Chuck Schuldiner evidentally sick of growling in Death, brings
over vocalist Tim Aymar along with present and former members
of Death for Control Denied. So what you basically get is a toned
down Death. The music is not as complex as Death's overall, and
leans more toward power metal than death metal. Its still quite
tight though, I think the problem here is Chuck got a brain tumor
and thus rushed to get the album out instead of taking the time
to make it incredible like the last few albums. Its still good,
just not as good, but I understand his plight, and my wishes and
sympathies go out to him. Even the production job seems a subpar
by Jim Morris standards, and while I loved Christy's drumming
on Sound of Perserverance, this album it seems like a few fills
have been botched. Thus leaving me to think it was rushed, I feel
a couple of songs and riffs could have been tweaked better as
well. What does kick ass though is Steve DiGorgio's bass playing
(phenomenal as usual) and Tim's vocal lines demonstrate his range,
emotion and power. All of which kick ass. Some Death fans are
likely to be disappointed, but those that don't listen to Death
because of the growly vocals will be amazed with this.
"Consumed" is a pretty cool song, the intro is wicked.
The rest is hypnotic and 'consuming'. "Breaking the Broken"
is another solid tune, very cool bass parts in this as well. "Expect
the Unexpected" just rocks out, awesome tune. "What
if...?" is probably the most progressive piece here, its
very unique, I'd have a hell of a time to desribe it. "When
the Link Becomes Missing" is a cool tune, an awesome acoustic
part in the middle demonstrates how awesome Aymar's voice is.
"Believe" just rocks as well, cool lyrics, great vocal
lines. "Cut Down" is another strong tune. The title
track is the weakest tune, some parts of it don't go anywhere,
the ending drags out too. Not too bad though. A decent effort
that could have been great if not rushed.