This is it. After more than 10 years of waiting, we have got it.
The one, the only, true thrash metal album. Death have had six
releases, made some drastic changes in their style and have finally
Despite being labeled as
the fathers of death metal, only their first album is truly death
metal, mainly due to vocal abilities of main-man Chuck Schuldiner,
who was never really a death vocal. His singing has steadily and
gradually evolved into more and more shrieking, until now on this
album we hear him really screaming. Not many people came to terms
with it and have accepted, but it is what thrash metal is all
about. Its most distinct feature are the vocals and Chuck has
shown what thrash vocals should sound like. Screaming, aggressive,
full of feeling, coming right from the heart. True thrash metal
Not only the vocals, but
the rhythm section is another display of the perfect sound of
thrash. The drums can't be quite distinctly heard, they are no
separate instrument, they are together with music, a living part
of it. There is no "bang-bang", I'll rip your head off,
there is steady drumming, supplying the guitarists with superb
feeling of rhythm. The bassist puts up a very good effort, playing
his part with a lot of technique and precision. His trade-mark
bass-sound will be left through the years for generations and
generations and every bassist will learn from it how to get heard
without be boring or interfering in the overall guitar sound.
And of course, Chuck's contribution
to the album is not through with his vocals. He has had six albums,
and on every one of them has played genius solos, never getting
the listener tired of them or repeating him, sheer genius. And
the last album in Death's existence goes to show that six albums
weren't enough to give everything away. His genius has never really
been doubted, but it has also never ended. On "The Sound..."
we don't get the separate solos, we are used to when listening
any band, we have solos and rhythmic guitar-work united in one
whole. This is why I really love saying that Death have gathered
pieces of their music together and have done the most memorable
thrash album with the most coherent and full sound. Pure 100 percent
This an album comes at a
time when thrash's glorious days have long gone and death's heyday
passed as well. And however it shows how young thrash metal is
and how easy it was forgotten. This is also the display of the
best developings of a bands sound - the early albums, not so convincing,
and the last ones the best ones.
This is the most mature, true, pure and by-the-book thrash metal
album, uniting technique and speed in one in a fabulous manner,
producing the best creation of the dying beast of thrash metal.
It is a masterpiece and that is not exaggerated.