Death By Metal
Style: Almost death metal
Release date: 19 June, 2012
Playing time: 47:42

All things great have their humble beginnings. This is just another proof.

I might just as well be frank and tell you that this compilation of Mantas demo from the first half of the eighties sounds horrendous and no one, and I mean no one, could have guessed what greatness would lie ahead of the young Chuck Schuldiner and this band which would eventually become Death.

Chuck's voice is, how shall I put it in a respectful manner, not quite as mature as it later became. The Venom inspiration is obvious and I think it fair to say that there are only hints of things come. Evil Dead is one example, the solo piece of the 1984 rehearsal version of Legion of Doom another.

For me personally, it's striking how a few of these songs have the exact same feeling and sound as some of the stuff me and the boys did in my mate John's basement when we were 19. Really poor sound quality, Claus's simplistic drumming, John doing his best on the guitar, me bellowing and grunting with no vocal training whatsoever and trying to follow the guitar on the bass. Good times, good times.

This release is mostly for dedicated fans of Chuck and Death. It has little artistic value in this day and age, but the sentimental and collector value will be high to some of us. Much respect goes to Relapse for putting out this rare insight in the beginnings of what was to become one of the greatest metal bands of all time.

Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
01. Legion Of Doom
02. Evil Dead
03. Mantas
04. Death By Metal
05. Power Of Darkness

Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
06. Legion Of Doom
07. Power Of Darkness
08. Death By Metal
09. Evil Dead

Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal

10. Legion Of Doom
11. Mantas
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan
Label: Relapse Records
Distribution: Petting Zoo
Artwork rating: 20/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 27 July, 2012