Death
Human


4.0
excellent

Review

by KSE19 USER (4 Reviews)
December 10th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


For those of you who do not know, Chuck Schuldiner inspired millions of people. He inspired a metal movement; the movement known as death metal. Few have effected metal greatly like he did. Chuck Schuldiner is the guitarist and vocalist of Death which he formed in 1983. To this day Death are still very influential. The band went through a lot of lineup changes, but Chuck not only continued with his music, he also progressed as a musician. I have decided to write a review for this influential band and give my point of view on Death’s 1991 effort, Human, which had a very strong lineup.

Human

Human is a rather short album with only 8 tracks, and the tracks themselves aren’t that long either. Despite its shortness, there is still plenty of time for the band to showcase their talent. The riffs in this album are technical, furious, heavy, and every other positive thing you can think of. The guitar sound is full of highs and lows but you can tell there isn’t very much mids. This can be a good or bad thing because it is a personal preference. I would have liked there to be more mids. In my opinion it would have made the overall sound of the album fuller. The guitar still sounds good though. The bass isn’t very loud like it was in the band’s next album, Individual Thought Patterns. The drumming in this album is solid and quite technical, but not as technical as Symbolic or The Sound of Perseverance. The Sound of Perseverance had impressive drumming but the extreme technicality wasn’t always needed. On Human the drumming is not overdone. The songs have a good vibe and the drums are still impressive.

The songwriting is great and helps make Human excellent. Chuck's skillful songwriting as well as the band's improved musicianship is demonstrated on songs like the instrumental, “Cosmic Sea”. It has an awesome bass line about halfway through and there are some slower parts in the song which create different moods so this is definitely an atmospheric song. The vocals suited the power and furiousness of the riffs. “The Flattening of Emotions” captures this right from the start. Chuck Schuldiner’s vocals are unique and difficult to explain. An aspect that I like about Death is you can usually understand what he is saying. His screams are just as powerful as the riffs and make the songs sound even more intense. The vocals aren’t high-pitch or real low, yet they might take a bit of getting used to.

“Suicide Machine” is a catchy track with a mid-tempo beat. Both the verse and chorus are catchy making it one of the strongest songs off the album, though there isn’t any filler. “Together as One” has a neat guitar melody in the verse and is one of the faster songs. On “Secret Face” some effects are used on the guitar which is most likely a phaser. There is also a clean part at the beginning of “Lack Of Comprehension”. These attempts of experimentation are beneficial because the variation makes Human even more interesting than it already it is.

There are so many positive things about Human that to experience the genius of it you will have to actually listen to it. It is truly an excellent death metal album and is a must-have if you like this band, if you like death metal or even metal in general. It is one of Death’s best albums. What lowered the score a little is the production and that it is a bit short but this is barely an issue because there is no filler. It has everything that you could want from Death: powerful and heavy riffs, impressive drumming, vocals that intensify the music, and great songwriting.

Death (on this album) consisted of:
Chuck Schuldiner- guitar and vocals
Paul Masvidal- guitar
Steve DiGiorgio- bass
Sean Reinert- drums

My Top 3:
- Flattening of Emotions
- Suicide Machine
- Together as One


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McP3000
December 10th 2008


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

*foams at mouth*

Bleak123
December 10th 2008


1902 Comments


never really listened to Death, might give 'em a try some point down the line

Lunarfall
December 10th 2008


3179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is 100% awesome.

KSE19
December 10th 2008


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for sure. I thought this album could use another positive review.

Mendigo
December 10th 2008


2299 Comments


need this. lalalala. need this.

SnackaryBinx
December 10th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best Death album.

SKUDstorm
December 10th 2008


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best Death album.
Personally I think TSOP is their best but this album definately is up there.
Great Review Also.


Phantom
December 10th 2008


8930 Comments


Steve Digiorgio is like...*jizz*

rasputin
December 10th 2008


14550 Comments


Album rules.

MassMetal
December 10th 2008


83 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

never gets old does it?

Slaytan
December 10th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is 100% awesome.


Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2008


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first Death album that I really enjoyed listening to. The sound was better and the musicianship and songwriting jumped up considerably.

Flyboy
December 11th 2008


395 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome review man. This album kills.

OffTheRadar
December 11th 2008


102 Comments


not that good of a review. you used the words awesome, good, and great too much.

AngelPhoenix
December 11th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I count 2 goods, 3 greats and 1 awesome. Seems appropriate.

OffTheRadar
December 11th 2008


102 Comments


well it's that and the fact that there are tons of other undescriptive words used in this review too.

I am not going to neg, but try to capture the feeling of the music.

all the stuff that gives you boners

Willie
Moderator
December 11th 2008


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If he had only used 2 greats then it would be appropriate... but 3 greats is just taking things too far.
Besides this whole review is skewed because:
2(Good)+3(great)+1(Awesome) =/= Excellent

AngelPhoenix
December 11th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^No amount of rotflmfao could ever do that justice

Altmer
December 11th 2008


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

math review analysis

badtaste
December 11th 2008


824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol, I was considering reviewing this.

Anywayz, solid album, I dig it more than the other review. Schuldiner love ftwwwwwwwww.



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