Chuck Schuldiner’s previous band, MANTAS Demo Collection To See Release


Mantas-dbm demo

Relapse Records has been on a mission to release as much Death material as humanly possible, and we absolutely love it! Anything that the legendary Chuck Schuldiner was involved in, is being excavated and re-released. DeathControl Denied and now Mantas; It’s all being properly re-released as it should have been many years ago, and the next chapter in Relapse’s re-release campaign is an extremely historic and essential release. The label has painstakingly collected all of evil Chuck’s pre-Death material from his first band Mantas into a deluxe collection, entitled Death By Metal.

Compiling the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal from 1984, 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 3 decades ago.  Additionally, this marks the first time these recordings have ever been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation and legitimately available since their original release as the Death By Metal demo tape in 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!  . Here is the trailer for the upcoming release:


While many fans would love to hear the rare recordings that lead to Death’s birth, there are some who may view this re-release as cashing in on Schuldiner’s legacy. However, Eric Grief (former manager of Death and current president of Perseverance Holdings Ltd./ lawyer of Chuck’s intellectual property) has lashed out against such criticism, saying:

“You can read at YouTube some of my counter-comments against those calling the official release of MANTAS a ‘cash grab’. It boils my blood knowing the dedicated work some folks around the world did to make this happen, and yet there exists this little clique of hypercritical idiots who think they know better than all of us (including Chuck’s family) as to what should be available to fans. ENJOY!”


Death by Metal Tracklistings:

Disc 1

Death By Metal Demo (First Version)

01. Legion Of Doom

02. Evil Dead

03. Mantas

04. Death By Metal

05. Power Of Darkness


Death By Metal Demo (Second Version)

06. Legion Of Doom

07. Power Of Darkness

08. Death By Metal

09. Evil Dead


Rehearsal Early 1984

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

01. Legion Of Doom (Take 1)

02. Legion Of Doom (Take 2)

03. Legion Of Doom (Take 3)

04. Evil Dead (Take 1)

05. Evil Dead (Take 2)

06. Mantas (Take 1)

07. Mantas (Take 2)


Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall in Orlando, Florida September 1, 1984

08. Legion Of Doom

09. 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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