Terminal Death where a band from from Chicago, Illinois that played a mixture of thrash and death metal and where considered one of the first death metal bands and this is a review of their self titled 2014 double compilation album which will be released by Shadow Kingdom Records and contains their 1985 demo and a couple of rehearsals from 85 and 86.
A raw 80's thrash sound starts off the compilation along with some of the primitive elements of early death metal and the music has a lot of the crossover elements of that era and on the second track blast beats and early death metal growls are added into the music along with some chaotic guitar solos and leads.
The slower sections of the music make the songs sound a lot more dark and heavy and they also bring in the early Slayer high pitched screams at times and the songs have a more raw and aggressive sound than some of the earlier death metal bands that where around at the time and the bass guitars sound very powerful on some of the tracks.
The rehearsal tracks have an even more raw and garage like feeling to them than the versions they released on the demo since it has all of the band members playing them live and they also bring in a few unreleased tracks that where not featured on the demo and they have a more aggressive punk/metal feeling to them and except for the 3 unreleased tracks both rehearsals are mostly the same tracks that where on the demo.
Terminal Death sound very underrated for their time and they show death metal in its more early, raw and primal days when the music was still making its transition from thrash and the song s they provide have more aggression than some of the other bands of that era that stayed around, the production has a very raw sound and the lyrics cover war and death themes.
In my opinion Terminal Death where a very great sounding raw and aggressive death/thrash metal band and if you are interested in hearing the origins of this genre, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Terminal Death" "Judge Death" and "Chained to the Abyss". 8/5 out of 10.