Granted, it's not very easy for us to stay objective about Chuck
Schuldiner and his mates. Based on a statement from his ex-manager
(which we printed last month), Chucky hasn't thought very highly
of us, for some time. But what the heck, it's all about the music,
which on "Individual Thought Patterns" leaves little to be despised.
Basically Death consistently developed
since "Spiritual Healing", although this time once again Chuck
plays with a new roster. One of the newbees is Andy LaRocque,
who is normally tormenting the strings in King Diamond. His solos
on "Individual Thought Patterns" fit in extremely well, melodically
considered, with the rest of the band. The drums are being played
by ex-Dark Angel drum kit God Gene Hoglan, and the bass was taken
over by Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus).
First class musicians, who are
not overshadowed by Chuck (whose playing and vocals improved once
more, though they lost some of the brutality), and guarantee a
first class, technical album. This is exactly what many of the
old Death fans will be turned off by, if they already thought
"Human" to be too technical.
Personally I don't like "Individual
Thought Patterns" as much as "Human", because the hooklines on
the predecessor were somewhat more defined, but this is not gonna
change the fact that Death once again delivered a convincing job.