Death
The Sound of Perseverance


4.5
superb

Review

by Brendan Schroer STAFF
April 14th, 2010 | 504 replies | 21,871 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of death metal's finest.

Death will always be known as one of the founders of the genre called "death metal." The origin of the term is quite heavily debated and it's an interesting subject. Nonethless, Death is the top-selling death metal band in the world, and was one of the best. What we have here is their last recording before the beloved Chuck Schuldiner died. The Sound of Perseverance is a grand recording in the name of death metal, and most will strive to achieve it's quality.

(On a side note, it's also heavily debated whether this is their best. Most go with Symbolic, Human, or this one. Individual Thought Patterns and SBG can also be mentioned).

This album puts the styles of many bands into a giant mixing pot, including Cynic, Dream Theater, Atheist, Opeth, etc. However, Death's style still remains thoroughly in the album, as heard in the opening track, "Scavenger of Human Sorrow." A massive drum solo kicks of the track, with a blazing, yet short, guitar solo to follow. The composition that comes after is a blindingly technical showcase of the band's talents, most notably Chuck Schuldiner (who else?) and drummer Richard Christy, who has become a fan favorite for Death's drummers.

A notable change in this album from previous records by Death is the inclusion of EXTERMELY high vocals, especially for a death metal band. Chuck's vocals have improved from Scream Bloody Gore, and have gotten high to the point of nearly being black metal screeching. It shows here, especially in the Judas Priest cover Painkiller, quite a highlight on the album. Chuck combines those aforementioned screeches with clear(er) vocals (also very high-pitched).

The bass work also is phenomenal here at points, mainly during Spirit Crusher, a, bass-driven number with one of the coolest choruses in metal. Also, another highlight in the album is the melancholic ballad "Voice of the Soul," an instrumental piece that only features electric and acoustic guitar, yet is such a beautiful song that switches tempos frequently.

This album is quite awesome, but a bit of a problem is that the vocals can get quite overbearing at times. Painkiller, while it's a highlight, is particularly a big casualty here. The musicianship is excellent, but Chuck's vocals get repetitive and annoying after a while.

However, this is not a big problem, just minor. We still have one hell of a record here, and it shows the pinnacle of how hard Death worked over the years. This is truly one of death metal's finest.

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner



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vanderb0b
April 14th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I seem to be one of the few people that love the vocals on this album.

KILL
April 14th 2010



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

beast album

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Zipzop5565
April 14th 2010



402 Comments


I don't like the vocals on this album, but the rest is good. R.I.P Chuck

Ire
April 14th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vocally, this is Chuck's best.

SoP fans can suck it!

edit: I thought this was the symbolic thread
KILL! WHY ARE YOU HERE?

BigTuna
April 14th 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album RULES

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HenchmanOfSanta
April 14th 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Death has sold more than Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel?
Also, it's Richard Christy. Otherwise, good review.

Vocally, I prefer Symbolic, but musically this edges it out. Really fun to play on bass!

Piglet
April 14th 2010



4652 Comments


Perhaps you could have explained more on what the songs contained? Oh wait, Brutal death metal?

CaptainDooRight
April 5th 2013



28335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/


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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
May 24th 2013



9680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Nice bump, Captain! Prob one of my worst reviews though :[

DrHouseSchuldiner
November 15th 2013



5643 Comments


still cant understand why this has higher avg rating than ITP but w/e

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2013



9680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Because it's a tad better

evilford
November 17th 2013



21188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Worst death

Still rules tho

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FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2013



9680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

SBG's my least favorite because it can sound a bit boring and primitive. Still has great tracks though

evilford
November 17th 2013



21188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's my 2nd least fav but yeah every death album has lots to give

demigod!
November 29th 2013



43871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IT'LL TAKE YOU IN

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evilford
November 29th 2013



21188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IT'LL SPIT YOU OOOOUUUUUUUTTTTTTT

SnakeDelilah
November 29th 2013



5405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how the fuck does this only have 16 comments

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2013



13501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Because this wasn't the default review until very recently.

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evilford
November 29th 2013



21188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nobody has ever heard of this band that's why

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 29th 2013



4796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

SPIRIT...


CRUUUUUUUUSHHHHAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!

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