30 Years Ago: @deathofficial Start a Revolution With ‘Scream Bloody Gore’
Whether Death’s debut album Scream Bloody Gore, which came out on May 25, 1987, was the first ever death metal album is open to debate. Some say Possessed’s fierce, frantic, Seven Churches, which came out in 1985, takes the crown. Others point to Hellhammer’s 1984 EP Apocalyptic Raids. But one thing’s for sure — from the point the band Mantas changed their name to Death and released their 1984 demo Death By Metal they became the reigning champions of death metal.
Fronted by the late Chuck Schuldiner, who sang and played all the bass and guitar at the time, ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ surfaced when Death were in a state of transition. Chris Reifert – in his only album appearance with the band – played drums. Despite the internal instability, Schuldiner made sure that Death would be around for a while thanks to ‘Scream Bloody Gore.’ The album, which featured classic cover art by Ed Repka, was full of blast beats, relatively simple, repetitive riffs, incisive hooks, fiery leads and roaring vocals, all of which became early trademarks of the genre. Many of the songs opened with a deceptively mid-paced melodic intro before bursting into overdrive.