Death
Live in L.A.: Death & Raw


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
August 17th, 2006 | 32 replies | 12,922 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Death...the band that started it all. Without them releasing their very influential album Scream Bloody Gore back in the 80's I wouldn't be listening to the bands that I currently enjoy. They helped pioneer the death metal scene, but were always something special and different from the rest. Was it their knack for progressing in songwriting? Their all-star lineups? Their lyrical concepts that were beyong simple violence? It's actually all of these, and that's why Death remains to be one, if not the best band ever to grace the genre. While they strayed away from death metal in the latter part of their lifetime, they certainly helped the genre get going. Now after over a decade of releasing albums and impressing the world, these guys have given the world a taste of what it's really like to see Death in action live. This album was released after all of their albums had come out and really close to Chuck Schuldiner's tragic death in 2001. But still, this album remains to be another landmark in the band's discography.

When I first looked at this album, I checked the setlist. Oh yeah, it's no less than amazing. All of their best material is on here and the set flows so easily. The other good news is that Death barely even play any songs off of Leprosy or any on Spiritual Healing, which I deem to be their worst albums. The entire set is filled with their newer material, which had the best songwriting by far, not to mention incredible musicianship. While the current line up on this album wasn't their best (which I think it to be the line up on Individual Thought Patterns), these guys still belt out all of the solos and technical riffs that are needed and barely ever mess up.

The music is simply amazing throughout. Chuck Schuldiner and Shannon Hamm's interlocking guitar playing is practically flawless throughout all thirteen tracks. You can tell really well on tracks like Trapped in a Corner and Flesh and the Power It Holds where the two of them exchange great melodic leads that just flow oh-so well. It's incredibly fun to listen to and it's even more amazing knowing that these guys can do it so well live every time. Not only are the melodic leads great, but so are the hyperspeed riffing that the band knows how to do time and time again. Some great instances of this could be the incredible chugging in Scavenger of Human Sorrow or the ape*** tremolo picking in Symbolic. And last but not least, the solos. Death certainly does plenty of them, and they're all the shredding you'd ever need from a band like this. They accent the songs greatly and give the two guitarists another chance to show off how talented they are.

Behind these two virtuoso musicians we have the rhythm section. While the bass isn't heard all too well and doesn't get too much time to shine out, Scott Clendenin does what is needed for the band and occasionally lays down some really cool bass lines, like in Scavenger of Human Sorrow and Spirit Crusher. The drums, however, might be the most amazing thing out of this entire concert. Richard Christy is one of the craziest technical metal drummers I've ever come across, and it certainly shows on this album. The whole time it sounds like a barrage of ever changing beats, and it really sounds chaotic. But he knows what he's doing the entire time, and that's what so incredible about it. All drummers who are into really technical playing should look to this album as a prime example of great playing. I can't really point out highlights for the drumming, as every song is amazing. Chuck's vocals are also spot on the entire time. There isn't much to say about them except that they are great for the concert and he doesn't ever really miss a note.

The setlist for this concert flows very nicely and is easy for a fan of the band to listen to it time and time again. Death changes up album selection frequently so you don't ever get bored with the set, which is certainly a plus. There are, however, a few problems about this release. The band speeds up all of their songs on this album. While that is really impressive that a band can do that, it's just too much at times. When your songs are that technical, speeding it up a whole lot can make the tracks sound really chaotic and often just plain weird. A prime example of this would be Spirit Crusher. While that is one of my favorite Death songs, this performance of it brings it down a few notches. The hyper-speeds of this show make it sound just plain off and make me want to skip it, even though it's a great song. If they played some of their songs closer to the original tempo it would have been a little bit better. This also happens on most of their material off of The Sound of Perserverance, but the rest of concert does just fine with the super speeds of the concert.

In conclusion: This is a solid live album, and certainly should be in your collection if you're a fan of the band or just plain death metal. It's got plenty of amazing instrumentation and a great setlist for fans of the band.

Thor gives this album a 4/5, which is strongly recommended.

Suggested listening:
The Philosopher
Symbolic
Pull The Plug



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davybum69
August 18th 2006



161 Comments


I love Death

south_of_heaven 11
August 18th 2006



5433 Comments


Ah, good reivew. I already read it once earlier, but my comment was deleted and stuff.
/pos'd...again

Killtacular
August 19th 2006



1314 Comments


Great stuff. It's good to hear the older stuff with Chuck's final vocal refinement.

Off-topic: I met some random guy in McDonald's who was friends with Chuck before he died. He moved here from Florida. I nearly creamed myself.

heavy metal kid
August 19th 2006



174 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have the DVD of this album and it's awesome, God I wish Chuck was still alive so I could go to a Death concert.

Thor
August 19th 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, I would have too, Killtacular. :thumb:

I trust everything on here is fixed now?

Apocalyptic Raids
August 19th 2006



810 Comments


poor album

nice review though

Thor
August 19th 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's poor about it?

Thor
August 20th 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, you do. Their newer material is better than their old stuff, and it's far more technical.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 22nd 2006



810 Comments


What\'s poor about it?

The sound and setlist for starters.This Message Edited On 08.22.06

Thor
August 22nd 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The production is a little sloppy, but the setlist rocks! They played all of their stuff from more recent albums, and those were so much better than their older ones. And the good songs from the older albums were covered, so I didn't have a problem with it at all.

What songs did you want them to play?

eug008
September 21st 2006



97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn good setlist, shame its a bit sloppy at times (The Philosopher intro etc.)

Thor
September 21st 2006



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's just as good. This CD is just more intense than their studio albums because there's no click tracks. It's just pure adrenaline.

chimera908
May 20th 2007



713 Comments


The reason why the production sucks was this was a sound board recording of the concert and not done with stellar equiptment because the concert was never supposed to be released as a CD. It only was too help Chuck pay for his cancer treatments. It's really sad Chuck might have lived if he could of gotten his surgeriess and stuff earlier than he was able to. At least thats what I've heard. Just thought I would drop my 2 cents.

RIP Chuck Schuldiner; The Voice Of The SoulThis Message Edited On 05.20.07

Lunarfall
July 8th 2008



3179 Comments


Chuck's voice in the chorus of Spirit Crusher in Live in LA has the power to tear souls apart, it sends chills down my spine every time.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2009



17204 Comments


just saw the DVD. good shit.

KILL
May 7th 2009



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is one awesome dvd!

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SephirothBlade
November 16th 2009



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love zero tolerance on this one, love the way he perfoms it live

Donchivo
November 25th 2009



407 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album but "Evil Dead" is missing for sure!!!

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KILL
November 25th 2009



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YEA MAN

KILL
August 7th 2010



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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