Review: Individual Thought Patterns
Magazine: Rock Hard / Germany
Written by: Götz Kühnemund
Published: July 1993

Granted, it's not very easy for us to stay objective about Chuck Schuldiner and his mates. Based on a statement from his ex-manager (which we printed last month), Chucky hasn't thought very highly of us, for some time. But what the heck, it's all about the music, which on "Individual Thought Patterns" leaves little to be despised.

Basically Death consistently developed since "Spiritual Healing", although this time once again Chuck plays with a new roster. One of the newbees is Andy LaRocque, who is normally tormenting the strings in King Diamond. His solos on "Individual Thought Patterns" fit in extremely well, melodically considered, with the rest of the band. The drums are being played by ex-Dark Angel drum kit God Gene Hoglan, and the bass was taken over by Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus).

First class musicians, who are not overshadowed by Chuck (whose playing and vocals improved once more, though they lost some of the brutality), and guarantee a first class, technical album. This is exactly what many of the old Death fans will be turned off by, if they already thought "Human" to be too technical.

Personally I don't like "Individual Thought Patterns" as much as "Human", because the hooklines on the predecessor were somewhat more defined, but this is not gonna change the fact that Death once again delivered a convincing job.

Götz Kühnemund

Rate 8,5


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Translated by YK/MM for EmptyWords-Published on March 1 2001