There is no denying that Paul Speckmann is one of the true pioneers of death metal in the U.S. Formed by Speckmann in 1983 as a reaction to Motörhead, Venom and others, Chicago's Master was a more extreme answer to the then-blossoming thrash-metal scene, releasing a demo in 1985 and then a self-titled LP in 1990 almost in parallel with another death-metal project, Death Strike. Master offered up a new breed of darkness, like early Slayer crossed with Motörhead, a sound that leaned more toward punk's efficiency than metal's showier, solo-heavy approach. Master were mean, and only got meaner, as demonstrated by their latest single "Replaced," from their forthcoming LP, Vindictive Miscreant, on Transcending Obscurity.
"Replaced" is ya gritty, lightning-fast, d-beat–leaning death-metal track that starts with a knife to the throat and hits the gas from there. It's truly punk in approach, appealing to fans of everything from Anti-Cimex to Deviated Instinct to the aforementioned Motörhead, while acolytes of Nihilist, Venom and Midnight — three metal bands that also speak to the crust and crossover crews — will applaud it's mean-spirited attitude. This is one badass cut that proves that even 35 years in, you can still be the hardest motherfucker in the room. Stream it above.