Death: Scream Bloody Gore [1987]

Released May 25, 1987
Genre Death metal
Length 41:59
Label Combat Records
Producer Randy Burns, Chuck Schuldiner

Scream Bloody Gore is the debut album by American band Death, released in 1987 and considered “the first true death metal record”.[1] Chuck Schuldiner plays bass, wrote all the songs on the album and provides vocals in addition to guitar for the album. John Hand is noted on the cover as playing rhythm guitar, though this was incorrect and Hand was only in the band for a short period and was not on the recording.[2] This is also the only Death album to feature drummer Chris Reifert, who had joined for the Mutilation demo.

Scream Bloody Gore was actually recorded twice, with the second, Los Angeles-based session being released as the album by label Combat Records (later Relativity). It was first recorded in Florida, although only the rhythm guitar and drum tracks were recorded. The track-listing consisted of Torn to Pieces, Legion of Doom, Scream Bloody Gore, Sacrificial Cunt (later shortened to Sacrificial because the label asked the band to do so, possibly because “they didn’t want to get P.M.R.C. on their case”[4]), Mutilation, Land of No Return, and Baptized in Blood. The label were unsatisfied after hearing the initial mix, so Schuldiner and Reifert re-recorded the album in California with Randy Burns as producer. Once returning to Florida, the first session was released as a promotional tape, and was eventually bootlegged. Legion of Doom was a longtime staple of Death’s rehearsals and live shows, and was indeed the first song written, reaching back to when they were known as Mantas.

Despite the many songs written during Death’s demo days, only half of them were re-recorded for the album, the rest being new compositions. Infernal Death and Baptized in Blood originally appeared on the Infernal Death demo. Zombie Ritual, Mutilation and Land of No Return originally appeared on the Mutilation demo, and Evil Dead and Beyond the Unholy Grave were originally on Death By Metal. Beyond the Unholy Grave and Land of No Return were also cut from the album, though were included on the re-release, with the live audio tracks taken from the Ultimate Revenge II video.

Certain songs on the album were inspired by horror movies. For example, Regurgitated Guts was inspired by the film City of the Living Dead a.k.a. The Gates of Hell, Beyond the Unholy Grave was influenced by the movie The Beyond, and Zombie Ritual was inspired by Zombie, all of which were films directed by Italian director Lucio Fulci.

Scream Bloody Gore is perhaps the first death metal prototype, and “clearly defined [death metal’s] true essence for the first time”,[8] “which would qualify [it] as the first true death metal album”, declared music biographer Joel McIver,[9] who also noted that “Scream Bloody Gore was a turning-point in extreme metal”.[10] Writer Ian Christe stated in Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal that “Scream Bloody Gore emulated hardcore punk. It also evoked the dark moods of horror sound tracks from the drive-in zombie and cannibal horror films of George Romero”.[11] Metal Forces described the album as “death metal at its utmost extreme, brutal, raw and offensive – the kind that separates the true death metallers from countless trend-following wimps”.

Track listing

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.

No. Title Length
1. “Infernal Death”   2:54
2. “Zombie Ritual”   4:35
3. “Denial of Life”   3:37
4. “Sacrificial”   3:43
5. “Mutilation”   3:30
6. “Regurgitated Guts”   3:47
7. “Baptized in Blood”   4:31
8. “Torn to Pieces”   3:38
9. “Evil Dead”   3:01
10. “Scream Bloody Gore”   4:35
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. “Beyond the Unholy Grave”   3:08
12. “Land of No Return”   3:00
1999 remastered version
No. Title Length
13. “Open Casket” (Live) 4:50
14. “Choke on It” (Live) 5:56
2008 remastered digipack version
No. Title Length
13. “Denial of Life” (Live) 3:47

Lyrics

1. Infernal Death

Piling the bodies
Burn them in the night
Skin grows black and withered
Decayed smell will rise

Existence fading
Into ashes
Burn those bodies
To Infernal death

Human coals are burning
Repulsive yet so true
Open graves are scattered
When the work is through

Existence fading
Into ashes
Burn those bodies
To Infernal death

2. Zombie Ritual

Revengeful corpse out to kill
Smell the stench, your guts will spill
Vomit for a mind, maggots for a cock
With his axe the corpse will chop

Stare into his eyes
Now in his spell
Kiss the rotting flesh
Now you’re in hell

Drink from the goblet, the goblet of gore
Taste the zombie’s drug, now you want more
Drifting from the living, joining with the dead
Zombie dwelling maggots, now infest your head

Zombie ritual
Zombie ritual

Ceremony now complete
Chosen one is now deceased
Fucking, raping zombie whores
Killing, feasting no remorse

Stare into his eyes
Now in his spell
Kiss the rotting flesh
Now you’re in hell

Drink from the goblet, the goblet of gore
Taste the zombie’s drug, now you want more
Drifting from the living, joining with the dead
Zombie dwelling maggots, now infest your head

Zombie ritual
Zombie ritual

Zombie ritual
Zombie ritual

3. Denial Of Life

In your dreams
The pain is so real
Before the dead
You’ll have to kneel
Hear your future screams
See your epitaph
As you scream
The dead they laugh

Pain, growing stronger
Life, exists no longer
Welcome, to a world of pain
Death and despair

Denial of life (Vile denial)
Denial of life
Denial of life

Created by your mind
To overtake your life
Sacrificial suicide
End it with a knife
Much too late
To change your mind
A bloody corpse
Is left behind

Pain, growing stronger
Life, exists no longer
Welcome, to a world of pain
Death and despair

Denial of life (Vile denial)
Denial of life
Denial of life

4. Sacrificial

With chainsaw in hand
Your death I demand
Slicing through your fat
My awaited gore attack

Manipulating lies
Is your way of life
Riding on cheap glory
Your life is getting gory

Watch you bleed to death
Gasping for last breath
Choking on your blood
I shit onto your guts

Sacrificial cunt
I despise
Sacrificial cunt
No more lies

Slabs of fat
Lay on the ground
Ram an axe
Into your mound

Time to pay the gruesome price
A stupid cunt we sacrifice

Watch you bleed to death
Gasping for last breath
Choking on your blood
I shit onto your guts

Sacrificial cunt
I despise
Sacrificial cunt
No more lies

Sacrificial cunt
I despise
Sacrificial cunt
No more lies

5. Mutilation

Massacred, hacked to death, my revenge
Slicing deep, into your flesh, the pain intense
Dreams of hate, misery, fill my mind
Puke in your face in disgust, it’s time to die

You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain

Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation

Staring your severed head in the face
I celebrate a faggot’s death, human disgrace
Hanging your mangled corpse for display
My revenge was fulfilled upon this day

You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain

Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation

You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain
You must die in pain

Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation
Mutilation

6. Regurgitated Guts

Suicidal preacher hangs himself
Unfaithful servant goes straight to hell
When he returns, your life will end
Down from the skies maggots descend
Least expecting his horrible face
Your decayed guts you soon will taste
Unholy feeling grows deep inside
Choking on your guts you open wide

Regurgutated guts
Satisfy his needs
Regurgutated guts
Now you’re gonna bleed

Visions of death are growing clear
Life as a corpse is what you fear
Searching through the graves to be set free
From the curse of the priest that’s come to be
So unaware of what’s to come
Your guts are his when he is done
Reaching for your cross to end this pain
Your life and blood he will have drained

Regurgutated guts
Satisfy his needs
Regurgutated guts
Now you’re gonna bleed

In his trance
Your eyes they bleed
Your guts come forth
For his own need

7. Baptized In Blood

Under command a new-born child
Submerged in blood, the dead they smile
Growing possessed, burning inside
A bloody feast for us tonight

The way of death
Is growing hear just take my hand
Skies grow black
Unholy corpses upon their land

The dead they gather around
Praising the child they found
Possessed, the child shall kill
The future is now revealed

Baptized in blood
Destined to burn
Baptized in blood
Reborn they’ll learn

Gather around, watch and see
A new creation of misery
Taking the place of the elderly dead
Forbidden ways now in his head

The way of death
Is growing hear just take my hand
Skies grow black
Unholy corpses upon their land

The dead they gather around
Praising the child they found
Possessed, the child shall kill
The future is now revealed

Baptized in blood
Destined to burn
Baptized in blood
Reborn they’ll learn

Baptized in blood
Destined to burn
Baptized in blood
Reborn they’ll learn

8. Torn To Pieces

Out to find the truth
Behind the myth of
Man eating man
Finding bodies tied
Up to a stake
You cannot understand
Filled with ignorance
You watch them eat your friends
Ask for evidence
A hook right through your tits

Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces

Trying to escape
They torture you by
Cutting off your cock
When you’re dead
They’ll feast upon your flesh
Your brains they’ll
Eat and chop

Pray if you want
Pathetic rancid cunt
Face reality
Death your final pleasure

Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces

Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces
Torn to pieces

9. Evil Dead

Trapped inside a life which is not yours
Spirits within causing terror, fear and darkness

Evil dead
Evil dead

Voice speaks out, all will die tonight
Insanity fills your mind, you hear them calling

Evil dead
Evil dead

Covered in blood, all hope is lost
Forever to rot, controlled by the powers of the

Evil dead
Evil dead

10. Scream Bloody Gore

Decapitated head licking your cunt
Sucking all the blood from your stump
Intestinal guts taking their hold
Leaving you dead, stiff and cold

Controlling the minds of the bloodthristy dead
Unholy seizure slicing through your head
Who will survive only time will tell
Dripping from your mouth comes a rancid smell
Lobotomised corpse shredding your flesh
Leaving your body a bloody mess

Scream bloody gore
Scream bloody gore

Inject the reborn terror, the blood comes spurting out
Another to control, add it to your count
Orders to destroy, rip and tear apart
Wishing for the end, your dead is just the start

Controlling the minds of the bloodthristy dead
Unholy seizure slicing through your head
Who will survive only time will tell
Dripping from your mouth comes a rancid smell
Lobotomised corpse shredding your flesh
Leaving your body a bloody mess

Scream bloody gore
Scream bloody gore

Armies of the dead
Hail their leader’s head
Hungry for the flesh
While it’s warm and fresh

Through the smoke who will see
Who will come out alive?
Now it’s your turn to feel the pain
Now it’s your turn to die

11. Beyond The Unholy Grave

[Bonus Track]

Messenger of evil
Haunting your soul
Laying in peace
Taking my corpse

The meeting that was held
Graveyard of death
Trying to resist it
Slow unholy breath

Beyond the unholy grave
Beyond the unholy grave
BEYOND THE UNHOLY GRAVE!

Screaming in silence
Within mystery
Inside is spilled
With your brain

Demeaning it was hell
Graveyard of death
Trying to resist it
Slow unholy breath

Beyond the unholy grave
Beyond the unholy grave
BEYOND THE UNHOLY GRAVE!

Beyond the unholy grave
Beyond the unholy grave
BEYOND THE UNHOLY GRAVE!

12. Land Of No Return

[BONUS TRACK]

Mangled bodies falling from the sky
Grotesque mutation ripping out your eyes
Now a corpses slave you’ll learn to rot
A life of endless gore is what you’ve got

[CHORUS]
Rotting till the end of time
In the land of no return
Here your screams remain unheard
Watch your flesh decay and burn

In this land there is no night or day
In pools of blood, the corpses sit and prey
Unholy carcas begging for relief
Existing everyday in morbid grief

Searching for your soul
Nowhere to be found
Wanting to return
Six feet under ground

[CHORUS]
Rotting till the end of time
In the land of no return
Here your screams remain unheard
Watch your flesh decay and burn

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