Released : March 9, 1985
Genre : Death metal
Label : Self Release / Independent
Death’s role as a pioneering metal band can’t be noted enough. Any early work by Death is no less holy to death metal than the Holy Grail is to the Church, and while death metal didn’t originate from Death’s “Infernal Death” demo (that honour belongs to Possessed and their early recordings, “Death Metal” and “Seven Churches”, which were heavily influenced by Hellhammer), it did inspire and spawn the creation of more death metal bands.
Epitomising adolescent horror, Death shocked with their inspired 1985 “Infernal Death” demo, a product of “Evil” Chuck Schuldiner’s B.C. Rich and Kam Lee’s outrageous for the time, screeching vocals.
Featuring sludgy riffs over thrashing drum beats, rolls and crashes, hatred filled satanic lyrics and screaming vocals that sounded like someone was being tortured, Death’s unique dark, moody and above all extremely heavy music worked wonders as they became legends of the underground tape trading scene.
1. Infernal Death
2. Baptized in Blood