Though it doesn't say that much, Individual Thought Patterns is altogether the least impressive of Death's Final Four. Once again, half the line-up was replaced, with only bassist Steve DiGiorgio and of course Schuldiner himself coming over from Human. The addition of guitarist Andy LaRocque and drummer Gene Hoglan brought in the new talent, both of them proving more than capable of handling the task. With another rock-solid ensemble at its core, Individual Thought Patterns became yet another essential piece in Death's quality discography.
Really solid, strong release and probably the most underrated of the final four-this is better than human for sure but not quite on the level of the last two. To be cliched, i have to say that The Philosipher is the best song on this album it it really isn't saying much as they are all rather strong.
About as close to perfection as it gets. Recommended tracks would be mentally blind or the philosopher but this album is brilliance from start to finish. Anyone who claims to be a death metal fan who has not yet heard this either needs to get right on it or they are not a death metal fan. This is amazing.
My favorite album from Death. Andy Laroque and Chick Schuldiner are a great combo, both with amazing solos and riffs. Steve digorgio is just unbelievable. Some of the best bass lines Ive ever heard. Gene hoglan also has very solid drum patterns, and very fast. Absolute metal classic
This is a classic and influential album that really blends the death metal and the technical sides of Death. There isn't one song that I can say is average on here, they are all high standard and keep you hooked throughout. If I had to pick standouts i would go for 'Overactive Imagination' and 'Destiny'.
The production is good, if a little quiet but that can be solved by the good old volume control
Schuldiners lyrics may be difficult to understand at times but they cover interesting subjects which wasn't the norm at the time for this genre.
The drumming is of course top notch, an example of why Gene Hoglan is so highly regarded. Its the right tempo when it needs to be and also delivers the goods on a technical level too.
The bass is audible which is always nice, it really gives the music an edge where a lot of other bands would have left it out.
The guitars are brilliant, every solo manages to fit and does not sound overcooked.
To summarize, this album should be owned by anyone into death metal and really anyone who enjoys music played at a high standard.