Death
Individual Thought Patterns


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
March 4th, 2007 | 1850 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


As with that of thrash, the origin of death metal is still a very debatable subject, even twenty-some years after its inception. Whether it was Possessed, Death, or Master, I do not really care, nor do I feel like pinpointing which of these acts recorded the opening notes in the opening seconds of their first demo's opening song. You can do that on your own time. As regardless of who did it first, each of these bands are important and influential on the genre. With albums such as Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, Florida death metallers, Death cemented their status as both innovators and torchbearers of the genre. But Death mainman, Chuck Schuldiner eventually grew tired of full on death metal and began incorporating harmonized guitars and progressive influences into his music with 1991's critically acclaimed album, Human. No longer, "just" a death metal band, the metal world highly anticipated the return of Death. And with 1993's Individual Though Patterns, they would not be disappointed.

Individual Thought Patterns continues Death's musical direction into that of progressive death metal. The 40 minute album is still home to the crushing riffs that Death has always employed, but similarly to Individual Thought Process' predecessor, Human, the riffs, solos, and drumming is much more technical than it ever has been before. Each of the album's ten tracks display the talents of Chuck and fellow guitarist Andy LaRocque exceedingly well, with chaotic, evil sounding guitar interplay taking much of the spotlight. But the efforts of the other two band members, Steve DiGiorgio and Gene Hoglan cannot be shrugged off. Similarly to the guitarists, both Steve and Gene do an excellent job in their required roles. Somewhat of a rarity in death metal, Steve DiGiorgio's bass lines are quite audible and provide a solid backup sound to the guitars. Jealousy is one track where Steve's performance plays a large role in the sound of the album. His distinct bass lines, which are played quite similarly to the guitars) are put together rather well and set up a serviceable rhythm for the other members of the band to draw from. If you're a fan of some of the more extreme genres of metal, specifically thrash metal, than you should know who Gene Hoglan is. In case you don't, Gene Hoglan was formerly the drummer of extreme thrash band Dark Angel, where he recorded some of the inhuman drumming I've ever heard. While his efforts on Individual Thought Patterns might not exactly match those on say Darkness Descends, that element of speed and destructiveness heard in Darkness of Descends has been added to Death's musical arsenal, which is always a great thing if you're a fan of the band. Gene offers a very impressive performance which definitely presents a solid, top notch rhythm for the band to follow. However, it would have been nice if the production on his drumming was a little better, as his efforts are rather low in the mix.

If there was one thing that I wasn't too fond of on Individual Thought Patterns, it would be Chuck Schildiner's voice. Chuck's vocal performance can be described simply as a deep, chaotic shout. Similar to what can be found in thrash metal, yet a little deeper and more gruesome sound, yet not deep or gruesome enough to be considered a death metal grunt. Chuck's efforts keep it rather simple and do not vary much, if at all, and despite being rather annoying, they get their job done fairly well. What his singing does not do is take away from his or the rest of the band's excellent efforts in terms of song writing or performance, but if I could trade in Chuck's shout for a more prestigious death growl, then I would in all likelihood do it, as it would definitely enhance Individual Thought Patterns and its power.

Though I had been listening to Gothenburg and melodic death metal for months before I discovered Death and two of their strongest efforts, Symbolic and Individual Thought Patterns, I would venture to guess that Death was the first full on death metal (though with progressive overtures, obviously) that I had ever given a fair chance to. And I couldn't have picked a finer band to start out with, as Death presents an excellent display of much of what makes death metal a fun genre to listen to. Brutal, yet technical guitars, both in terms of rhythm and leads; unique, effective bass lines which act more as a third guitar rather than following the guitars; and skilled, vicious drumming, which one would expect from a guy like Gene Hoglan. Sure, Chuck's vocals weren't the greatest, and the drumming could have been a little higher in the mix, but in the end, Death's sixth album is indeed a very worthwhile album. Pick it up if you can..

Recommended Tracks:
Trapped in a Corner
Overactive Thought Patterns
Nothing is Everything
Destiny



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Intransit
March 4th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. The Philosopher is my favorite track on here though.

Thor
March 4th 2007


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review for my favorite Death album, just right in front of The Sound of Perseverance. Every song on here just kicks total ass.

Confessed2005
March 4th 2007


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review for an awesome album. Death will always be one of my favourite death metal bands.

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 4th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Philosopher is my favorite track on here though.
Quite a kickass song for sure.
just right in front of The Sound of Perseverance.
Still haven't heard that one.

Thanks yo.

Dethtrasher
March 4th 2007


2211 Comments


This was a good review, but I'm not so sure about the album...

Abaddon2005
March 4th 2007


684 Comments



I have a lot of respect for Chuck, but I didn't like Human so I doubt this will be much better. nice review!

south_of_heaven 11
March 4th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good stuff here.

Stoo
March 5th 2007


34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album.

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 5th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much truth in one thread.

McP3000
August 23rd 2008


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, but it doesnt have the flare like TSOP or Human

KILL
February 4th 2009


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album kicks fucking ass i love the bass and of course Genes amazing drumming

Digging: A Guy Called Gerald - Black Secret Technology

Abaddon2005
February 4th 2009


684 Comments


I've grown to like this quite a bit over time. Human as well.

InHumanForm
April 4th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hey mike, theres a typo or just a mistake, under your reccomended songs you write Overactive though patterns, the song is actually called overactive imagination, which is the first track of the album, and individual thought patterns is a song on the album,which is track number 7. anyway, this album is a masterpiece, Human and ITP are both amazng

Phantom
April 4th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks captain obvious.

FadeToBlack
April 6th 2009


10926 Comments


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KILL
June 30th 2009


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well i have to say The Philosopher is probably my favourite death song

Meatplow
July 2nd 2009


5524 Comments


I really like Individual Thought Patterns. I haven't heard any other Death but i've listened to this many times.

The Philosopher is indeed really good.

FadeToBlack
July 2nd 2009


10926 Comments


I actually prefer Mentally Blind and Overactive Imagination to The Philosopher, still a good song though

InHumanForm
July 27th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

amazing album, one of my all time favorites along with human

KILL
July 27th 2009


71853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

indeed it is, really into the title track atm



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