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Combining their old sound with a fresh & more progressive sound, Death are stronger than ever. Features the last work of Chuch Schuldiner. Nine tracks, including an amazing cover of Judas Priest's 'Painkiller'. Nuclear Blast. 2005.

1. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
2. Bite The Pain
3. Spirit Crusher
4. Story To Tell
5. Flesh And The Power It Holds
6. Voice Of The Soul
7. To Forgive Is To Suffer
8. A Moment Of Clarity
9. Painkiller

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00000C2IF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Anyway one of the best metal albums ever.
Max Daniel Sage
"The Sound Of Perseverance" is a brutal, heavy, but yet subtle and beautiful metal album.
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Chuck Schuldiner was an amazing guitarist.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on November 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Death was one of the pioneering extreme metal bands, and one of the best in the genre by far. Every album they made was a distinct progression from the last, and they only got better and better. This, their final album, was the culmination of Chuck Schuldiner's creative genius, and perhaps the finest of their catalogue.

"The Sound of Perseverance" is progressive metal done right. The songs are complex, unpredictable, and always interesting, but the "progginess" never detracts from the "metalness" (Dream Theater should have taken some lessons from these guys when they tried to make a "classic metal" album with "Train of Thought"). The guitar riffs are brutal and uncompromising, but very sophisticated. And they strike a perfect balance between the driving metal riffs and insane complexity. It's not like Dillinger Escape Plan or Theory in Practice, where the riff changes every two seconds, and you can barely follow what's going on (not that there's anything wrong with that ;). Chuck Schuldiner and Shannon Hamm are a brilliant guitar duo. Both have incredible chops, and they know exactly what to do with them. And, their playing is very melodic as well as heavy. This is a very heavy album, but it's also a very melodic album. Oh, and the drumming. Richard Christy's drumming on this album is fast, stylish, relentless, and just plain awesome. People keep comparing him to Gene Hoglan, as Rich was his successor, but they have very different styles, and have both contributed something really amazing to Death's sound, just in different ways. So, I think it's best not to compare them too much. I'll just say that anyone filling Gene's shoes has their work cut out for them, but Rich did a damn fine job.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is metal the way it was meant to be: fast, melodic, complicated, angry, and ultra-heavy. The musicianship on this album is even better than on their last few albums -- something which I would have thought impossible had I not heard it with my own ears. Not only that, but these songs are some of the most catchy that Chuck has written, and that's saying a lot. Chuck's voice sounds great too -- if you're into death metal vocals -- and the lyrics are intelligent and unique (and, like someone has already written below, not satanic/blasphemous, which for me is a plus). Death is definitely NOT your run-of-the-mill death metal band. These guys stand alone at the top of the mountain. I really wish that they'd get recognition on a much larger scale. They deserve it for (1) being brilliant, and (2) having the guts to play awesome music like this in a world where most people are much too stupid and/or closed-minded to at least give stuff like this a chance. If you don't buy this album NOW, then you're really missing out!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on October 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If a band must go, it is good that their last album is their best one (ya know, end on a high note). This is definitely Chuck Shuldiner's best writing, and this is the best band to ever comprise Death. Surprisingly, there are no "big names" here like Steve DiGiorgio or Gene Hoglan. Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, and Richard Christy (Gene who?) slaughter on this disc. What makes them so impressive? Unlike the heavy, atomistic rigidity of most death metal bands, Death's musicians flow over each other with an organic single-mindedness that makes their sound that much more impressive. I am a Richard Christy fan, and he is awesome here: scattering cymbals across polyrythmic double-bass battery and plowing through odd-times and tempo shifts with ease.
The music is generally the band's most technical and brutal. Complex, unusual melodies and odd-time signatures galore, high-speed meter changes. Yet despite the album's meticulous complexity, it is still extremely metal. Fast, pummeling, choppy riffs, and some of the most brilliantly predatory guitar harmonies ever penned. At the risk of scaring some people away, I must say that this is what prog metal _should_ sound like: highly melodic and complex but still brutal & heavy. And of course, no synths. The problem with the usual prog metal bands is that their "prog factor" makes them end up sounding cheesy and not metal/brutal enough. I would not call this prog metal of course, but it has certain musical similarities (take prog metal, keep the good parts, toss the bad parts, and kick it up ten notches and you are moving towards this).
All of the songs are great. The opener "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" sets the standard high immediately with its heavy onslaught, spiraling melodies, and all-out speed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Squash 'N' Squeak on September 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to Master of Puppets, Reign In Blood, The Number of The Beast, and Paranoid, but none of them seem to match Death's last album, Sound of Perseverence. No other metal album seems to touch it for top-notch musicianship and lyrics.

The lineup is by far the best Chuck Schuldiner has ever assembled. With his fast, schizophrenic lead guitar and powerful, emotive lyrics, he puts on an amazing performance. Shannon Hamm does some great dual guitar work with him as well. Scott Clendenin is an excellent bassist, with several solo spots and he's very audible as well. Richard Christy is incredible. Fast, insane, and lots of double bass are what he has to offer on this album, and the results are spectacular.

The lyrics, in my opinion, are Chuck's best. The lyrics on Spirit Crusher, Flesh And The Power It Holds, and A Moment In Clarity all have a very compelling outlook on human life. Never have such topics been put in such a powerful and unforgiving way. Chuck Schuldiner was truly the Bob Dylan of heavy metal. Chuck's lyrics were pure poetry in so many ways. It's a shame we'll never hear from him again.

My favorites are Spirit Crusher, Flesh And The Power It Holds, (Chuck's best solo EVER), the beautiful instrumental Voices of The Soul, and the funny, catchy cover of Judas Priest's Painkiller. Like people before have said, Chuck's voice is very funny on this cover, as they sound like a cross between a black metal scream and the highest of operative power metal vocals. The result is hilarious, and only in the best way possible. Spirit has several main riffs in it which I myself find simply irresistible, and of course it's not accompanied without a great guitar solo!
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