|Review: Master - Unreleased 1985 Album|
|Unreleased 1985 Album|
Label: From Beyond Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 20, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:Unreleased 1985 Album
Paul Speckmann's Master should need no introduction to any metaller, and this hotchpotch re-issue of their most feral material was a most welcome one for me. The unreleased 1985 album was due to be Master's debut, but due to their contract with Combat Records being torn up, it ended up being re-recorded with a couple of extra tracks several years later on Nuclear Blast. However, this original recording was released into the underground domain, taped, copied and spread throughout the world. Even to this day, it's lauded by a huge amount of artists as a major influence.
It is tracks 1 to 7 that I'm really concentrating on here, that being the body of the 1985 album itself, with the remaining tracks being pretty average out-takes from later in the band's career, seemingly added only to bulk up the albums run time. Master were at their most dirty here, ripping out pure Venom inspired chords in a filthy guitar tone, rattling away on tub thumped drums and retching out some of the rawest vocals you'd have heard in the year of its creation. They certainly served up a bitchy punkish old school death metal album here, to which in retrospect, I'm sure Combat would've kicked themselves severely over letting slip through their fingers. Short, sharp songs batter the listener from all angles with unexpected time changes, scything guitar solos utilizing a weird dual harmony effect and Paul Speckmann's barked vocals, all of which rage away nicely under the mire of the production. Even for old school death metal, this is simplistically structured, which helps it fit in with the 3-chord punky vibes that appear on the odd riff, without losing its more intense death metal appeal or beginning to sound like a Discharge record.
So yeah, it's pretty badass, and certainly the best stuff Master ever came up with. Definitely one for the old school aficionados out there.
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