The Fragile Art Of Existence (Reissue)

October 26, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Relapse Records Inc.
  • Total Length: 1:42:36
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  • ASIN: B004BNFD4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,695 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

As for this album, real good stuff.
Mark R. Guglielmo
Tim's vocals are beutiful, chuck does excellent guitars, and the overall sound is great.
Greg Matus
All in all, any fan of Death or any power metal group will enjoy this album.
"ossyl"

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on February 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Fragile Art of Existence is renowned Death guitarist/singer Chuck Shuldiner's swan song to his fans before he lost his two-year battle against cancer in the end of 2001. Interestingly, Chuck was in the process of composing/recording his follow-up to this album, but unfortunately nothing has come of it. Control Denied was his side project which he had put together in order to concentrate more on his guitar playing and unique songwriting. Chuck does not do his trademarked death vocals on this one. Enter Tim Aymar (Psycho Scream, Pharaoh) with traditional Heavy Metal-like vocals that are often compared to the likes of Rob Halford, Warrel Dane and Bruce Dickinson. While I don't hear the Dickinson influence, I tend to agree with the Halford/Dane comparisons to an extent, as Tim Aymar belts out some scary high screams like Halford and possesses a similar delivery to Dane. You need to check out his band Pharaoh if you want to hear more of that. This album was originally intended to have Nevermore singer Warrel Dane on vocals, but things didn't work out and Tim Aymar got the gig. I love Warrel Dane's vocals to no end, but Tim Aymar really gives this album its final touch as a killer frontman.

Shannon Hamm shares the guitar duties with Chuck, often playing cutting thrash-based riffs that sharply contrast Chuck's ethereal and textural playing which often spiral into crushing metal riffage during the solos and mid-sections of the tunes. Both guitarists interlock thrashy riffs alongside some curious tremelo picking and even add some plucked acoustic guitars ("When the Link Becomes Missing") which are later embraced by a forceful, melodic metal drive. The solo in this song is possibly my favourite on the album together with Chuck's textural playing in the closing track.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With this record, Chuck takes Death's sound one step further by extending it to Control Denied. The album is a compelling mix of speed, power, and musical brilliance from Chuck and the rest of the band. The sound reminds me a little of old Fates Warning ('Night on Brocken' or 'The Spectre Within') sound, but better and much more brutal. This album just proves that Chuck Schuldiner is a musical genius who deserves more credit from people other than Death fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Peltier on January 19, 2000
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Existence is purely a state of being. Turning the state of being into an art form is very tricky business. This especially rings true in the musical sense with all the limitations of genre and the expectations of fans and record labels. A very fragile existence it becomes for a musician. After having redefined the genre of thrash and laying the groundwork for death metal with his first legendary band, Death, Chuck Schuldiner returns to a more traditional metal style with his new ensemble Control Denied to prove he is doing ever so more than just existing musically. The music may have overtones of more melodic thrash or progressive metal but the overall tone is unmistakable Schuldiner's. A virtuoso guitarist, accomplished writer and arranger and a skilled producer Schuldiner brings to the table with Control Denied years of experience writing aggressive music. His natural ability to translate angst into complex musical arrangements that explore a multitude of sounds while remaining * The tight musicianship and progressive song writing of Control Denied is a mark of the excellence carried over from previous efforts by Death. Recruiting Tim Aymar for the vocal duties actually presents the biggest difference between the former incarnation of the Death sound and the new direction of Control Denied. The semi-operatic shrieks of Aymar are a far cry from the gut wrenching growls in Death and at times have a very European power metal influence. For Schuldiner, the Fragile Art of Existence represents a welcome musical change for him, allowing him to expand on melodic ideas and concepts that could only be touched on for breif moments in death metal.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Control Denied is really Death with Tim Aymar singing instead of Chuck. Chuck Schuldiner wrote all the songs. This CD features Shannon Hamm (guitar) and Richard Christy (drums); they played on the Sound of Perseverance. Steve DiGiorgio (Individual Thought Patterns) takes care of the bass duties. The music is very melodic, you'd expect nothing less from Chuck. The riffs are less complex when compared to the Death albums because the vocals have to be accomadated. Aymar actually sings, sounds like old Testament. The guitar sound could have been a little thicker on this album. The bass drums, in my opinion, should have been louder. Other than that this album is perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ACV on February 25, 2004
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This is the ultimate opus from Chuck Schuldiner before his too early death in 2001 (december 13th). It is also one of his greatest ones. Not the best? How could you answer such a question concerning this authentic genius : all his albums are pure masterpieces, each different from the previous and from the next : here is his last contribution to his experiments in music : he doesn't sing anymore and leaves the vocals to an honest singer (Tim Aymar) who can realize what Chuck couldn't due to his vocal registry : the songs are clear, not any shout : just a VOICE singing! It changes but it is largly positive : the music of Chuck Shuldiner can at last deliver its own beauty (it was actually the case before, but required a serious listening, not an "ambiant" one)thanks to a singer who can show almost immediately the depth and emotion of the notes Chuck Shuldiner created. Worse is consequently his death for he had just begun to tread new paths for a wider audience...
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