A technical marvel,
This review is from: The Sound Of Perseverance (Audio CD)
Words alone don't do this album justice. It really is one of those you have to hear to truly get a sense of how good it is.
This really is death metal at its finest: completely encapsulating everything the band had worked towards throughout the 1990s; starting with the ground-breaking Human in 1991, the band gradually grew more and more technical and more progressive with each release.
The sheer level of technical precision amongst the musicians here is unlike few things heard in music. The guitar duo of Chuck Schuldiner and Shannon Hamm shine through each song, churning out an endless parade of riffs and ear-splitting solos - notably on tracks such as 'Spirit Crusher', 'Story to Tell' and the epic 'The Flesh and the Power it Holds'. The latter of which features one of Schuldiner's finest solos, whilst the rhythm section of Richard Christy and Scott Clendenin are also worthy of equal praise. Christy's drumming thunders through each track with a level of precision and skill that only the most veteran drummers could hope to reach, whilst Clendenin's bass provides a vital backbone to the overpowering guitars with the occasional stand out moments.
If there could be any criticism of this album, it would be that it is possibly the most difficult of Death's discography to digest due to the progressive nature of it and the fact that it is considerably longer than previous releases. However, this is extremely minor criticism. If you're a Death fan, you'll love it. If you're a death metal fan, you'll love it. If you're a fan of metal in general, you'll probably love it too.
I would recommend this album to anyone.