After all the commotion about canceling the European tour at the
end of last year followed by the bands splitting up it was about
time for Death head Chuck Schuldiner to revenge himself with a high
level piece of work. "Human" had to prevent the name Death becoming
Well, Chuck succeeded in this and
even surpasses all previous releases. No matter how much we would
like to punish him for letting down (more than once) his fans,
this shocking release just is not a matter of argument.
In a 35 minutes hurricane the man
justifies his fame as the death metal king.
The clever thing about it is that
besides being one of the inventors of the genre, he always is
one of the leading re-newers. With the help of the fabulous Cynic
musicians Paul Masvidal (guitar) and Sean Reinert (drums) and
Sadus' Steve DiGiorgio (bass) he again pushes back the borders
within a jammed genre by miles.
Underneath the well known heavy
riffs he now shifts in sparkling, almost jazzy, kind of rhythms
without getting as far as Atheist.
The current Death is not very easy
to listen to at first. But listening more than once to songs like
"Together As One", the teasing "Secret Face" or the heavy "Lack
Of Comprehension" you are attached.
Special attention for "Cosmic Sea",
Death's first instrumental and immediately a very good one. The
spacy keyboards demand a leading part but there's room enough
for some shocking solo's of both Masvidal and Chuck himself.
"Human" also reveals where Scott
Burns is capable off having a larger budget and more time.
Don't be fooled, "evil" Chuck is
back and he is angry!!!