Andy LaRocque, Chuck Schuldiner, Cynic, Death, Death Metal, Guitar, Human, Individual Thought Patterns, James Murphy, Leprosy, Possessed, Sadus, Scream Bloody Gore, Spiritual Healing, Symbolic, The Sound Of Perserverance
Which Is The Best Album By The Band DEATH? (Click to vote in the poll)
My favorite band of all-time is DEATH. Many metalheads share this sentiment, actually. There are very few people who out-and-out dislike the band. They were a major influence on the death metal community at every point in their evolution. From the primal beginnings of the early Mantas demos until the final piece of the ultra-progressive ‘The Sound Of Perserverance”, Chuck Schuldiner & co. were always leaders, not followers. It is hard to imagine what the band would’ve evolved into had Chuck not left this existence so early, but I would bet it would be continued sonic excellence.
Here is how I currently rank the albums. (Keep in mind that I love them all, and just because an album is ranked last here, I certainly don’t mean to say that it is lacking.)
7. “The Sound Of Perserverance” – Death’s last will and testament was a ride through progression that helped shape the sound of the genre for the decade and a half that has followed.
6. “Spiritual Healing” – The album that saw Chuck team up with another guitar legend James Murphy. The ultimate mix of the brutality that came before and the experimentation that followed.
5. “Individual Thought Patterns” – Taking what they did with ‘Human’ and moving forward with more melody, this time with Andy LaRocque as his second axeman.
4. “Leprosy” – A mean album that bridged the rawness of ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ with a more melody, in the most dastardly sense of the word.
3. “Scream Bloody Gore” – The album, that along with Possessed’s ‘Seven Churches’ that came before spawned death metal. Direct and vicious, with songs that have stoof the test of time.
2. “Symbolic” – The best of their later more progressive works, in my opinion. Great riff after great riff, and great song after great song. This album helped put Chuck into the pantheon of great metal guitarists.
1. “Human” – The album right in the middle of their discography. The ultimate transitional album. It contained the heaviness and even a LITTLE of the rawness of the earlier works, but pushed the band forward creatively with probably their best lineup of musicians (Sadus and Cynic fellas + Chuck = incapable of failure).
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