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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Before Christ / After Death (5:57)
2. Standing in Blood (4:54)
3. Neolithic (5:10)
4. Undead Journey (4:29)

Total Time 20:30


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Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Davis / Guitars
- Gino Marino / Guitars
- Jeff Estes / Bass
- Louis Panzer / Keyboards
- Mike Browning / Drums, vocals

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Demo, Independent

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Review by UMUR
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2 stars The Science of Horror is the second demo cassette tape released in 1988 by American, Florida based progressive death metal act Nocturnus. Only drummer/ lead vocalist Mike Browning and guitarist Gino Marino are left from the lineup that recorded the first demo tape. New in the lineup on The Science of Horror are Mike Davis on guitars, Jeff Estes on bass and Louis Panzer on keyboards. The latter would have a great effect on the future sound of Nocturnus.

While the music on the Nocturnus demo was raw and rather primitive eighties US death metal, the style has changed a bit on The Science of Horror. The basis is still old school US death metal but the level of sophistication in the music and the addition of keyboards really gave Nocturnus quite an original sound back in those days. The lyrics were at this point still about the occult. The sci-fi lyrics would first appear on the debut full- length studio album The Key (1990). All four songs from this demo would be featured on the debut album. Undead Journey only on the CD version of the debut though.

While the level of sophistication is much higher than on the first demo, the music is still rather primitive and the production is just a notch better than on the first demo. This means that The Science of Horror is a marginally better release than Nocturnus, but still only a fan release. 2 stars are warranted.

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