Tuesday, September 1, 2009

MASTER -unreleased 1985 album

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1. Master
2. Unknown Soldier (Second Take)
3. Mangled Dehumanization
4. Funeral Bitch
5. Terrorizer
6. Pledge of Allegiance
7. Re-Entry and Destruction
8. Constant Quarrel
9. Judgment of Will
10. Submerged in Sin
11. Cut Through the Filth

I'm sure Metal fans everywhere can recall trading tapes that had at least one song by these dudes on it. If you were lucky you somehow got the entire session. The rumors were flying back then about Master having recorded a full length LP for Combat Records, and ripping up the contract due to some fucked up issues both band and label had with one another. The recordings never came out legitimately, but ultimately were leaked and traded by metal heads around the globe. The recordings went on to influence the likes of Napalm Death, S.O.B., Terrorizer, etc. There really wasn't much else out that sounded this real back then. These recordings put Venom to shame. Master were Another band who were part of the 1st wave of original death metal. Dudes were from Chicago, but leader, vocalist, bassist Paul Speckmann moved over sea's enlisting dudes to help carry on the Master name. A high school buddy of mine, Mark Szwarcberg sent me a tape with some master songs on it after he'd gone down to florida in around 1986-'87. He had zero info on them and thought they were from England. The 5th generation tape didn't even have any song titles, it was just labeled MASTER. My favorite tune on here is "funeral bitch", followed by maybe "pledge of allegiance". These are the original recordings, cleaned up with no hiss or noise.

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Speckmann now!

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21 comments:

  1. I saw these guys this year. So fucking great. A drunken brutal mess. Spekmann is god!

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  2. I saw them this year in N.Y.C.
    They were really good. Thanks for the music

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  3. Yes!! Master. not too much to say bout these cats that you didn't already cover. My faves would have to be "Funeral Bitch" and "Unknown Soldier".

    I gotta admit, i've always kinda dug the s/t LP from '90 a bit more. I liked hearin these tunes with that thick heavy production. sure i'm in the minority on that one though.

    Word em up Nate. your battin 1000 when it comes to this death metal shiz.

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  4. this is brilliant! rminds me of Celtic Frst meets Discharge. thanxxx

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  5. hell yeah i bought this disc last year it's great stuff.

    YOU ARE YOUR MASTER!

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  6. Thanks Nate, this post is honestly one of the best. I'm not a big death metal fan, but damn are these guys good!

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  7. Thanks jbm.
    that photo is from the NYC show. They were great.
    Mike, I hear yeah on the death metal... but up until around 1992 it was really still fresh, and most of it was well done and still breaking new ground.

    Nate

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  8. Does anyone knows if there is a vinyl LP version of this? this is damn insane.

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  9. When the tape started circulating in 1985, together with the likes of DEATH and REPULSION and POSSESSED, it was so obvious that something wild was going on. Dude, it was all so fresh back then and this MASTER lp is still so incredibly BRUTAL (the vocals!), I can hardly believe it. So many tried to copy this vibe, but nobody had it better than, well - the masters.

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  10. I was lucky to get to see two of those bands you mentioned in 1985... Possessed, and Death. Death had moved to the Bay Area(well, Chuck did). He set up camp in SF, and recruited my friend, and neighbor Eric Meade to play bass, and then Eric Brecht formerly of DRI to play drums.. Eric was a mentor to me back then, he had introduced me to MRR people, and got me involved at Gilman street.
    It really was Wild... the music was new, and fresh.

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  11. I was a penpal of Chucks from 1984 on and still have a lot of tapes he sent me (live, demo, outtakes etc.), incl. some stuff from both the bay area time, as well as when he had been a short time member of both Slaughter (can) and Repulsion. Same with Possessed: Ordered the demo in 1984 and played it to Tom of Celtic Frost after a rehearsal. He was literally shocked: Possessed were the shit back then! Never saw them live unfortunately. :-(

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  12. This stuff is truly great, thanks for putting it up...I heard that Master played in a town in Sweden I used to live in and only 70 people turned up...Please tell me they have more punters when they play in America...

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  13. the last time I saw them here in NYC(about a year ago), the turnout was maybe 50-70 people. sad..

    Nate

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  14. Thanks for the post, didn't know they had this recording before S/T Master album. It feels close to Deathstrike to me. You don't deliver an urgent message with sophisticated words and aestetic means; a few years before, at a gig in Paris, Speckmann reminded the audience of the concordance between opposition to the system/message/simple and straight music. That's how they started playind their Death Metal. Respect

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  15. yeah', I also like when he in "death strike"

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  16. Some of these overseas dudes are from the town in the Netherlands I live in. Tilburg that is. The studio was located in Tilburg too. Unfortunatly they tore down the building to build some fancy new houses overthere. I used to record and rehearse with my bands in that building. Heard some crazy stories about Speckman's dope smoking habbits.
    If your still doing gigs in AA you might be able to see Tilburg in may 2010. I heard rumours AA are coming to our town. My band Cracks In The Wall will be one of the support bands possibly. Together with the Shining, Waking the Dead and legendary MilkMan from Tilburg.

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  17. This band is the best. Killer, the music is raw, and I remember I had a tape with Funeral Bitch and Terrorizer, I just loved this, the true age of Black Metal, and these dudes made it possible.

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  18. this is reeeeeal good. kick ass post, man!

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