Whether you like the guy or not, Chuck Schuldiner proves with "Human",
as always, that he is still sitting on the death metal throne, and
is not thinking about abdication as is speculated.
"Human" turned out to be exactly
what many didn't expect anymore, one of the best death metal records
ever!!! Eight real "songs" to hear on it; "songs" in the proper
sense of the word, no conceptless riff orgies, but as thought
through structured little works of art.
The guitar playing and especially
the drumming, are about overshadowing all that was ever produced
in death metal. On top of it are Chuck's irreplaceable vocals,
a lot more aggressive and powerful than the so-called "heavy"
noise of most of the other grunters. Next to all brashness DEATH
radiates as always, this album is a lot more pronounced and therefore
more musical than its predecessors.
Of course, you have to be an experienced
death metal listener to be able to recognize it. For example,
the opener "Flattening Of Emotions" is combining all the quality
marks of this band: complicated yet very tight riffs; powerful,
driving bassdrums; polished rhythms; perverse yet powerful expressive
vocals and an excellent production, if not, representing Scott
Burns' Masterpiece up till now.
Obvious conclusion: "Human" is
a mile-stone in death metal, although musically considered, it's
surpassing the genre by far.
An album you just HAVE to hear!!!