Death
Individual Thought Patterns


3.5
great

Review

by therealkerryking USER (4 Reviews)
October 16th, 2012 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overrated but still tough

It was nice to see Death step their game up and truly tap into their full potential on Human. Sure, Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy had been powerful enough in their own right, but Spiritual Healing was undeniably a poor release, plagued by the fact Chuck Schulinder's vocals had a weird effect found across the release that made his voice feel really out of place. So, from Human, the band, it seems, decided that regression was the best step in evolution.

This was Death's first full trip into the progressive foray hinted at in Human, and was made a little more famous from Beavis and Butthead mocking the video produced for The Philosipher and Chuck's vocals on that particular song. However, they really did manage to single out one of the things that degrades this album a little. Chuck had, by this point, lost the low growl he had on the earlier releases, which was already changing a little on Human. Instead, what we have hear is a higher pitched snarl, that does not feel at home, and makes for one awkward, disjointed listen.

Another point that needs to be brought up is the bass work. The point of making the bass audible is that it adds something to the songs themselves instead of just slotting in and merely following the guitars, but throughout this release, although the bass is audible, it does nothing to deviate from the written course of action. This truly is a shame as well, for The Sound Of Perseverance and Symbolic would both show exactly what can be done with bass work.

The songs themselves are, for the most part, above average undeniably. The Philosipher has a gorgeous solo to it, Out Of Touch has the brutal riffs, but with more of a progressive tint to them, Mentally Blind, despite its ***ty title, manages to combine progressive music with the heavy side that Death are known for. The only real weak songs are Trapped In A Corner and Destiny, both of which have lyrics that are laughable and music that does nothing to turn them into anything other than a snooze fest.

This is a good enough release, but not anywhere near on the level of what should be expected from the poster child of death metal. For one, this is not a death metal release at all, as album opener Overactive Imagination should display to any listener with a degree of competance. However, despite this, this is still a ***ing kick ass progressive metal release that deserves a small degree of respect, but nowhere near the ass kissing it gets.


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KILL
October 16th 2012


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

usuk

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

DeadBeat
October 16th 2012


529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spiritual Healing rules

evilford
October 16th 2012


22570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ hard

Digging: Thormenthor - Abstract Divinity

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2012


18483 Comments


this is probably my least favorite death release

Digging: Recondite - Caldera/DRGN 2

ChopSuey
October 16th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shut up

DABS
October 16th 2012


46 Comments


fucking awesome shit

DABS
October 16th 2012


46 Comments


the philosopher rules hard live

Geadom
October 16th 2012


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Overrated? This is the second most underrated Death album, (and one of the best)

ViperAces
October 16th 2012


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isnt that different from Human.
Still need to rev.

evilford
October 16th 2012


22570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ geadom agreed

most underrated is Spiritual Healing

Geadom
October 16th 2012


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Evilford knows whats up.

IDK where people get the idea this record is any sort of average? It┬┤s because the production? Get the 2011 official remaster and remix and get yourself into the most beautiful dm record ever.

ViperAces
October 16th 2012


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No the production is amazing.

Geadom
October 16th 2012


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

" although the bass is audible, it does nothing to deviate from the written course of action. This truly is a shame as well, for The Sound Of Perseverance and Symbolic would both show exactly what can be done with bass work."

Bwahahahaha

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012


14363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my second favourite Death release, if anything it's underrated.

Digging: We Will Fail - Verst÷rung

ViperAces
October 16th 2012


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh my god Jac start 5ing this shit
!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012


14363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...d-do you wanna start this again?

ViperAces
October 16th 2012


12430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha you suit your avatar perfectly.

Geadom
October 16th 2012


2812 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ford / Viper: Have you heard Sarcofafo┬┤s "The Laws of Scourge"? Is like a tamer version of Human

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012


14363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, Fluttertrank take notes.

evilford
October 16th 2012


22570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Geadom, that is on my incredibly large list of stuff to check out, yea



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