there was Death, there was Mantas: Chuck Schuldiner's fledgling high school band whose improbably prolific and well-documented demo recordings oftentimes trump -- in terms of influence if not sales, obviously -- entire official discographies by lesser heavy metal geniuses. Hence the release of Death by Metal, a 14-track collection of demo tapes and rehearsals captured by Schuldiner, fellow guitarist Rick Rozz, and drummer Kam Lee in 1984 (several more demos and dozens of songs would follow), some three years before Death's proper first album, Scream Bloody Gore. Speaking of.but one of the songs contained here -- the blazingly thrashy zombie tale "Evil Dead" -- survived long enough to appear in said debut, making this collection a minor treasure trove of embryonic death metal for die-hard fans and extreme metal historians alike -- so long as they're not put off by its muffled recording and the fact that only five truly "lost" tracks are featured, cast in duplicate or even triplicate versions. Frankly, evolutionary variations between these versions are nominal, at best, and the marginally improved sound quality of the live rehearsal session contained here barely a selling point, so the appeal to serious metal anthropologists will lie in recognizing the different thrash and speed metal influences pervading fairly distinctive onslaughts like "Legion of Doom," "Death by Metal" and "Power of Darkness" -- all of them testaments to Schuldiner's precocious vision. And, rather fittingly, the especially blistering "Mantas" is a bona fide Venom-styled scorcher and a deserved tribute to the Newcastle band's guitarist, whose stage name was appropriated by the band. Now, whether Death by Metal will find enough paying customers to justify further reissues of Death's ample demo-graphy remains to be seen, but in light of Schuldiner's premature demise from cancer in 2001, chances are his estate overseers won't resist sharing at least a little more of his early body of work with the world. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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