A song from the upcoming Mantas Death By Metal collection has been released online. The track “Evil Dead” is taken from the band’s first ever 1984 demo, recorded in the basement of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. 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. 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 (1984).

Mantas was the late Chuck Schuliner’s pre-Death band and these are his earliest recordings; ones that would evolve into Death’s sound. As such, Death By Metal should be considered to be a historical metal document. This said, the album’s sound is incredibly muddy and as a result hard to listen to at times. While most casual listeners won’t be able to get past this, those who can will find some scorching songs. As far as historical albums go, Death By Metal should be heard by all extreme metal fans at some point, just to see how the genre evolved. Casual listeners on the other hand should avoid.