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Individual Thought Patterns

DeathAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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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 (June 30, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003BX3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overactive Imagination
2. In Human Form
3. Jealousy
4. Trapped In A Corner
5. Nothing Is Everything
6. Mentally Blind
7. Individual Thought Patterns
8. Destiny
9. Out Of Touch
10. The Philosopher

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death metal at its finest. One of the best ever! October 8, 2002
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck's crowning achievement 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This along with Leprosy is my favorite Death album. While those two albums are as different from each other as one can imagine, they represent a band that was always transforming and moving ahead.

What 'Individual Thought Patterns' represents is a success on the part of Chuck Schuldiner's song writing. He was now a seasoned musician. Whereas in the Leprosy era ('88) he had grand visions but couldn't actualize them, during this era he had finally penned his song writing skills. This album also brings together a band of ecclectic musicians, Andy La Rocque (of King Diamond fame) and Gean Hoglan (of various L.A. Thrash bands no one will remember except for Dark Angel) and Steve Digiorgio (ex-Sadus, Autopsy).

The guitars are good, at first they sound kinda weird together (La Rocque's 'neoclassical' style is a little bit of an acquired taste). But the riffs are as endless as they are interesting. The drum work is pretty good for Gene Hoglan, the Dark Angel drummer who I thought was highly overrated back in the day ('86) -from a drummers prospective of course. It is in fact I believe Hoglan's best drumming performance. The fills are interesting, the tom-rolls always different, the double-bass quads and triplets, the ride 2/3-4/6 beats, and the disappearing/reappearing crashes. Steve Digiorgio uses his bass to hold the beat and then some! He uses his bass like a bass and a guitar at the same time always playing on time or just slightly slower to give the music a kind of inverted feel. This is probably DiGiorgio's best work (unless you've seen him play live.) But then again, that's probably debateable. The bass is my favorite instrument on the album.

As previous reviewers have alluded to, they compare this to death/jazz or simply to Jazz song writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album.
Published 13 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Freddy Castro
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 2cd set
this is still extremely technical death metal but just past must have in the death library but this you should have the cd sound great and the extra disc is well worth the money... Read more
Published 1 month ago by john F'n doe
5.0 out of 5 stars A death metal masterpiece
This is my personal favorite death album. It's drenched in atmosphere and is as brutal as ever. The lineup is impressive featuring Andy LaRoque and Gene Hoglan. Read more
Published 2 months ago by soundstudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Does metal get sound old?
This is an old album but it doesn;t sound old or lame.
I can't give 5 stars because melody is low
Published 8 months ago by hanah
5.0 out of 5 stars Death's best album
My personal favorite Death album. The additions of Gene Hoglan and Andy LaRocque to the band made for the perfect line-up to compliment Chuck Schuldiner and Steve DiGiorgio. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keshin Aku
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class
The remastered album sounds great after all these years in fact it sounds better than ever its also one of my favorite death metal albums.
Published 14 months ago by D. sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best!
This work considered by many the best death metal nowadays considered technical death metal, by the execution of low guitars and percussions.
Published 14 months ago by nieguill calona
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I had The Sound of Perseverance before this album. I was expecting that they almost sounded the same but I was disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Earl Brian M. Acosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Death reissue
Continuing the Death reissue series, this reissue of 'Individual Thought Patterns' does not dissapoint in the least. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by That Metal Guy
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