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Death
Scream Bloody Gore Sessions [No Label]
Aborted sessions for first album recorded in Florida, July, 1986

Just as Heavy Metal became accepted by the mainstream via Black Sabbath and Motorhead, already a counterstrike was happening with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal or NWOBHM. This set the scene for further action and reaction. As metal bands became more proficient in the ‘80s, they also became soulless. Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Def Leppard were pronounced caricatures of heavy metal - they had the look, the sound but not the singular rage that powered Black Sabbath with purpose. These metal bands were career metallers.

The reaction came from an unlikely place - the retirement state of sunny Florida. Here amid the wealth was an underclass of displaced youths. Alienated from mainstream metal, their sound was more destructive, mocking the hair bands with their extreme image and even heavier sound. Their trademark was double bass drums, propulsive guitaring and gutteral vocals. The music’s subject matter was often derived from zombie or cannibal horror b-flicks. One other crucial distinction from Heavy Metal was Death Metal’s obsession with Satan.

Incredibly, Death Metal was ignored by the innocuous sounding Parents’ Music Resource Centre [PMRC] which targeted mainstream Heavy Metal for its suggestive sexual and violent imagery and rebellious lifestyle. This gave the fledgling music time to grow. Without much resources, Death Metal spread through tape trading and a fanzine culture.

The band Death cut a trail out of Florida to influence many including Scandinavian bands. But by 2000, founder Chuck Schuldiner’s ill health led him away from Death. He formed Control Denied and offered one album Fragile Art Of Existence. In January 2000, Schuldiner, diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumor, underwent experimental brain surgery. The US$100,000 brain operation was paid for with earnings from his royalties. In fact, he signed away all his royalties from his Death albums to NYU Medical Center’s Tisch Hospital, to pay for his bills. He died of the brain disease on Dec 13, 2001. He was 34.

The following comments come from a fan, "Destructor", who shared his tapes via the internet.

DEATH - Scream Bloody Gore Sessions
"As you probably know, Death signed with Combat Records in the spring of 1986 after their Mutilation demo. In July of that year, Chuck Shuldiner and Chris Reifert entered a Florida recording studio to start work on what would become the classic Scream Bloody Gore album. However, the duo got into various technical problems and the sessions didn't go past the initial basic tracks and the whole project was moved over to Hollywood's Music Grinder studios. The result of those sessions with Randy Burns we all know, but what about these aborted first sessions in Florida? If you haven't heard these sessions before you sure are in for a treat! Keep in mind that these are all basic (rhythm) tracks - there are no vocals or overdubs such as guitar solos etc. Surprisingly the Mantas/Death demo classic Legion Of Doom was recorded during these sessions - this particular song never made it to Hollywood. Also, Sacrificial Cunt was later shortened to just Sacrificial. This recording has the same raw and primitve feel as the earlier Death demos. As far as I know this recording has never been bootlegged which is very surprising to say the least considering all the Death bootlegs that exist!"

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Tracklist for Death’s Scream Bloody Gore studio sessions

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Track 01 Torn To Pieces (4.9MB)
Track 02 Legion Of Doom (4.6MB)
Track 03 Scream Bloody Gore (6.4MB)
Track 04
Sacrificial Cunt (5.3MB)
Track 05 Mutilation (4.9MB)
Track 06 Land Of No Return (4.3MB)
Track 07
Baptized In Blood (6.5MB)




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Voor
Evil Metal Demos #2 [No Label]
Studio sessions recorded September 1985

Voor hail from Jonquiere, Quebec. They are a four-piece consisting of Martin (vocals), Sylvain (guitar), Steve (bass) and Erold (drums). According to a 1986 report in Metal Forces, the band play blatant thrash inspired by the likes of Slayer, Destruction and Voi Vod. Voor were an indie band who used the tape trading network to build up a sizable cult following in the metal underground.

What remains of these early purveyor of Death Metal are the four-track demo Evil Metal and Like A Snake. Not much is known of this band after the release of their demos.

It's interesting to see that the Canadian Voor have a reputation, at least on the internet, built around their two demo releases, one of which is Evil Metal Demos #2. Listening to these four tracks, it is not difficult to see why. There is something rather majestic in the way their music comes across. And what a magnificent racket they make - buzzing guitars that fly all over and a grand work-out on the drums that just leave you hungering for more. With a performance that is tight as hell, what more do you want?

The following comments come from a fan, "Destructor", who shared his tapes via the internet.

VOOR - Evil Metal Demos #2
"I decided to add an old demo fave of mine as bonus - the Evil Metal tape with Canadians Voor! If you're into primitive ‘80s speed, thrash, death and black metal you can't fail with these guys! Voor did another demo the same year with some of the same songs. I believe there are some confusion about this as I've seen this demo with other songs listed on certain websites. My copy is a first generation one."

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These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at mybigo@bigozine.com if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Track 01 Evil Metal (4.6MB)
Track 02 Untitled (2.7MB)
Track 03 In The Hell (2.5MB)
Track 04
Like A Snake (3.9MB)

With a great bloody thanks to "Destructor" who offered these tapes from his collection. As far as we know, none of these tracks were officially released.



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