MANTAS: Premiere Song from Demo Collection


A song from the upcoming MANTAS Death By Metal collection which will be released via Relapse Records has been released online and can be streamed below. 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)!  A trailer for this face-ripping collection is available for viewing below.

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!  Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS & DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.

Death By Metal follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s Vivus!, Individual Though Patterns, The Sound of Perseverance and Human.  Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band.  The complete tracklisting for both discs can be found below.

Death By Metal Tracklisting:

Disc 1

Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
3. Mantas
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness

Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead

Rehearsal Early 1984 – Rehearsal
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 – Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom – Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom – Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom – Take 3
4. Evil Dead – Take 1
5. Evil Dead – Take 2
6. Mantas – Take 1
7. Mantas – Take 2

Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
9. 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. Poiso