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"Death" was an influential death metal band from the United States that was founded in 1983 and dissolved in 1999. Founder/vocalist/guitarist Chuck Schuldiner is widely credited as one of the international pioneers of the death metal genre and the Death debut ''Scream Bloody Gore'' is considered a genre template.


Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner under the original name of Mantas in Orlando, Death pioneered the death metal sound along with California's Possessed. The band was both a part of and instrumental in defining the Florida death metal scene.

Together with Kam Lee (Barney Lee), and Rick Rozz (Frederick DeLillo), Schuldiner started to compose songs that were released on several rehearsal tapes in 1984. These tapes, along with the ''Death by Metal'' demo, circulated through the tape trader world, quickly establishing the band's name. In 1984, Schuldiner dissolved Mantas and quickly started a new band under the name Death. Its members included the same Rick Rozz and Kam Lee. Another demo was released, called ''Reign of Terror.''

In 1985, after the ''Infernal Death'' tape was recorded and released, Schuldiner fired Lee and Rozz in favour of Repulsion's b...

years active 1983–1999
music genre Death metal
Progressive metal (later)
origin Orlando, Florida
country United States
last known lineup Chuck Schuldiner
Richard Christy
Shannon Hamm
Scott Clendenin
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