Death
The Sound of Perseverance


3.0
good

Review

by askingalexandriasuck USER (7 Reviews)
September 4th, 2013 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The epitome of drawn out.

Death are a band that stood as a pillar of the death metal world throughout their career, releasing classic after classic. Scream Bloody Gore kick started the genre with its superbly aggressive sound, whilst works such as Human felt far more refined and slick. This is without mentioning the monolithic achievement that was Symbolic that captivated listeners across the board from the opening chord of the title track to the beautiful and prolonged outro to Perennial Quest. So where did it all go wrong for the band on what should have been Chuck's swansong entitled The Sound Of Perseverance?

To get right down to business, this album is certainly not lacking anything on the creative frontier. Many of these compositions are finely put together, from the guitar riffs on Scavenger Of Human Sorrow to the marvelous solo on Flesh And The Power It Holds. Chuck still showcases his fantastic ability to riff like no other at numerous points throughout this album. The latter of the two mentioned songs and Spirit Crusher are so unparalleled in majesty that they could easily be listed as two of the best songs the band had ever put out. The constant changes in sound on these two tracks show a lot of potential for this album that the band just falls massively short of.

The tracks are too drawn out and just drag on. Songs such as Bite The Pain feel needlessly long, whilst Scavenger just fails to go anywhere despite the powerful and rather intricate, technical guitar riffs. There are just not enough riffs and changes in drum patterns to spark such lengthu affairs and this is where the album primarily fails to pick up the mantle carried by the titanic album that was Symbolic. Another major factor in the failure is the vocal performance. Chuck's vocals had never been the strongest, ranging from average growl to abysmal shrieks that felt completely out of place. Here his screams are higher than ever and an annoying production job forces them right down your throat.

The Sound Of Perseverance is an album that occasionally matches and rarely eclipses the bands soaring past heights but for the most part this is mundane and uninspired.



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Hoppoman
September 4th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You are asking to be neg bombed my friend.

SoakedInTorment
September 4th 2013


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nahhhhh

evilford
September 4th 2013


22925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg'd

BigPleb
September 4th 2013


37585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You know fuck all about music pal.

evilford
September 4th 2013


22925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jk I pos'd cuz it's decently written

to a point, I agree on the "drawn out" point. and of course I agree with all the good things you say about Symbolic :D but this is WAY better than 3/5 imo.

JokineAugustus
September 4th 2013


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

2nd best death bro.

Digging: Cursed - I

CK
September 4th 2013


4946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Won't read ever

ViperAces
September 4th 2013


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

boring

JokineAugustus
September 4th 2013


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just a difference of opinion. SBG is worst, but still rules.

evilford
September 4th 2013


22925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is my least fav death too but it still is p sweet

ViperAces
September 4th 2013


12485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so skele?

JokineAugustus
September 4th 2013


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Very Very amusing

GiaNXGX
September 4th 2013


4867 Comments



to obliterate previously legitimate aims separate irrationally bestowed ends, just procede in order of idolatrous belonging.... self eliminate self to eliminate 'it', how close to you have they been? like ever the idol never existed, a carousel breaths in methy to spin dances of hollow awareness.

GiaNXGX
September 4th 2013


4867 Comments


i knowiknowi

MrElmo
September 4th 2013


1955 Comments


Skele right?

Smial
September 4th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ill only say this once


this. album. sucks.

mindleviticus
September 4th 2013


8326 Comments


this album sucks

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2013


18864 Comments


agreed

Digging: Bee Mask - When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

Arnaud
September 4th 2013


186 Comments


Didn't think I'd ever see a review of this with a rating below 4.5 on here

Millstone
September 4th 2013


367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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