- UK Release with OIS (Original Inner Sleeve)

This album "DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore" is the debut studio album by this American death metal band Death. Released in 1987, it was considered "the first true death metal record". Chuck Schuldiner plays bass, wrote all the songs on the album

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DEATH - SCREAM BLOODY GORE: A Groundbreaking Debut in Death Metal's Infancy
Album Description:

Released in 1987, DEATH's "Scream Bloody Gore" stands as a landmark album in the nascent death metal scene. Hailing from Florida, the band, led by the visionary Chuck Schuldiner, unleashed a sonic assault that would forever alter the course of extreme metal.

Historical Context

By the mid-1980s, metal had splintered into various subgenres, with thrash metal gaining momentum and pushing the boundaries of aggression and speed. DEATH, however, took this intensity to new extremes, incorporating elements of thrash, punk, and even progressive rock to forge a new sound that would come to be known as death metal.

Musical Exploration

"Scream Bloody Gore" is a relentless sonic assault, characterized by fast tempos, intricate guitar work, and Schuldiner's distinctive guttural vocals. Songs like "Zombie Ritual," "Evil Dead," and the title track showcase the band's ability to combine technical proficiency with raw aggression. The album's lyrics, often dealing with themes of death, horror, and violence, cemented the band's reputation as pioneers of death metal's lyrical tropes.

Production Team and Recording Studio

The album was produced by Randy Burns, who had previously worked with bands like Megadeth and Kreator. Burns' production captured the raw energy of the band's performance while maintaining a level of clarity that allowed Schuldiner's intricate guitar work to shine through. The album was recorded at Music Grinder Studios in Los Angeles, a studio known for its work with thrash and heavy metal bands.

Remarkable Things

Beyond its musical merits, "Scream Bloody Gore" is notable for its iconic album cover, illustrated by Edward J. Repka. The album's release also marked the beginning of a long and influential career for Chuck Schuldiner, who would go on to become a legendary figure in the metal world.

Music Genre:

Death Metal 

Album Production information:

The album: "DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore" was produced by: Randy Burns, Steve Sinclair.

This album was recorded at: Music Grinder, L.A.

Album cover Illustration: Edward J. Repka

Additional Notes on Production Team:

Steve Sinclair, In the 1980s Steve Sinclair has been a successful producer for Heavy Metal bands. As an A&R Manager for Combat Records and Mechanic Records he produced many talented Heavy Metal and Punk bands. These bands include: Death, Crumbsuckers, Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault, Zoetrope, Ludichrist, Possessed, Dream Theater, Voivod, Vio-Lence, Abattoir, Dark Age, D.B.C., Dark Angel, Helstar

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Randy Burns is an American record producer and sound engineer who played a crucial role in shaping the sound of heavy metal music in the 1980s and 1990s. His collaborations with bands like Megadeth, Death, Kreator, and Possessed have left an indelible mark on the genre, and his contributions continue to be recognized and appreciated by metal fans worldwide.

Early Career and Breakthrough


Burns' career began in the late 1970s when he started working as a sound engineer in various studios in Los Angeles. His big break came in 1986 when he produced Megadeth's iconic album "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" . The album's raw energy, aggressive sound, and socially conscious lyrics resonated with audiences, and it became a landmark release in thrash metal history.

Shaping the Sound of Death Metal

In 1987, Burns produced Death's debut album "Scream Bloody Gore," which is widely regarded as one of the most influential albums in death metal. The album's combination of speed, technicality, and brutality set a new standard for the genre, and it inspired countless bands to follow in Death's footsteps. Burns' work on "Scream Bloody Gore" solidified his reputation as a producer who could capture the raw intensity of extreme metal.

Further Successes and Legacy

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Burns continued to work with a wide range of metal bands, including Kreator, Possessed, Dark Angel, and Nuclear Assault. His productions were known for their powerful sound, which often emphasized the aggression and energy of the music. Burns' contributions to the metal scene helped to define the sound of an era, and his work continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.

Later Career and Continued Influence

In recent years, Burns has continued to work as a producer and sound engineer, contributing to projects in various genres. He has also been involved in remastering and reissuing classic albums from his catalog, ensuring that his legacy is preserved for future generations. Burns' influence on the metal scene remains undeniable, and his work continues to be celebrated by fans and critics alike.


Randy Burns' career as a record producer and sound engineer is a testament to his passion for music and his dedication to capturing the raw power of heavy metal. His collaborations with some of the most iconic bands in the genre have helped to shape the sound of metal music, and his contributions continue to be appreciated by fans around the world. As a pioneer of American metal, Randy Burns' legacy is secure, and his work will continue to inspire and influence musicians for years to come.

Bands he has worked with include: 3rd Stage Alert , Agent Steel , Aversion , Bitter End , Chris Poland ( Band ) , Crumbsuckers , Dark Age , Dark Angel , DBC , Dead End , Death , Excel , Helstar , Kreator , Leatherwolf , Lizzy Borden , Ludichrist , Megadeth , Morgoth , Mortal Sin , Nuclear Assault , Possessed , Suicidal Tendencies , Uncle Sam , Zoetrope.

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Record Label Information:


Note: "Scream Bloody Gore" by "Death" has been released on the "Under One Flag" label with catalognr: "FLAG 12" both in the UK and USA.

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1987 Made in UK
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • John Hand - Guitar
  • Chuck Schuldner - Vocals, Guitar
  • Christ Reifert - Drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DEATH – Scream Bloody Gore" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Infernal Death
  2. Zombie Ritual
  3. Denial of Life
  4. Sacrificial
  5. Mutilation
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Regurgitated Guts
  2. Baptized in Blood
  3. Turn To Pieces
  4. Evil Dead
  5. Scream Bloody Gore
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Index of DEATH ( Band ) Vinyl Discography ( 1988 - 1990 )

DEATH - Leprosy 12" LP
Leprosy 12" LP

Combat / Under One Flag FLAG 24 , 1988 , England

"DEATH's 'Leprosy' is a seminal 1988 Death Metal masterpiece, showcased on a 12" Vinyl LP Album with Chuck Schuldiner's influential vocals and guitar work. As the band's second full-length release, 'Leprosy' solidifies DEATH's impact on the genre, featuring intense compositions that define the era. A landmark album, it remains a crucial piece of Death Metal history, showcasing Schuldiner's exceptional musical vision."

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new web-page DEATH - Scream, Bloody Gore ( UK ) 12" LP
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"Unearth the sonic abyss with Death's 'Scream Bloody Gore' on 12" Vinyl. Chuck Schuldiner's death metal masterpiece, released in 1987, remains iconic. The vinyl format enriches the experience, blending visceral cover art, a tracklist of relentless musical carnage, and Schuldiner's profound legacy. A collector's item, this original pressing transcends nostalgia, offering a tangible connection to the birth of death metal and the visionary mind behind its inception."

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DEATH - Scream, Bloody Gore ( Canada ) 12" LP
Scream, Bloody Gore ( Canada ) 12" LP midsize image of front cover

Cobra CL 1030 / Maze Music , 1987 , Canada

DEATH - Scream, Bloody Gore ( USA ) 12" LP
Scream, Bloody Gore ( USA ) 12" LP

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Under One Flag FLAG 12 , 1987 , USA

DEATH - Spiritual Healing 12" LP
Spiritual Healing 12" LP

Under One Flag FLAG 38 , 1990 , England

Death's 1990 vinyl LP "Spiritual Healing" is a classic of the death metal genre, showcasing technical prowess, philosophical themes, and critical acclaim. The album's intricate musicianship and innovative approach to songwriting have cemented Death's legacy in the world of heavy metal music.

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