Shadow Kingdom Records will release a CD's worth of demo and rehearsal material from obscure '80s death metal group TERMINAL DEATH on July 8. A vinyl LP version will also be made available via Hells Headbangers Records.
Based on the material, the Chicago band should have gotten high praise across the globe, but fell through the cracks without a proper record label deal. That all changes now, as fans of early SEPULTURA, DEATH and POSSESSED are in for a real treat. In addition to the remastered material, a nicely assembled CD booklet includes a detailed interview by Laurent of Snakepit magazine.
Shadow Kingdom Records owner Tim McGrogan shared these words about the release: "When you talk about the earliest death metal bands, we think of SEPULTURA, DEATH, POSSESSED (all stemming from VENOM) right off the top, but there were a few ripping bands that quickly fell into obscurity and TERMINAL DEATH is one of those bands. This is not just an obscure band; they could have been a HUGE death metal band if they were signed to the right label back then. They certainly had all of the talent of the aforementioned bands. Their 1985 demo tape screams with energy and intensity! This collection is another snapshot of that amazing early SLAYER-esque death metal. Co-founder Shaun Glass, who also co-founded SINDROME, later joined the more well-known classic death metal band BROKEN HOPE in the early 1990s. Shadow Kingdom Records also teamed up with Hells Headbangers Records to release this lost gem as a double LP. If you're into vinyl, keep your eyes peeled for it will be a glorified presentation."
Select tracks from "Terminal Death" are streaming at this location.
"Terminal Death" track listing:
01. Terminal Death
02. Judge Death
03. The Day After The End
04. Brain Tumor
05. Celestial Execution
Rehearsal - December, 11 1985:
07. Terminal Death/Judge Death
08. Brain Tumor
09. Celestial Execution
12. The Day After The End
13. Chained To The Abyss [Unreleased]
14. Dying In The War [Unreleased]
Rehearsal - April 19, 1986:
15. Terminal Death/Judge Death
16. Brain Tumor
17. Bloody Retribution [Unreleased]
19. The Day After The End
20. Chained To The Abyss