Review Summary: Yet another reason why Death's "Final Four" is probably the best stretch of death metal albums by one band in the genre's history.
Almost every band through the course of time changes up there sound. Death is no exception.
Death � Symbolic
Death, as you may or may not know, are the pioneers of the death metal genre. Every band that plays death metal music is influenced by them, so it�s safe to say that they are a fairly important band. Since their first full length album Scream Bloody Gore they had made a big impression on the metal world and helped pioneer the now famous Florida death metal scene. Their earlier material was all about brutality (as you can probably tell from the song titles), speed, and sheer aggression. While the songs are still heavy, the band has lightened up on the song subjects and slightly on the guitar riffing. Musically, the band has reached a higher level of technicality and musical proficiency. I will discuss all of this later on.
Death was on this album:
Chuck Schuldiner � Vocals, Guitar
Kelly Conlon � Bass
Bobby Koelble � Guitar
Gene Hoglan � Drums
Scream Bloody Gore, as I said earlier, was Death�s most, well, death metal release. Most of the songs were about carnage and what the band�s name is, death. Throughout the years and albums later, their song subjects have become more intellectual and don�t always focus on the barbaric subjects from years before. The band has instead decided to become a band about the music instead of the image, which is something that I greatly respect them for. All of their songs are chock full with technical yet still listenable riffs. A song that perfectly exemplifies this would be �Zero Tolerance�.
Gene Hoglan, in case you don�t know, is one of the fastest drummers ever. People don�t call him Gene �The Machine� for nothing. This album doesn�t show him at his best, but the album is still filled with some great beats and often technical fills that can�t help but impress most drummers out there. The other half of the rhythm section, Kelly Conlon, is hard to hear throughout the majority of the album�s nine tracks. It�s too bad that the band couldn�t have kept Steve DiGiorgio, seeing as how he is one of metal�s best bassists. Kelly still does a fine job and provides the band with a solid and constant groove.
The real highlight about Death would have to be Chuck�s guitar work. He is more than just a great riff writer, he is also great at pulling off very enjoyable and often difficult solos. Some of his greatest riffs can be found on �Symbolic�, �Zero Tolerance� and �1,000 Eyes�. There are types of guitar parts to please every type of metal fan. There are speedy riffs that sound like thrash metal, chugging riffs to please the death metal fans, and some other riffs that remind me a bit of black metal. Chuck�s guitar work is certainly the part about this album that makes it so enjoyable. His voice has also improved too and his lyrics are much easier to decipher.
I also love how the band keeps improving in their styles that by now you could potentially call them progressive metal. The album includes everything that any type of metal fan can latch onto and enjoy. It�s perfect for the progressive fans, the death heads, and everyone in between. I can�t get enough of this band.
Good day to you, Thor. I must say, reading a review of yours is like strolling through a morning forest, through the mist and dew of the coming sunlight. Nothing matters as you walk amongst nature, admiring the life around you, which seems to flourish with upmost serenity. Quietly you stoop to feel the ground beneath your feet before lifting your head to the blue skies, feeling the breath of life filling you. Contemplating those you love bring tears to your mind's eye, reminding you that existence is precious, its happiness fragile. Suddenly life is perfect, and nothing can stand between you and that peace, which you have suffered greatly to obtain - a tranquil sense of the world, in all its beauty, with all its spirit.
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Perhaps the feeling of cool grass beneth your feet or a brisk wind through your hair can recreate the comforting feeling that love is within your grasp, but only a sense of true unbecoming can burn away the pain you endure. A mountainside trembles before you, its texture soaked in reason. The streams below flow onward, never peering forth beyond the goal of solemnity. Existence be thy name, and the relaxing sensation of warm acceptance your next of kin.
Good review, anyway, Thor. I haven't listened to this in ages, but from what I remember I wasn't too impressed with it, and especially compared to other Death albums it really does lack something in my opinion. Nice work, anyway.
Ben, you're creeping me out.
I still have yet to digest this, but I've heard other Death tracks, as well as work by
Him first. The grand walrus himself, he is living proof that fat people make ungodly
musicians. He is nearly as big as his drumset, and is one of the single greatest
drummers I have ever heard. Truly spectacular
Chuck is a brilliant guitarist/songwriter. Not much more that I need to say there.
All together, Death ended way too early. Their music will stand the test of time as
of the greatest the world has ever seen.
Ergh, stupid format is screwed up. :mad:
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