Super group? Nowadays that term can be found commonly applied
to any outfit containing two or more outside musicians from well-known
bands. Some of them turn out quite good, while others turn out
quite mediocre. Neither was the case with DEATH's 1993 surprise.
Andy LaRocque, Gene Hoglan,
Steve DiGiorgio, and Chuck Schuldiner. If you're any kind of knowledgeable
fan, these four names will require no introduction. If you know
nothing of the scene, still you should require none. My friends,
this is THE super group. Each musician on hand - an experienced
master, exceptionally executing their duties with extreme expertise,
excellence, and exquisite marksmanship. Exclamation Point!
Hoglan's kit bellows and
snaps throughout. Any of you wondering how a drummer should drum
might want to start by taking a lesson from this. Next is a question
of Mr. DiGiorgio's abilities. Well, not really… It kind
of goes without saying how well-equipped the 4-string is in his
hands, doesn’t it? So, we know the rhythm-section is set
to go, how about the front line? Not to worry. Chuck and Andy
share guitar duties here. The rhythm lines keep you thrashing,
while both of them pull off leads that can be explained with no
other word aside from, orgasmic. Vocally, this is my favoured
of all of Chuck's work. Not as much high-end as in later albums,
and not as 'dumb' (for lack of a better term) sounding as previous
Structurely, I.T.P. is by
far DEATH's most technical effort. You'll witness a fusion of
melody and destruction like never before. Well, with so much talent
to showcase, that too goes without saying.
…In fact, this whole
review goes without saying.