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Release date: 1988
Style: Death metal

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Disc I
01. Leprosy
02. Born Dead
03. Forgotten Past
04. Left To Die
05. Pull The Plug
06. Open Casket
07. Primitive Ways
08. Choke On It

Disc II [Remastered version] [2014 reissue bonus]
01. Open Casket [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
02. Choke On It [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
03. Left To Die [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
04. Left To Die (Take 2) [September 23rd, 1987 rehearsal]
05. Left To Die [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
06. Open Casket [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
07. Pull The Plug [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
08. Choke On It [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
09. Born Dead [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]
10. Forgotten Past [December 5th, 1987 rehearsal]

Disc III [Remastered version] [Deluxe version 2014 reissue bonus]
01. Leprosy [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
02. Open Casket [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
03. Zombie Ritual [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
04. Pull The Plug [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
05. Left To Die [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
06. Mutilation [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
07. Forgotten Past [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
08. Born Dead [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
09. Denial Of Life [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
10. Primitive Ways [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
11. Infernal Death [Live At Backstreets, Rochester, N.Y. - December 13th, 1988]
12. Leprosy [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
13. Pull The Plug [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
14. Forgotten Past [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]
15. Primitive Ways [Live At The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, N.J. - December 11th, 1988]

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Lyrics (8)


Additional info
Remastered reissue - 3/5/14:
The entire album, as well as the bonus material has been painstakingly remastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Nile, etc). Deluxe 2XCD contains 50 minutes of previously unheard and unreleased Leprosy demos and rehearsal material housed in an embossed o-card package with a 24 page booklet featuring unseen pictures of the band as well as brand new liner notes from Ian Christe (Sirius/XM) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope). LP features the remastered core album on wax together with a download card for all of the music included on the 2XCD.

Guest review by
Yanko

Rating:
8.0
There continues the saga of Death. The deadly topic of the lyrics is still there, but the main and most important ingredient of death metal is gone - the vocals. Chuck Schuldiner, being a true thrash vocalist, doesn't betray his nature and after torturing his throat on "Scream Bloody Gore", he sounds still very brutal, but not so convincing. From modern point of view, this wouldn't be an impressive performance, although brutality in the face of Cannibal Corpse still exists. For its time this would be one of the rawest vocal performances. However, the album is fast, technical and the vocals are not quite death, so I label it thrash.

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published 15.09.2003 | Comments (9)

Staff review by
Herzebeth

Rating:
9.7
One of the most influential bands in Death Metal released this Masterpiece called simply "Leprosy", an intense and raw album wrapped in brutal powerful riffs, insane (with a little Thrash style) drums, good bass-lines, awesome cover, and the most powerful vocal style in music.

The album opener "Leprosy" starts with a great progression of riffs and drum beats, then a chilling scream settles the atmosphere for the song, a brutal intelligent song with incredible fast and complex fillings (those in the minute 1:50 are the best ones), crazy ascending solo's clean bass-lines, catchy drum beats, etc…The tempo goes from slow to catchy then to Brutal and so on, this is one of the all time favorites for all the Death Metal fans all over the world.

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published 10.01.2005 | Comments (19)

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Pauleto - 20.03.2010 at 10:36  
  Excellent album. Grande school Death Metal!!!
Warman - 23.03.2010 at 19:52  
Rating: 9 My favourite Death album! Also the first I heard from the band.
Void Eater - 09.04.2011 at 06:02  
  For whatever reason, this is my favorite Death album, in addtion to one of my favorite metal albums. Not as technical as any of the follow-ups, not as thrashy as the debut-This would probably be the "purest death metal" album by Death. Not that being more pure death metal makes it inherintly better of course.
Angelic Storm - 09.04.2011 at 10:20  
Rating: 8 This was the first album by Death I heard. It's not my fave, because I feel it is just a little bit inconsistent. Unlike the debut, and "Individual Thought Patterns", which are amazing the whole way through. The great songs on the album though, are huge death metal classics that are the absolute pinnacle of the band's sound. The title track, "Left To Die", "Pull The Plug" and (probably my all time fave Death song) "Open Casket" are simply immense songs, and Death at their very best.
Deadmeat - 09.04.2011 at 13:13  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 09.04.2011 at 10:20

(probably my all time fave Death song) "Open Casket"

i love this song!!!! from the "brutal" side of Death (and i mean their first 2 albums) this is by far my fav song! it is amazing! i love the drum fill-ins in the beginning of the song and generally everything on it!
Angelic Storm - 09.04.2011 at 13:25  
Rating: 8
Written by Deadmeat on 09.04.2011 at 13:13
i love this song!!!! from the "brutal" side of Death (and i mean their first 2 albums) this is by far my fav song! it is amazing! i love the drum fill-ins in the beginning of the song and generally everything on it!


Hehee, I remember years and years ago when I was young, reffering to those fills near the start of the song as "helicopter drums". Cos it made me think of propeller noises.

I love everything about that song, it's ultra macabre main riff, (the one that starts just before the first verse) the scorching solo with Chuck and Rick Rozz trading off, and of course, those drum fills! It's definitely one of the best death metal tunes ever written, imo.
Deadmeat - 09.04.2011 at 13:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 09.04.2011 at 13:25

I love everything about that song, it's ultra macabre main riff

that's what i love about this band! almost all their riffs were, as you called, macabre. chuck had the ability to write awesome music!
Angelic Storm - 09.04.2011 at 14:07  
Rating: 8
Written by Deadmeat on 09.04.2011 at 13:42
that's what i love about this band! almost all their riffs were, as you called, macabre. chuck had the ability to write awesome music!


Hehe, that's true. Even some of Death's later stuff had very macabre riffs, like the chorus riff of "Jealousy" which is just vicious. From the old Death, my fave songs are "Open Casket", and "Torn To Pieces". The latter is probably the most macabre song Chuck ever wrote, it sounds like the perfect sonic accompaniment to cannabalistic rituals! lol
Deadmeat - 09.04.2011 at 15:29  
Rating: 10
Written by Angelic Storm on 09.04.2011 at 14:07

Hehe, that's true. Even some of Death's later stuff had very macabre riffs, like the chorus riff of "Jealousy" which is just vicious. From the old Death, my fave songs are "Open Casket", and "Torn To Pieces". The latter is probably the most macabre song Chuck ever wrote, it sounds like the perfect sonic accompaniment to cannabalistic rituals! lol

from "scream bloody gore" my favs by far are "mutilation" and "scream bloody gore"! generally this band is probably the best (based on consistency and quality) death metal band and it is very very bad that it is so difficult to find more bands like them...
strade - 10.08.2011 at 00:24  
Rating: 9 "Pull the Plug" might be my favorite Death song.
Kenos - 10.10.2011 at 20:13  
  Best Death album and definitely better than the horrendously overrated "TSOP".
Lit. - 04.12.2011 at 23:43  
  Definately an improvement over Scream Bloody Gore.
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.12.2011 at 23:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 10.10.2011 at 20:13

Best Death album and definitely better than the horrendously overrated "TSOP".


my thoughts exactly. TSOP isn't even death metal any more whereas this one totally is.
hauntedgt - 03.07.2012 at 16:38  
Rating: 9 Great album. Leprosy and Pull the plug are my favourites
musicalkaratekid - 10.07.2012 at 01:18  
Rating: 8 In my opinion the best of the first three Death albums, this has some tight guitar work but solid riffs as well.
dinualin94 - 04.09.2012 at 17:38  
Rating: 10
Written by hauntedgt on 03.07.2012 at 16:38

Great album. Leprosy and Pull the plug are my favourites

Same here.
Illog1cal - 11.12.2012 at 00:10  
  The guitar work and riffs are stellar as always with Chuck, however the drum and bass work is very mediocre nothing to help spark the album up. To me both of these sections of the band sound functional and nothing more, its a shame really, not Chucks fault but it can't be ignored.
Angelic Storm - 29.12.2012 at 22:12  
Rating: 8
Written by Lustful Maid on 29.12.2012 at 12:05
- What consistency are you looking for ? All 8 songs sound like 1 song ?
- If there are 3 out of 8 songs are considered classisc and also your favorite, yet still not qualified as your favorite album, guess your requirements are extremely high. May I know which album so far is your "Album of the century" ? (Unfortunately, Leprosy is my album of the century)


Emmm... no. I mean consistency in terms of song quality, not that I want all the songs to all sound the same. Scream Bloody Gore is no less one dimensional than Leprosy, but yet, I find that one to be more consistent, because every song on it is equally great. I don't have an "album of the century"... I love waaay too many albums to narrow that down to just one.

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