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The Sound of Perseverance

DeathAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 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 (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00000C2IF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal doesn't get much better than this. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuck and Co. have done it again November 29, 1999
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Death's last and best. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best pure Metal release since Master of Puppets. February 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A number of weeks back I got Symbolic, by Death, based on the recommendations of everyone on this site. It was certainly a good album, but I was a bit disappointed anyway, considering my expectations. About a week ago I decided to get this album because Symbolic was good enough for me to give Death another shot, and I certainly don't regret. The same basic elements define these 2 albums, but Symbolic still really couldn't prepare me for how good this album would be. My title to this review is no exaggeration. In my book, this album stands as one of the 2 best pure metal albums I've ever heard.
Everything just comes together here. I wasn't to big a fan of Chuck's vocals on Symbolic, and they are much improved here. He uses high, shrieking vocals now, which are more powerful and eerie than his half shriek, half growl of the earlier material. Hamm and Schulinder are a simply outstanding guitar team. They are both incredible lead players and their interplay, harmonized and dual leads are simply unmatched. Their rhythm work is very strong as well, with riffs ranging from lumbering, bass-filled doom metal grooves to lightning fast thrash insanity. Richard Christy (now with Iced Earth) is a hell of a drummer, which is good, since he had to replace drum god Gene Hoglan. I don't know who's better of the 2, but they are both so good that it doesn't much matter. Scott is a terrific, complex bassist who can actually be heard much of the time, which leads up to the next strength, the production. The production on this album, which is usually a weakness even on modern albums, is perfect. The guitars have plenty of power, the bass can be heard much of the time the vocals are clear and the drums have good power with out being overbearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good
I have listened to metal since I was in 8th grade. It is a shame I missed these guys growing up. The Sound of Perseverance blows away pretty much all the metal I listen to in that... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Honor issue!
This issue has been very well edited honoring the Death's music legacy as much as this master piece honestly deserve it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pablo Eugenio Novoa Parra
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!!!
Great album chuck is the man great music great lyrics what more can you ask for one of the best death metal albums ever!
Published 18 months ago by shane
5.0 out of 5 stars One of "the" best MeTaL albums ever!
It doesn't get much better than this album! I would have to rank this one up there with some of the greatest MeTaL albums of all times.... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dog Faced God
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I loved this product. I received it juste in time. The item was in good condition. I suggest everyone to but this cause it's a good deal.
Published 19 months ago by oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars The magic is gone
I will not detail each and every song of this release, but to sum it up, this album is just ok. It is certainly not of bad quality musicianship but the magic is missing and that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tarikh Jumeer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and unique extreme metal
Death's 1998 final album "The Sound of Perseverance" is a stone cold classic of extreme metal. It is a graceful blend of brutality and melody, with speedy pummeling punctuated by... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by David Metting
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendent...
Through the years, whenever I listened to "death metal", I fully expected (and got) the typical songs of ultimate doom, pure eeevil, bloody mutilation, etc. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I just don't get it...
I bought this album years ago and I've probably only listened to it 3 or 4 times all the way through. There's just not much about it that I find entertaining. Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by law1349
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monument of Genius
Before I even talk about the album, I have to settle one thing first. I do not have the remastered version of this album with all the bonus material, so I don't know anything... Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Take No Prisoners
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