|Review: Death Strike - Fuckin' Death|
Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2011
Originally released in: 1985
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (16 Votes)
Death Strike was a short-lived band way back in the mid-80s, with Paul Speckmann handling the vocal and bass duties before moving on to Master. This reissue of Fuckin' Death contains the original eight tracks, plus four bonus tracks. The original eight are "lo-fi" enough, but the bonus tracks are pretty bad as far as sound quality goes, and that kind of clashes with the rest when listening to the album (never been a fan of bonus tracks that don't belong).
As can be expected from Death Metal back in those days, this is very thrashy and messy – this is the stuff that got nowhere near the mainstream even though "metal was big" at the time. It's raw, fast, the production is a few meters below underground, and there's no commercial appeal whatsoever. Gotta love it. :) Shouted, raucous vocals complete the messy but visceral and sometimes blazingly fast music. This requires quite a few listens to take it all in because the instruments are often struggling to make themselves heard through that production. A nice piece of Death Metal history that will appeal to those who crave for real underground stuff.
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