Death
Human


4.5
superb

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
January 26th, 2006 | 3581 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Featuring the strongest lineup in the band's history, Human struggles to be anything less than essential.

Every genre has a pioneer, a single artist that came to define the genre. Trip Hop had Massive Attack. Nu-Metal had Korn. And death metal had none other than the band aptly named Death. This band has been incredibly influential in the metal world since their formation in 1983. The leader of the band is the now deceased Chuck Schuldiner who was one of the leading figures in the extreme metal world. I learned about this band through this website and then went to check out their album Scream Bloody Gore. I was very impressed and wanted to hear more. The next album that I decided to get was this one, and Human still remains to be my favorite.

Death was on this album:
Chuck Schuldiner � Guitar and Vocals
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass
Paul Masvidal - Guitar
Sean Reinert � Drums

What was good about this album:
-- This album is loaded with plenty of catchy and often technical riffs that most metal fans can�t help but be entertained by. Schuldiner is one of metal�s greatest songwriters and I think that it shows the most on this album. His riffs make the songs flow very well and the songs never really become tedious.

-- The rhythm section is solid. Steve DiGiorgio does a fantastic job (as he usually does) and Reinhart is always providing the band with a solid and fast drum beat. Most of the time the songs are focused on the guitars and Chuck�s vocals, but occasionally the rhythm section will get to show off their obvious talent.

-- The band�s sound has greatly matured since their formation. When Scream Bloody Gore came out the album had a defined sound, but it had not been perfected yet. By now, Death has become an unstoppable force of metal nature with a very clear sound.

-- Chuck�s lyrics are beyond those of most death metal bands. Instead of talking about pure carnage and gore, the song�s subjects are often more intellectual and I can actually take them seriously.

-- Chuck�s voice, even though it is a constant harsh scream, is very easy to understand. Lots of death metal bands end up with guttural roars that no one can decipher, but I can tell everything that is being said. It�s nice to be able to understand what the vocalist is saying.

What was bad about this album:
-- Death is Chuck Schuldiner�s band, so almost every part of the song is based around him being awesome. With so much talent within the band, it would be nice to see some more soloing from the rest of the band members. This doesn�t detract from the rating much, but it�s still noticeable.

-- The entire album is constantly heavy and occasionally harsh on the listener�s ears. It would be nice to hear a clean break every once in a while, even that�s not a characteristic of a death metal band. Once again, this doesn�t take away from the rating much at all.

-- The album is fairly short. I was disappointed to see that the album was over after only eight average length songs.

-- This album might be too heavy for some listeners.

Highlights:
Flattening of Emotions
Suicide Machine
Together As One
Cosmic Sea

To those who want to possibly get into death metal, or are just looking for a very good metal band, this album would be one I would strongly recommend. The guitar riffs are superb and the songwriting is fantastic.

Final Rating: 4.5/5



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Thor
January 26th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There Jom, re-submitted it. You can delete my old one.

Thor
January 26th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha, no problem. Just as long as my review gets to be seen. :thumb:

Cravinov13
January 26th 2006


3854 Comments


Good review. I love this CD, but I dont own it and that makes me sad.

circleofdeadchildren
January 26th 2006


119 Comments


Excellent Review!

masada
January 26th 2006


2733 Comments


This seems like it would be pretty cool, even though I'm not particularly interested. Does that even make sense?

Apathy
January 26th 2006


645 Comments


Yay! The format!

Killtacular
January 26th 2006


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Am I the only one that doesn't love this. I just don't see what's so great about it.

Then I got The Sound of Perseverance and was blown aback by it's severe awesome.

joemoose13
January 26th 2006


9 Comments


Excellent review Thor, I like your format of your reviews, very easy to understand. I think I will definitly check out this band now, especially since you said you can understand what Chuck is screaming, that's the only thing I hate about death metal, not being able to understand what's being screamed, lol.

Cravinov13
January 26th 2006


3854 Comments


it's easy to understand if you read the lyrics with the song the first time, and every time after taht you know pretty much what they're saying.

Blizzink
January 26th 2006


46 Comments


Good review, but it should be under Death Metal.

Thor
January 27th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Who negged my review, and why?

Shadows
Moderator
January 27th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For some reason I was never able to get into Death, but this album and Sound of Perseverance are definitely my favorites.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 27th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good job Thor

This review is top notch

and so is the cd

4.5/5

Stoic
January 28th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Technical Death Masterpiece

The entire album is constantly heavy and occasionally harsh on the listeners ears. It would be nice to hear a clean break every once in a while, even thats not a characteristic of a death metal band. Once again, this doesnt take away from the rating much at all.

This album might be too heavy for some listeners.


I think these two shouldnt have been mentioned at all.


To me the only average thing is the fact that Steve's bass is too low in the mix





Thor
January 28th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, Steve is such a great bassist, and he should have been featured much more often in this album.

iceman3019
February 9th 2006


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is this a good place to start off with death? i enjoyed cynic's work, which features paul masvidal and sean reinheart, and also lots of atheist, if it's in the same vein as this album . . .

Thor
February 9th 2006


10201 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, this is their best album, so I would reccommend checking out if you're into death metal.

Apocalyptic Raids
February 27th 2006


810 Comments


Overrated, IMO.

Serapheus
March 23rd 2006


251 Comments


Wicked review for a very nice album, my second Death album after Symbolic.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
April 30th 2006


3775 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

After finally listening to all the Death albums, I can safely say that without a doubt Human is my favroute.

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