Only a week into my new era of abstinence and I’m feeling the pressure increase already! Just found out that Relapse Records will be re-releasing the great Chuck Schuldiner’s Pre-Death band Mantas’ recordings on June 19th 2012. Death By Metal will include demos and rehearsal recordings from 1984 and there will be a limited edition 2CD version with extra rehearsals and a live recording. Not sure if the limited 2CD will only be available through Relapse or not.
Relapse have been doing a great job of reissuing the Death back catalogue recently and I’m excited to see these recordings getting the same deluxe treatment. These recordings are essential listening for anyone interested in the genesis of Death Metal and the career of Schuldiner. Mantas also featured Kam Lee and Rick Rozz who are also important figures in the genre and later formed Massacre, another great DM band.
I’ve been listening to quite a few old demos lately, bands like Voivod, Destruction, Hellhammer, Massacre, and Coroner so this is just astoundingly tempting. I’ve also been checking out some other early DM bands like Master and Death Strike so I’m really interested in hearing these, unfortunately!
Aaaarghhh…. at least I’ve got until June 19th. If I maintain my iron resolve until then maybe I can justify treating myself. Maybe I’ll forget about it in the interim. Maybe.
TEMPTATION RATING: 10/10 This purchase is as inevitable as… Death!