Monday, November 9, 2009

Death - Leprosy

8/10

Leprosy doesn't really build a whole lot on the sound that Scream Bloody Gore pioneered, but it's not stale or anything. This was one of the very first albums produced by Scott Burns, who would become a legendary producer in the death metal genre, and he does a pretty good job; the drums are a bit overcompressed at times, but other than that, it's better sounding than Scream Bloody Gore. Then again, it's kind of hard to screw up a death metal album short of overproduction, which barely ever happens in the genre anyway.
I find it kind of hard to review death metal albums by bands which didn't change a whole lot; the first three Death albums sound pretty damn similar, so picking out the differences can be tough. I think that having Rick Rozz, an actual second guitarist in the band made the guitar interplay a bit more prominent, but the "toy monkey" style drum playing is still too prevalent. The songs also go on a bit longer here, but that didn't really affect my opinion of the album either way.

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