Well, well, well? Here it is the album that keeps the flame burning.
Death started it three years ago and now bands like Morbid Angel,
Cannibal Corpse and Carcass are strenuously practicing in some
garage and deafening drunken metallers in some dirty underground
metal club in the south of the US.
Death continue playing their
typical style - the most brutal of thrash of its time, verging
on death metal, but not quite being it, maintaining the creative
attitude guitar-wise, mainly due to Chuck's genius.
Still a very heavy album,
it is more technical and so harsh in comparison to its predecessor
"Leprosy". The roots of true thrash metal can be heard,
as well as a change in the vocals towards the screaming style
we are to hear on the later Death albums.
Another distinct sign for
this album being thrash is not only the vocals, but their feeling.
It is the aggression, the immense feeling of hatred, focusing
on some words, sang in front of the mike. The deep sorrow and
depression is what one feels, listening to the death metal grunting,
while after "Spiritual Healing", there is a surge of
power, that you feel and terribly need an outlet for, so crush
This album is quite an improvement
from monotonous "Leprosy", being very technical, with
a lot aggression and power in the vocals and being a whole book
full of great, innovative and fresh guitar ideas. Upon those riffs
bands like Bolt Thrower will build their style of music.
A great album, though not
many people will be able to appreciate it, because so many bands
have used those solos and riffs, it would sound like nothing new
to someone who hears it now for the first time.