Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Death - Reign of Terror


The first demo recorded under the Death name is just as enlightening as Death by Metal, and a little easier to listen to, as well. It's still insanely rough (there's a consistent high-pitched whine that'll drive your dog nuts), but you can make out a lot more. Chuck is on vocals now, and he sounds like the 17-year-old he was at the time, and there are some incredibly cheesy echo effects on his voice, but the riffing and solos are pretty damn good for someone so young. None of these songs made it onto any actual albums (at least, in their original forms); the songwriting isn't as strong as what would come later, but it's not horrible or anything. This isn't just an important historical document, it's actually a pretty good release.

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