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by Death
Vivus! by Death
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Relapse Records
Often cited as the de facto pioneers of death metal, the seminal Floridians are captured here in 1998, two years before the tragic death of frontman Chuck Schuldiner from brain cancer. Two discs offer complete sets from L.A. and Eindhoven, Netherlands. The band may be long past the prime of their early days here, and on their 50th lineup change, but the squalling brutality they essentially invented is intact. Opener "The Philosopher" does a good job of showing Iron Maiden's influence on death metal.
Mike McGuirk

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