Rating:
8.0
Death - Leprosy
1988


Disc I
01. Leprosy
02. Born Dead
03. Forgotten Past
04. Left To Die
05. Pull The Plug
06. Open Casket
07. Primitive Ways
08. Choke On It

Disc II [Remastered version] [2014 reissue bonus]
01. Open Casket [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
02. Choke On It [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
03. Left To Die [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
04. Left To Die (Take 2) [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
05. Left To Die [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
06. Open Casket [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
07. Pull The Plug [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
08. Choke On It [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
09. Born Dead [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
10. Forgotten Past [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]

Disc III [Remastered version] [Deluxe version 2014 reissue bonus]
01. Leprosy [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
02. Open Casket [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
03. Zombie Ritual [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
04. Pull The Plug [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
05. Left To Die [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
06. Mutilation [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
07. Forgotten Past [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
08. Born Dead [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
09. Denial Of Life [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
10. Primitive Ways [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
11. Infernal Death [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
12. Leprosy [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
13. Pull The Plug [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
14. Forgotten Past [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
15. Primitive Ways [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]


There continues the saga of Death. The deadly topic of the lyrics is still there, but the main and most important ingredient of death metal is gone - the vocals. Chuck Schuldiner, being a true thrash vocalist, doesn't betray his nature and after torturing his throat on "Scream Bloody Gore", he sounds still very brutal, but not so convincing. From modern point of view, this wouldn't be an impressive performance, although brutality in the face of Cannibal Corpse still exists. For its time this would be one of the rawest vocal performances. However, the album is fast, technical and the vocals are not quite death, so I label it thrash.

Not that good a thrash album, but worth hearing. It is a bit too monotonous and wouldn't manage to nail the modern death listener.

We still have the aggressive drumming, the bass beating in our ears and the superb, precise and genial solos, but the guys can't quite get the momentum and tend to linger helplessly in good, but not titanic guitar motives.

Still, this is one of the heaviest thrash metal albums for its time and becomes a milestone for every band, not sure what to play - thrash or death metal.

This one, without being a bad album, could though easily go as being Death's second weakest album, in light of all of the follow-up albums. It makes it a good item to have in your collection, however.


Band profile: Death
Album: Leprosy


 


written by Yanko | 15.09.2003


Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Staff review by
Herzebeth

Rating:
9.7
One of the most influential bands in Death Metal released this Masterpiece called simply "Leprosy", an intense and raw album wrapped in brutal powerful riffs, insane (with a little Thrash style) drums, good bass-lines, awesome cover, and the most powerful vocal style in music.

The album opener "Leprosy" starts with a great progression of riffs and drum beats, then a chilling scream settles the atmosphere for the song, a brutal intelligent song with incredible fast and complex fillings (those in the minute 1:50 are the best ones), crazy ascending solo's clean bass-lines, catchy drum beats, etc…The tempo goes from slow to catchy then to Brutal and so on, this is one of the all time favorites for all the Death Metal fans all over the world.

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Warman - 13.06.2007 at 19:34  
Maybe he hasn't 100 % Death Metal growls... but I still consider the album to be Death Metal, no doubt.
rageing atheist - 30.07.2007 at 04:40  
I can't quite agree with the reviewer as the fact that the vocals of a given band may differ from the common norm of a genre they're usually seen as a part of doesn't automatically exclude the band from the genre, and for me the guitar technique on Leprosy is much closer to death than thrash, and also given that Leprosy is often seen as one of the defining records of Death Metal I would call it Death Metal, but as defining music genres is a very subjective matter as different genres represent different things for different people, and also as back when Leprosy was released Death Metal (or the music I choose to label as Death Metal) was much closer to thrash than it is now (and musically speaking Death was much less "thrashy" than some bands commonly seen as Death Metal, like Obituary) I can see Yanko's point . Anyway I thought that I'd also mention that in my opinion Leprosy would be be even more impressive today as it has something that most modern DM bands I've heard seem to lack, and that's feeling, genuine passion, which seems to be missing in the works of popular (and somewhat boring) modern day DM bands.
CrimsonSoaked - 06.08.2007 at 21:57  
Well the lyrics aren't the same "body part death" as in Scream Bloody Gore but still Leprosy is death metal album, no doubt, and when it comes to death metal Il'd say , one of the most atmospheric of those too
Stalker - 18.10.2007 at 22:20  
Death didnt play thrash metal, and Leprosy isnt thrash either, definitely.

Concerning the album, nothing impressive, yet very listenable, and although I like more their latter albums, I consider it better than Spiritual Healing.... For some reason Ive never got into that album...
trapedINaCORNER - 13.01.2008 at 14:44  
Don't listen at Yanko this is the point. Unable to ctiticize death Metal. this is a very good album, very brutal with great riffs full of sadness.
Sunioj - 13.01.2008 at 14:53  
Written by Stalker on 18.10.2007 at 22:20

Death didnt play thrash metal, and Leprosy isnt thrash either, definitely.

Concerning the album, nothing impressive, yet very listenable, and although I like more their latter albums, I consider it better than Spiritual Healing.... For some reason Ive never got into that album...


To be fair, alot of the bands that came out around this period of time were influenced by thrash even in their music you can hear some of that too. But I know what you mean though, I just wouldn't say this album is 100% Death Metal.
Stalker - 13.01.2008 at 14:58  
Written by Sunioj on 13.01.2008 at 14:53

Written by Stalker on 18.10.2007 at 22:20

Death didnt play thrash metal, and Leprosy isnt thrash either, definitely.

Concerning the album, nothing impressive, yet very listenable, and although I like more their latter albums, I consider it better than Spiritual Healing.... For some reason Ive never got into that album...


To be fair, alot of the bands that came out around this period of time were influenced by thrash even in their music you can hear some of that too. But I know what you mean though, I just wouldn't say this album is 100% Death Metal.

Yeah man, I know but this Yanko dude who wrote all those Death reviews constantly claims Death is thrash metal, and if Death was death metal, then its certainly on first 2 albums, you dig what i say...
Sunioj - 13.01.2008 at 15:04  
Yeah dude, I agree.
Paradox0 - 19.09.2008 at 01:37  
Honestly, this album gets kind of boring and repetitive after awhile. Its great energetic powerful stuff, but it's just not enough variety for my taste. Something about the vocals I didn't like neither (yes I know he's a legend), which is kind of weird since "extreme" vocal styles don't really faze me, but chucks did? There are at least some redeeming qualities though. 7/10

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