Review: The Sound Of Perseverance
Magazine: RoughEdge / USA
Written by: Christopher J. Kelter
Chuck Schuldiner is considered by many to be father of death metal.
With "The Sound Of Perseverance" Schuldiner and this
latest incarnation of Death create a sonic blast of controlled
chaos. Aside from a few tracks on compilation CDs that I have
this was my first true introduction to Death. I like what I hear.
Death's dual guitar approach
lends a great deal of flexibility in pushing the creative boundaries
of the seemingly limited art form of death metal. However, Schuldiner
and his cohorts are adept at crafting memorable riffs and songs.
I particularly liked the fretboard gymnastics of "Bite The
Pain" and the slow thrash, yet still avant garde grind of
"Story To Tell." All the solos are played with dexterity
and emotion - both Schuldiner and Hamm do a fantastic job creating
wonderful lead lines that balance power and beauty.
Additionally, the drum tracks
are very interesting. The drum tracks must have been recorded
in a manner that allows for maximum flexibility in the recording
process. The drum and percussion sounds cover a wide range of
percussive tones - each new listen to the disc reveals subtleties
in the drum tracks; it's obvious that a lot of thought and care
went into the drum tracks.
I am not particularly enamored
of Chuck's vocal style, but it is appropriate for the songs. However,
the lyrics are phenomenal. Schuldiner is very articulate in his
expressions of anger, fear, hatred, loathing, and just about any
other emotion that is a fair representation of being pissed off
at somebody or something. But that's not all; there are traces
of positive messages ("A Moment Of Clarity") that serve
to allow the individual to be a pillar of strength rather than
an external force as motivator - heavy stuff.
One of the things often said
about Death is the fact that it is "trend-free metal";
I'd have to agree that Death is a throwback to the origins of
death metal albeit with production values updated for the '90s
and an unparalleled skill for songwriting. However, I have a bone
to pick. Gentle reader, wouldn't you say that lately there is
a trend for metal bands to do cover tunes? Death is no exception;
Death cover the almighty Judas Priest's "Painkiller"
to cap off this very good disc.
for Empty©Words 03-02-05