Death
Individual Thought Patterns


4.5
superb

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
May 26th, 2006 | 94 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Steve DiGiorgio's dominant bass performance is worth the listen alone. The only Death album that can compete with Human for dominance.

If you aren't aware of this by now, I'm a huge fan of the band Death. I got this album a long time ago along with three of their other releases, but have only started to listen to it now. Enter my latest review that is...

Death - Individual Thought Patterns

In short, Death are the creators and fathers of the death metal genre. Every band in that genre can be traced back to them and they have certainly left a massive mark on the entire rock genre. Chuck Schuldiner is a masterful composer of brutal songs, yet still maintaining their melodic side with great soloing and harmonized riffs. While the band has never really had a true lineup, the group has always been accompanied by tremendous musicians from bands such as: Death Angel, King Diamond, Testament, Cynic, and many more. This album was released in 1993 and showed that the band was certainly heading in a different direction from what they had originally been like back in the 80s with their album Scream Bloody Gore.

Death on this album was:
Chuck Schuldiner - Guitar and Vocals
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass
Gene Hoglan - Drums
Andy LaRocque - Guitar

If you are familiar with death metal musicians you'd come to realize that these are some of the genre's best. Chuck is always capable of writing incredible and intricate riffs along with amazing vocal work. Steve DiGiorgio's bass lines will always dominate a mix with his trademark fretless bass grooves. And what can be said about Gene Hoglan that hasn't already be said? The man is a machine, period. While Andy LaRocque is overshadowed by the rest of the band, he still joins in nicely and lays down some great riffs and solos, too.

What was good about the album:
-- If you're a fan of technical music, look no further than Death. Their songs are always filled to the brim with musically complicated riffs, drum parts, bass grooves, and much more. The band is also constantly changing up time and key signatures throughout which will appeal to the jazz and progressive fans out there.

-- Every member of the band gets an equal share in the spotlight. While Chuck is the leader of the band, he still gives the other members plenty of time to be heard and show off their obvious talents. Gene Hoglan is always blasting away with his tremendous speed and amazing chops. Steve DiGiorgio is constantly throwing you some unique and unexpected bass lines that sound like no other death metal band I've ever heard. Andy LaRocque also will occasionally play out with a great solo or two.

-- The album is very consistent and doesn't really have any filler tracks. From start to finish I found myself really enjoying the entire thing and not really finding a place that I thoroughly didn't like.

-- The group has changed their sound for the better. Since their earlier days with Scream Bloody Gore their sound was a lot more simplistic. While the songs were still good, they aren't nearly as enjoyable as Death's later works. I'm much more into their technical metal songs than their primitive and brutal material.

-- The lyrics aren't just your standard off-the-mill death metal subjects. Chuck Schuldiner actually writes about stuff that can apply to real life situations. He also writes about things that people can adapt to, myself included. I'm glad their songs are not just about brutality and carnage. While that's good sometimes, it just wouldn't work with this sound.

What was bad about the album:
-- I can't say that I'm big on the production style that this album has. The guitar tone is a little annoying at times and could have been improved so that it didn't sound nearly as muddy. The bass, while having some great lines, is occasionally turned up too much (like in the last song, The Philosopher). The fretless bass sound also doesn't help when it's turned up so much, because it just sounds goofy and out of place.

-- Chuck's vocals are not at his peak yet. In 1998 when Death released their final album, The Sound of Perseverance, his vocals were top notch. They were clear, powerful, and unique. Since this album was five years before that, his style had not yet fully been perfected. His lyrics are occasionally hard to understand due to the sloppy vocals which would probably annoy some listeners. Not that big of a deal, but it's still noticeable.

Highlights:
Overactive Imagination
Trapped in a Corner
Destiny
The Philosopher

Pros:
-- High level of technicality and musicianship
-- This album has the best Death lineup of all time
-- Unique guitar riffs and great solos
-- A very powerful rhythm section
-- No filler songs
-- The lyrics aren't just about gore

Cons:
-- Strange production quality, occasional problems with mixing
-- Chuck Schuldiner's vocals are occasionally off

Final Rating: 4.5/5 -- A truly superb album! You should check this out no matter what type of music you're into.



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Shadows
Moderator
May 26th 2006


2530 Comments


I like this, but out of the late Death albums, none can come close to Symbolic.

Not to be mean or anything, but your reviews are becoming incredibly formulaic.

Thor
May 26th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know that they're become rather formulaic...I've been using this format for month's now. It's just a really easy way for me to talk about the album.
I like Symbolic too, but The Sound of Perserverance still reigns supreme in the Death legacy. That album is just so perfect.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 26th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the album, but yeah, I'm not big on Chuck's vocals on this album. In all honesty I'm not big on them in general, but still, Schuldiner+Hoglan+DiGiorgio = Win

MIKE666
May 26th 2006


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THE DRUMS ARE SO KILLER DUDES. LOVE DEATH!!!!! ROCK ON!!!

Dethtrasher
May 27th 2006


2211 Comments


Great review, I guess I have to find this album.

Bazarov
May 27th 2006


55 Comments


Good review. I don't have this album yet, I need it though.

Aren't Possessed the creators of death metal though?

Thor
May 27th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well Death are one of the three bands that started the Death Metal genre. The other two groups are Possessed and Death Angel.

Thor
June 4th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They're very good, but I thought that Richard Christy's work on The Sound of Perseverance was even better.

Shred Danson
June 8th 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not too big a fan of the drumming on Sound of Perseverance, but it's still great.

I love this CD, one of my favorite Death CD's (besides Leprosy and Human). I'm blasting it right now :cool:

Has anyone noticed how one of the solos to "Jealousy" sounds similar to the solo in "A Moment of Clarity"?This Message Edited On 06.08.06This Message Edited On 06.08.06

Thuathail
June 12th 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What makes this album excellent for me is the bass; both its mixing and composition. That's the way bass should stand in metal: high volume and unique.

Stoic
June 13th 2006


161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ITP along Human are the epitome of tech death. Incredible album, my favourite song is Nothing is Everything. ITP has tinges of what's to come next and it's certainly the perfect link between middle era and late era. I agree what you said about the vocals, which evolve from one album to another but I disagree about the bass. It stands right where it deserves in the mix.

Thor
June 13th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I raised my rating. I've gotten used to the production style a bit more and now I realize that album truly is a superb release.

secretface
June 13th 2006


8 Comments


what the hell are you talking about? Death Angel has nothing to do with death metal at all, if you listen to them you will know they are totally thrash. Death never had any members from Death Angel either, Gene Hoglan is formerly of Dark Angel, and theyre a thrash band too!

PS- you need to give Andy more credit. He is so fucking amazing, everyone needs to pick up Conspiracy by King Diamond.

Thor
September 13th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is now my favorite Death album.

Thor
September 13th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Chuck Schuldiner, singer and guitarist for this band. He straight up owns everyone else in death metal.

loathed
September 16th 2006


174 Comments


He looks like such a great guy in your avatar though...

RIP

ChrisAdlerisGod
September 28th 2006


474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is sweet stuff. The production is really good and all the members play thier instrument extremely well. Plus, any album with Gene Hoglan on it is gonna be Godly. I recommend this to any fan of metal.

FR33L0RD
December 22nd 2006


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome Review
=================
"The group has changed their sound for the better."
Indeed

Incredibly Technically Musically Superb Album

Question:
What are the other very good DeathMetal bands out there,
Musically good like Death?
This Message Edited On 12.21.06

FR33L0RD
December 22nd 2006


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tanks Mudvaynian

Atica
January 2nd 2007


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

An amazing album, great solos. and great review dude.



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