Last Death album to ever be recorded due to Chuck's own death hardly turned out to be a revelation, but still very close to the prog- and tech-death metal that the band was making starting with mid-90s. The song are complicated, have plenty of rhythm and tempo changing and are difficult to listen to at first, but an exciting journey for a person listening to this over and over. Not a must have, but a fun ride, for sure.
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.
With the "Sound of Perseverance" Death have penned the ultimate metal album, and when i say metal i mean it...i do not mean the best death metal or black metal or...I mean quite simply the ultimate METAL album. From the crushing heaviness and density of opener "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" it only gets better. The best tracks being the monumentally vicious The Flesh And The Power It Holds, the instrumental number Voice of the Soul (which proves once and for all that all the idiots who say metal bands can't play their instruments, are in fact, well, idiots) and the Judas Priest cover Painkiller. Death are as tight as any band and play with a precision and aggression that quite simply no other band can match. Everything from Chuck Schuldiner's visceral vocals to the perfectly crafted riffs to the drumming...oh the drumming: just listen to the drum solo which opens Painkiller and there can be no doubt you are in the presence of a master! Every metal fan should, neh MUST have this album. This is a heavy album through and through even the instrumental number is intense and requires your full attention and with most of the songs clocking in around the 7 min mark, there is plenty to get your teeth into here. Buy it!!
This album is simply amazing - buy it without a second thought. It is death metal at its most technical and melodic. Chucks voice sounds less gutteral, that the lyrics are much easier understood - not to say that hes actually singing on this album, god forbid!! :-) His vocals are still raw and spat forth with venom as always. The first track 'Scavenger of human sorrow' starts of the album with a nice powerful drum pattern, followed by a piece of guitar mastery by the late Schuldiner to make even the most hardened guitar gurus hang up there axes and give up, followed by a crushing riff which makes u remember why you got into metal in the first place - yes, its that good. There are no weak tracks on this album at all, and a nice variation in sounds - the track 'voice of the soul' is purely acoustic/electric guitar only, overdubbed several times to give a lushious wall of harmonised sound. BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY!!
If you are not a great lover of ' death metal ' but like your metal heavy, buy this or at least listen to it. The guitar work is amazing, the instrumental ' voice of the soul ' is superb and the second track ' bite the pain ' has a touch of EVH about it. The final track pleased me no end as I have been a Priest fan for over 20 years. Chuck's voice on this album has a greater sense of clarity about it and what I think is a good piece of production is the fact that all the instruments are given equal status. All of the DEATH albums have their own character, this one is no different and I was happy to pay the extra for an import. Still aggressive with fantastic harmonies. Chuck may have passed on but the music that he passed on to people like me will be his epitaph, hopefully there will be some sort of tribute album. the track 'to forgive is to suffer ' is a metal masterpeice. Excellent.