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Unquestionably one of the most important and influential death metal acts to have ever emerged from the North American continent, Florida's DEATH came together in late 1983 when guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner and guitarist Rick Rozz (real name: Frederick DeLillo) got together with drummer/vocalist Barney "Kam" Lee to form Mantas. Drawing musical inspiration from Venom and ... Read more in Amazon's Death Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003C5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leprosy
2. Born Dead
3. Forgotten Past
4. Left To Die
5. Pull The Plug
6. Open Casket
7. Primitive Ways
8. Choke On It

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Media Type: CD
Artist: DEATH
Street Release Date: 09/09/1988

Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of classic death metal, I highly recommend this.
Fred Rayworth
This band is right up there in the top next to bands like Napalm Death,Carcass,Obituary,Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation.
Edgar Sanchez
Leprosy is by far Death's best disc, and one of the best Death Metal discs ever recorded.
E. Hastings

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on December 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Leprosy, Death's second album, shows some fairly substantial growth from their already solid debut. It's still just straight forward old-school Death metal, but Chuck's got a better voice and more interesting lead work than most, and the songwriting is a step above the competition. All in all, an excellent album.
The biggest weakness is Rozz's lead work. It tends to be a bit on the laughable side, mainly a bunch of trem bar squealing and obnoxious trills. It's not too much of a problem, as they tend to be short, and frankly a bit amusing even if they aren't exactly enojoyable from a music standpoint. Chuck's leads make up for his deficiency, however. He's nowhere near as proficient as he'd become, but he's still exhibits why he's my favorite lead guitarist. He always has just the right combination of melody and speed, never being too melodic for the musical backdrop, but never zooming off in to tedious squealing, as do many DM lead guitarists.
This has some rather excellent DM production. Still fairly raw, but has just enough definition, and it's still very bulky and thick sounding.(unlike many roughly produced albums) The drum sound is perhaps a bit over the top(I can't imagine a snare drum sounding like that in the real world) but it still works pretty well, giving the album a really great rhythmic punch. You can even hear the bass quite a bit of the time, though it usually isn't doing anything of particular interest.
Every track here is good. They don't have much variety, though most of them have a pretty memorable chorus, so they don't just blur together. The riffwork is very nice, with a good combination a chunky, thrashier riffs with blazing, death metal trem riffs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Klubeck on April 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Along with Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" and Slayer's "Reign In Blood," this is the most pure form of metal ever. This is metal the way it was meant to be played, and many bands wouldn't be around today were it not for Death. "Leprosy" is an ultra-..., in your face, drive you through the ground sludgefest. Songs like "Born Dead" and "Primitive Ways" just bludgeon you with their raw brutality. Chuck Schuldiner and Rick Rozz are a great guitar duo. The solos are a definite plus and nothing short of impressive, but they are overshadowed by Schuldiner's brutal riffing and raw vocals. The drumming by Bill Andrews is also great, as there's plenty of double bass and cool fills to go around. I can't complain about any of the songs on this CD. They are all amazing, but newbies should immediately check out "Pull The Plug." Many regard it as one of the best Death songs. As for the rest of the CD, it's fast, heavy, and brutal with plenty of great guitar solos and riffs to keep you entertained for a long time. So, if you have a penchant for true metal, pick this up. You will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By esthomas on April 29, 2014
Format: Vinyl
I own the original Combat Records version and the Century Media remaster of Leprosy. Now with the addition of the Relapse Records remaster I have three versions of the same album. With that being said this review is for the remaster and not the music itself. I'm sure by now you know the music. If you don't then you are seriously missing out.

In comparison, this remaster sits in between the two previous versions. It's not as good as the original; however, it is better the the Century Media version. This version has a much cleaner sound which allows the music to come out a lot more. Plus, the 2014 version has a bonus disc of rehearsal material which is nice to hear. I wouldn't go as far as to say that the rehearsal material is really exceptional, but rather a nice accompaniment to a re-release. This addition also has liner notes from varies people giving the long time fans a deeper insight into all that which is "Leprosy".

The only issue I have with this release is the remastering. Some albums I actually enjoy louder. This release in particular I would prefer see in full dynamic range much like the remasters being done by Earache Records. There is so much going on in this album that it's a shame that something can not be done to preserve that. If you have ever heard the remasters being done by Earache then you should know that the guitar tones in particular are a lot sharper then their original releases. Death being an extremely guitar savvy band would benefit a lot with a sharper sound bringing the riffs to the forefront of the songs.

Other then that one gripe I can say you really can not go wrong with Leprosy. It's an extremely solid metal record in regards to both brutality and musicianship. Albums of this caliber are few and far between. If you missed out on previous versions then now is your chance to hear some of the finest death metal ever recorded.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dan on August 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a great metal album. Chuck Shuldiner was a musical genius. If you like speed or thrash metal and you are looking to get into death metal, immediately buy this album. That's the way it happened for me. Anyway, this album is heavy and great. The riffs are similar to Slayer at times, only heavier. The riffs are great. The solos are awesome, and they are in every song. The vocals on this album are great, Chuck is still my favorite Death metal vocalist. He is much better than the guys from Cannibal Corpse or any other death metal band. My favorite songs would have to be "Leprosy", "Pull the Plug", "Primitive Ways" and "Choke On It", but they are all great, and there's no filler. Basically, if you're into thrash/death metal, there is no way you can go wrong with this album. It was sad to hear about Chuck's death, and even though I've only recently discovered Death, I will miss him. R.I.P. Chuck
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