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Mantas' "Death By Metal" Demos and Rehearsals Compilation Streaming Online

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For the first time ever Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH band MANTAS' recordings have been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation, entitled "Death By Metal." And Metal Underground.com has the exclusive full album stream of the collection (the standard edition). You can hear it in the player below.

"Death By Metal" is the next chapter in Relapse's DEATH reissue campaign, compiling Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH material from his first band MANTAS into one deluxe collection containing the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal. "Death By Metal" is the brutally raw sound of an entire genre being born out of the basement of Chuck Schuldiner’s Florida home close to three decades ago. These are the earliest recordings of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. This is the first time that these recordings have been legitimately available since their original release as the "Death By Metal" demo tape (1984).

Mantas' "Death By Metal" is set for a June 19th North American release date, June 22nd in Benelux / Germany, and June 25th in the UK and rest of Europe. The collection will be released as a CD, Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD, LP, Digital Download and a limited collector's edition containing the Deluxe 2CD, LP on an exclusive color, exclusive Demo cover T-Shirt, and a reproduction of the original Death By Metal demo cassette! Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS and DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.

"Death By Metal" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s "Vivus!," "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance" and "Human." Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band.

Here is the "Death By Metal" track listing:

Disc 1

Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
3. Mantas
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness

Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead

Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal
10. Legion Of Doom
11. Mantas
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan

Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)

Emotional Rehearsal Demo 1984 - Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom - Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom - Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom - Take 3
4. Evil Dead - Take 1
5. Evil Dead - Take 2
6. Mantas - Take 1
7. Mantas - Take 2

Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
9. Zombie
10. Demon Flight
11. Death By Metal
12. Evil Dead
13. Power Of Darkness
14. Black Magic
15. Evil Chuck Solo
16. Beyond The Unholy Grave
17. Poison

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