Leprosy (album)

Leprosy is the second studio album by American death metal band Death, released on August 12, 1988, by Combat Records. Notably different in tone and quality from the 1987 debut, it is the first example of Scott Burns' work heard on many of the death metal and grindcore albums of that era. The cover is featured in Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. It is the first album to feature drummer Bill Andrews and the only one to feature guitarist Rick Rozz.

Leprosy
Leprosy Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 12, 1988
RecordedApril 1988
StudioMorrisound Recording,
Tampa, Florida, USA
GenreDeath metal
Length38:37
LabelCombat, Relapse
ProducerDan Johnson
Death chronology
Scream Bloody Gore
(1987)
Leprosy
(1988)
Spiritual Healing
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

In a death metal special by the German "Rock Hard" Magazine, Leprosy was voted the no. 1 of the 25 most important death metal albums of all time. A deluxe re-issue of the album was released in April 2014.

The title track "Leprosy" was covered by the blackened death metal band Akercocke on their 2007 album Antichrist. Dutch melodic death metal band Callenish Circle covered "Pull the Plug" as a bonus on their Flesh Power Dominion album, released in 2002; shortly thereafter, Norwegian band Zyklon also recorded "Pull the Plug" to be used as a bonus track. Finnish thrash metal band Mokoma covered the track "Open Casket", with lyrics in Finnish and titled "Avoin Hauta", on their EP Viides Vuodenaika. "Pull the Plug" was also covered by American band Revocation.

On April 29, 2014, a three-disc remastered edition containing bonus tracks was released via Relapse Records.[2]

Track listingEdit

All music written by Chuck Schuldiner and Rick Rozz, unless stated. All lyrics written by Chuck Schuldiner. All songs published by Mutilation Music.[3][4]

No.TitleLength
1."Leprosy" (Schuldiner)6:19
2."Born Dead"3:25
3."Forgotten Past"4:33
4."Left to Die"4:35
5."Pull the Plug" (Schuldiner)4:25
6."Open Casket"4:53
7."Primitive Ways"4:33
8."Choke on It"5:54
2008 Century Media remastered digipak version[5]
No.TitleLength
9."Open Casket" (live)4:49
10."Choke on It" (live)5:50
11."Left to Die" (live)4:35
12."Pull the Plug" (live)4:26
13."Forgotten Past" (live)4:33
2014 reissued Relapse Records version (bonus disc 1)
No.TitleLength
1."Open Casket" (Rehearsals 09-23-1987)4:55
2."Choke on It" (Rehearsals 09-23-1987)6:15
3."Left to Die" (Rehearsals 09-23-1987)4:41
4."Left to Die - Take 2" (Rehearsals 09-23-1987)4:34
5."Left to Die" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)4:27
6."Open Casket" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)4:42
7."Pull the Plug" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)4:17
8."Choke on It" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)5:37
9."Born Dead" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)3:19
10."Forgotten Past" (Rehearsals 12-05-1987)4:26
2014 reissued Relapse Records version (bonus disc 2)
No.TitleLength
1."Leprosy" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)6:24
2."Open Casket" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:59
3."Zombie Ritual" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:40
4."Pull the Plug" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:20
5."Left to Die" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:41
6."Mutilation" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)3:40
7."Forgotten Past" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:35
8."Born Dead" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)3:23
9."Denial of Life" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)3:24
10."Primitive Ways" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:22
11."Infernal Death" (Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988)4:21
12."Leprosy" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)7:29
13."Pull the Plug" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)4:43
14."Forgotten Past" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)4:51
15."Primitive Ways" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)4:45
16."Open Casket" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)5:09
17."Mutilation" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)4:29
18."Infernal Death" (Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988)3:31

PersonnelEdit

Death


Production
  • Dan Johnson – production
  • Scott Burns – engineering
  • Michael Fuller – mastering
  • Edward Repka – artwork
  • Eric Greif – management
  • Frank White – photography
  • David Bett – art direction
  • Alan Douches – mastering (2014 reissue)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Leprosy - Death". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve (March 20, 2014). "DEATH's 'Leprosy' Album To Be Reissued With Bonus Material". Blabbermouth. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Primitive Ways as registered at BMI.com Archived 2015-11-06 at the Wayback Machine, the percentage filed is 75% Schuldiner, 25% DeLillo (Rozz)
  4. ^ Death (Official), Facebook page administered by Relapse Records and Eric Greif (the lawyer for Chuck Schuldiner's Estate), (retrieved November 18, 2011)
  5. ^ "Death (2) - Leprosy (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. June 2, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2011.

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