Magazine: The Metal Observer / Germany
Written by: Gabe Gose
"In need of a fix called innocence"...
Such meaningful words from Mr. Schuldiner, don't you agree? It's
hard to objectively review an album that I have such a sentimental
attachment with. If anyone can find any flaws with this album, let
me know so that I can shoot your opinion out of the sky, cause there
AREN'T ANY! What we have here are nine Metal-blessings to feed the
soul. Fifty-two minutes of intangible, melodic genius, crafted by
one of Metal's most gifted minds.
The mind-numbing technicality
of "Individual Thought Patterns" has been toned down here
a bit, in favour of more majestic harmonies and melodies that are
heavy, yet at the same time you can still call them "ear candy".
The opening title-track is easily on my "Top 10 Songs of All-Time"
list, with all the DEATH-trademarks tailored to perfection: constant
tempo-shifts, relentless double-bass that mirrors the equally-relentless
double-picked riffs, leads that practically force you to break out
the air-guitar (yeah right, just TRY and play those leads homeboy),
this is what Metal was meant to be. There are few albums I've ever
heard that embrace the true intent of Heavy Metal as this masterpiece.
"Zero Tolerance" is another earth-mover, and it's a departure
for DEATH, with some excellent jazz/fusion-drum-patterns from Hoglan,
a slower tempo overall, and a lead section that is so goddamn genius
it brings tears to my eyes. "Without Judgment" is a melody-infused
goblet of cosmic brilliance, "Misanthrope" is a euphoric
journey into the unknown realm where space-time becomes the backdrop
of your imagination, and closer "Perennial Quest" is the
soundtrack to a pristine tale of wonder and discovery, laden with
mountains of harmonious riff-glaciers. Each song is just a gift!
Chuck's vocals are also the epitome of brutal here, much more high-pitched
than on the preceding albums, not as annoyingly shrill as on "The
Sound Of Perseverance", but right in the middle. They fit the
music perfectly, and bring a nice element of "clarity"
to the expression of his powerful lyrics.
Albums like this will remain
a gorgeous, glimmering statue in the museum of Metal's Timeless
Masterworks, in Valhalla......No...let me rephrase.......This album............fucking