Man Must Die formed in October 2002 in the underbelly of Glasgow, Scotland. It became evident that after the first rehearsal that something special was brewing, the songs practically wrote themselves and the intensity was devastating, four songs were quickly written and recorded in May of 2003. The band immediately set out to make a name for themselves by playing shows throughout the United Kingdom. One song was placed on the then MP3.com site and within two weeks, hit number one on the worldwide Death Metal chart. MMD also received an invitation to play Maryland Deathfest 2004 based solely on this first demo. The demo was sent out to a select number of labels and by August of 2003 the band had signed to Retribute Records.