Death
Individual Thought Patterns


5.0
classic

Review

by mortalsoullefttodie USER (8 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2006 | 20 replies | 2,876 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The line-up on Individual thought patterns is an uber death metal super group. This makes it one of the greatest death metal albums ever.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Individual Thought Patterns was a radically new approach to the death metal genre. Featuring a dream team of heavy metal gods, this could not have been pulled off by any other band. Andy LaRocque from King Diamond is one of the greatest neoclassical shredders in the world. Steve DiGiorgio with incredible fretless bass skills, and one of the longest resumes in the world of metal. Gene Hoglan is the atomic clock. And Chuck Shuldiner was one of the most brilliant, and revolutionary musicians of the late eighties, and nineties. All these amazing musicians on one album creates a memorable, and highly impressive sound.

The biggest step forward on this album is the guitar work. Instead of being fast simple chord progressions, and Chuck shuldiner, and Paul Masvidal slamming on their open low E-string the riffs have evolved into very melodic, often harmonized, and rhythmically diverse guitar parts. Chuck Shuldiner has adopted a more neoclassical, and memorable lead guitar style, as opposed to his previous egyptian sounding shredding from Leprosy, and Human. Andy LaRocques style is pretty much the same as it is in King Diamond. This is, in my opinion Chuck at his best.

As one would expect, Gene Hoglans drumming is fast, technical, and awesome. The odd time signatures, and syncopated rhythms that were absent from Dark Angel have not effected his playing quality at all. He is always precise, and on beat, something most drummers would do poorly at in these time signatures.

The bass is much more audible on this album than in most other death metal albums of the time. Many bands have bass parts that mimic the rhythm guitar parts too much, or they cut the bass out altogether. Steve DiGiorgio is given plenty of time to show off. The bass is always audible, and rarely mimics the rhythm guitar. The progressive nature of this album gives him the chance to show off his jazz back ground. This is the perfect metal album for bassists.

Individual thought patterns brought death metal to a new level of technique and musicianship, that most likely influenced the Swedish death metal scene that became more melodic, and progressive around this time. This is the perfect album for any guitarist, bassist, or drummer to own. By bringing together classical music, jazz, and death metal, Death took death metal to a new level of technique, and musicianship.

recommended tracks.
-Overactive Imagination
-Trapped in a Corner
-Mentally Blind



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northerncomfort
December 22nd 2006



106 Comments


Cool. What about the songs?

Stoo
December 22nd 2006



34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not doing a track by track?

Awesome Album.

Stoo
December 22nd 2006



34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a review. It's not supposed to be amazingly entertaining. That's what the album is for.

mortalsoullefttodie
December 22nd 2006



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so is it a good review

northerncomfort
December 22nd 2006



106 Comments


Great on the actual band, but I have no idea what the songs are actually like. It doesn't need to be track by track but at least descrbe what we're going to be hearing.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2006



17914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah a paragraph about some individual songs would be great but the review is still good.

Pebster49
December 22nd 2006



2988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album was good but I like there last album better...Philosopher is an awesome song

Thor
December 22nd 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This review is decent, but I do agree that there should be more discussion of the actual songs, even though mine didn't exactly do that either.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Confessed2005
December 23rd 2006



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album and nice review, but I am surprised you did not recommend The Philosopher. That song is awesome.

Thor
December 23rd 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Philosopher > all other Death songs

mortalsoullefttodie
December 23rd 2006



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like the philosopher, but not as much as the three i recomened, for me it comes right after Mentally blind

Intransit
January 17th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm looking into this band. Would this be a good place to start?

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 17th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was for me. Symbolic is also good.

KILL
July 5th 2009



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


The Philosopher > all other Death songs

Wise words my son

Digging: Pink Fairies - Never Never Land

FadeToBlack
July 26th 2009



10913 Comments


tbh my favourite songs on this are Overactive Imagination and Mentally Blind. The Philosoipher's still awesome, but those two are in my favourite death songs fo sho

KILL
July 26th 2009



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Overactive Imagination is fucking amazing agreed but The Philosopher is just so epic! just listen to the bass and guitar solo face off at the end!

FadeToBlack
July 26th 2009



10913 Comments


Yeah I love that part

666Micrograms
February 15th 2013



923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this albums always paints a smile on my face

KILL
February 15th 2013



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

:D

damn rip fade

666Micrograms
February 15th 2013



923 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no such thing as best songs. Its Death. Death Fact: every Death song since Death made songs is the best Death song



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