Blessed Death - Kill Or Be Killed - April, 1985
Well here we have it, folks; the first of the pretenders. Blessed Death were a band hailing from that famous little place called Old Bridge, New Jersey and how the hell they got a record out before Overkill, I'll never know, because this is some pretty pedestrian sounding shit. These guys play fast and the vocalist can fucking belt it out like crazy, but Blessed Death manage to sound generic before the genre had even fully formed! It's obvious these guys can play, but the songwriting just isn't there, as nothing memorable presents itself at all.
Standouts: Seriously, nothing. Pig Slaughter is kind of OK.
(I give it a point because the vocalist screams like his nuts are being crushed)