Heavy music hub Loudwire has just shared a new version of an old DEATH favorite – ‘Baptized In Blood,’ taken from the forthcoming reissue of “Scream Bloody Gore” (out May 20th via Relapse). Loudwire commented on the newly revamped song,
“From the first note, the remastered presence is immediately felt with a more lumbering bass tone brought up in the mix. Warmer guitar tones come into play as well, still emanating the same eerie effects that were first heard nearly three decades ago. Chuck Schuldiner positively shreds his throat with a spirit-crushing, piercing shriek over the plodding cords and with reckless abandon, Chris Reifert (Autopsy) man-handles the song with manic tempo swings.”
Stream “Baptized In Blood” now at this location.
The remastered version of “Zombie Ritual” can also be streamed here:
As the final chapter in Relapse’s comprehensive DEATH reissue series, the band’s legendary 1987 debut “Scream Bloody Gore” is receiving the deluxe reissue treatment on a wide variety of formats including 2CD, Limited Edition 3CD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP Boxset, and cassette versions. Like the preceding DEATH reissues, the deluxe reissue of “Scream Bloody Gore” has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Nile) and includes a plethora of bonus content, including previously unreleased recordings and rehearsal demos, super-expanded packaging, and brand-new extensive liner notes from former DEATH drummer / Autopsy founder Chris Reifert, Sepultura’s Max Cavalera, and original “Scream Bloody Gore” producer Randy Burns.
Along with the deluxe reissue of “Scream Bloody Gore”, Relapse has also announced the very first official DEATH bobblehead, a stunning recreation of Ed Repka’s iconic “Scream Bloody Gore” album art! Made exclusively for Relapse Records by AGGRONAUTIX, a company creating limited-edition metal, punk, and cult figures, these collectible, high-quality resin figurines stand 7″ tall, are hand numbered 1 to 1,000, and come packaged in a custom windowed box. Visit here for photos and more details.
Over the course of more than a decade and seven increasingly accomplished albums, Chuck Schuldiner, the architect behind the ubiquitous DEATH, became a bona fide heavy metal icon. Now widely recognized as the father of death metal (if a single candidate must be chosen, his résumé is about as good as it gets), Schuldiner‘s singular drive and ruthless creative vision guaranteed that DEATH would ever represent the cutting edge of the style’s development. Indeed, while the savagely raw aggression contained in DEATH‘s first three albums proved crucial to spearheading the first generation of death metal bands, the astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on their later-day efforts surely influenced even more groups to explore the limits of extreme metal’s most progressive outposts. By all accounts a force to be reckoned with on-stage, DEATH also logged more frequent flier miles than perhaps any other band of their ilk, undertaking numerous far-reaching tours despite suffering from continuous and often acrimonious musician turnover within their ranks. Throughout this long journey and drastic evolutionary curve, Schuldiner was to be the only constant, the effective mastermind behind DEATH‘s continually groundbreaking career, and, as proven by his near-canonization at the time of his untimely passing, arguably unequalled in stature within one of rock’s most uncompromising style.
View the full bio at DEATH‘s artist page at this location.