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Unquestionably one of the most important and influential death metal acts to have ever emerged from the North American continent, Florida's DEATH came together in late 1983 when guitarist/vocalist Chuck Schuldiner and guitarist Rick Rozz (real name: Frederick DeLillo) got together with drummer/vocalist Barney "Kam" Lee to form Mantas. Drawing musical inspiration from Venom and ... Read more in Amazon's Death Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shinigami
  • ASIN: B004M9XHFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is just a masterpiece, a non-stop, energetic, simple yet complex work of art.
Electro-Industrial madness
At least the songs can be HEARD, and having heard them, I know that this is a great album from one of the most important bands in the genre of death metal.
Barry Dejasu
The Good: Great guitar solos, jaw dropping bass work, tight technical drumming, Chuck's vocals are great.
Ren Hoek

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Klubeck on October 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Chuck Schuldiner will be dearly missed. After listening to his incredible work, I perpetually think about how saddened I am. It brings a tear to my eye to think that such a prolific, hard working soul was taken away from the world. It's a shame that life throws these obstacles at you. He is a true metal mastermind, and he will forever influence many musical generations. He has left a legacy behind, and no metal musician will be able to say that they have not been influenced by Mr. Schuldiner.
"Individual Thought Patterns" was a big step forward in the progressive direction for Death. Instead of head-on brutality, Chuck implemeneted sweet melodies and guitar harmonies, and he also offerred variations in speed to avoid monotony. The songs have elaborate structures but they don't sacrifice the sheer awesomeness of their sound.
Chuck also could not have recruited a better group of musicians to record this album. The line-up reads as a who's who of metal legends. On second guitar, we have Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), who is one hell of a shredder, but also holds great melody. The arpeggios on this album are utterly jaw-dropping, thanks to him and Chuck. Next, we have Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament), who is easily one of the best bassists in metal. He even plays a fretless bass! How awesome is that? Finally, there is Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Testament), who is arguably the king of thrash metal drumming. He just plain rules arse. Finally, Chuck's guitar playing and vocals are phenomenal. He and Andy dish out amazing solos, and his vocals are (I take pride in this description) downright evil.
If you like traditional Death, then this may not be for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reverend_Maynard on July 20, 2004
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Death play super advanced, technical metal which falls somewhere between the progressive and death metal subgenres but cant truly be said to belong to either. This album displays a collection of dense, tightly constructed songs which are remarkable in that there is a wealth of melody and accessible elements buried beneath the, admittedly daunting, abrasive exterior. Death's greatest strength seems to be their knack of introducing extremely melodic aspects to the complexity of polyrhythmic, dual guitar soaked, byzantine death metal song structures. For instance, the lead riff of 'Trapped in a corner' is catchy, yet jerky and twisting, designed to emphasise an inescapable situation. The song builds to an instrumental interlude, and climazes on a guitar solo which owes as much to thrash metal as early death (metal), yet wouldn't sound out of place in a Maiden song. To return to the records tight construction, it is worth noting the immacualte attention to detail and careful self editing present. None of the songs are particuarly long, a melodic idea never outstays its welcome, while the instrumental parts, as complex as they are, are intertwined beautifully to allow for the listener to unravel their delights over time. The playing is world class, and Chuck Schulinder's singing and lyrics exhibit more than enough competency to propel Death far above most fare of this kind. Focusing on particular songs is hard here, as each piece is so dense and intricate that only many repeated listens will really do them justice. I can say that they are certainly more accessible than anything on 'Human', also a great album, and that the guitar playing has advanced immeasurably.

'Individual thought patterns' is basically mandatory for fans of extreme metal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By coperalcrap on March 4, 2001
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Having dropped most of his former Band members ( again... ) Chuck's got an all new Band here, including Gene Hogan so if you expect drumming beyond belief on this album you're right. This Album doesn't compare to the rather agressive and brutal assault "Human" was but it's great nevertheless. The (sort of) straight song structures of "Human" are replaced by more progressive stuff, solo extravaganza and more melody. All of this works, since Chuck never forgets where a song has to end instead of stretching it to death ( hello Dream Theater ). All in all, this, along with "Human" is my favorite DEATH album, mixing techincal perfection with good songwriting. Their follow-up "Symbolic" didn't quite reach this in my book. Let's all pray for Chuck's recovery!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Into on June 13, 2000
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I don't like reviews that make claims like "This is the only album (of this genre) you'll ever need," but after listening to this album only a couple of times it is tempting to make the old "desert island claim," i.e. if you could only have one Death Metal album, you could make a case for this one...fast, precise playing, really good songwriting, classic DM vocals...what more could you need? And this album becomes even more amazing in contrast with the subsequent album, "The Sound of Perseverence," which is much different stylistically, going more for inventive riffing than just raw speed, but every bit as good. "The Sound of Perserverance was actually my first album by Chuck and company (I found it at a used CD store), and it caused me to pick up this and some earlier Death albums. I would like to thank the other reviewers that turned me on to these guys; and I would like to congratulate Chuck for daring not to produce the same album over and over again, yet not giving in to cheesy, gimmicky, experimetation.
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