Death
Individual Thought Patterns


5.0
classic

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
November 12th, 2012 | 214 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You have to be mentally deaf not to like it.

THE STORY OF DEATH, EPISODE V/VII - INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS:

In contrast to Death's former album, Individual Thought Patters doesn't suffer from lack of comparison - the exact opposite, Individual Thought Patterns suffers from excess of comparison. Its unfortunate position in Death's discography - between the incredible Human and the legendary Symbolic - make it seems much inferior. While I do in fact think that the album is not as good as the ones surrounding it, I still insist that it is one of the greatest Death Metal albums of all time. The album continues with much the same spirit of Human, but contains hints of more technical Symbolic nuances.

Much like the former Human, Individual Thought Patterns contains only short songs, none even reaching the five minute mark. This by no means makes the album seem incomplete, though, because of the many tempo breaks and interesting structures being used by Chuck Schuldiner. Thus, the entire album emerges as a never-ending riff fest, as there are barely even any gaps between the songs themselves.
While working out to this album, sleeping to this album or maybe just listening without fully paying attention, it's hard to even notice when the track changes. Both the combinations between the title track and Destiny, and In Human Form and Jealousy showcase this perfectly, as each pair merges to become a seven minute-long thrashing epics.
Another musical element being strongly used in Individual Thought Patterns is the extreme melodic emphasis. Chuck's brilliantly writes amazing duo-parts for him and Andy LaRocque, and of course Steve DiGiorgio amazing bass work doesn't hurt. Nothing Is Everything's chorus and Overactive Imagination's intro are probably few of the most melodic riffs Chuck had ever written.
In other songs, like Mentally Blind and Out Of Touch, Death prove again that keyboard in Death Metal can do wonders if played right. This increases the album epic levels to extreme extents.

Like many other Death work, Individual Thought Patterns is written and played masterfully, when Schuldiner once again writes all of the music and lyrics for the album.
Steve DiGiorgio, who also played the bass in Human, never fails to show why he is one of the greatest bassists of all time, and why Steve is a great name for a Metal bassist. He uses his bass more like as if it was a guitar, and thanks to the amazing production the bass sounds as clear as ever.
Gene Hoglan is also an important part of the personnel, as he is one of the greatest active Metal drummers there are, and he is a worthy contender to Human's Sean Reinert. He plays masterfully in this album, but he would shine even more on the next one, Symbolic.
The band's instrumental performance reaches its absolute peak at the very end of the album. The Philosopher is widely considered to be Death's greatest song, and despite that may not be in fact true, it is an unbelievably good track. With probably the closest thing here to a traditional structure, it's pretty obvious why this track is the fans favorite, but the track reaches its best part right around the end, where Chuck and Steve abuse their instruments and create one the most technical trade-offs you would ever hear.

Never mind the masterpieces that are Human and Symbolic, Individual Thought Patterns is an outstanding record, and it is not very far from Death's best. If you have only heard Symbolic and Human, consider this your next buy. If you haven’t heard any Death, though, focus on Death's next studio album, Symbolic.

Recommended Tracks:
- The Philosopher
- Overactive Imagination
- Trapped In A Corner

Individual Thought Patterns was released in June 15, 1993. The record label is Relativity and it is 38:46 minutes long.

Personnel:

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.
Chuck Schuldiner - Guitar, Vocals, Producer
Andy LaRocque - Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio - Fretless Bass
Gene Hoglan - Drums, Guitars on "The Exorcist"

Production:
Produced by Chuck Schuldiner and Scott Burns
Alan Douches - Remix

R.I.P CHUCK



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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


21109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album.

Good review, pos'd.

ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks.
Il try spacing it out a bit - but I dont wanna make it look too long.

ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FROM THE MENTALLY BLIND!
COMES IDEAS WHICH ARE POISON!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules auto pos

Digging: Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


Neat review, pos'd. But it seems more like a fair 4.5 the way you speak of it. OK so, Symbolic>Human>this? Is that your opinion vice?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Symbolic > This > Human > TSoP for me.

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


Hmm i see.

I've been pretty hot on this album, if it only had death growls instead of what it has.. srsly, it would be a whole different story

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


All i see is Douches haha

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you dissing Chuck's vocals?

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


No man, i wouldn't do that. They're actually pretty unique, just no my cup of tea.. I think its a love/hate thing, cus it actually fits the mix perfectly, im just not that used and i normally dont like 90's thrash vox. Still, these sound weirdly good.. I just wish i could listen to this with death growls ya know. Cuz damn this album is fucking GOOD

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I reckon it's better that his vox are unique instead of him trying to just be a Lord Worm clone. Just give it time, they'll grow on you, most Death albums are growers anyway.

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


Oh yeah it seems so. Fuck me this album is so catchy. Totally worth it listening to KILL once in your life hahaha

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


Dem riffs, so good

ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Symbolic > Human > this
but hell no chuck has the best vocals of all Death metal

TheMoreira
November 12th 2012


7182 Comments


Well im used to listen to Deathcore and modern Death Metal in which everyone is a cookie monsta. Hey i know im gonna get my ass kicked for this but wtv, Mentally Blind has this awesome "breakdown" by 2:30, goddamn fits the song so damn well

ProfessorVeerappan
November 12th 2012


792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its a mad fucking album i am getting into massive death
with the other half liking it more than me suddenly
Destiny indeed


ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea though i dont have much cred i dont listen to death metal that much. and no deathcore at all.

ViperAces
November 12th 2012


12481 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also 'breakdown' haha what?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2012


14823 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love how the word "breakdown" has pretty much become blasphemous, even though a tonne of non-core bands use them.



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