This is Death's masterwork. What
can really be said about this album, its very techincal, its quite
heavy, and half of the songs even have hooks, the lyrics are well
written as well and should provoke some amount of thought if nothing
else. What's even better about this album, is every instrument
can be clearly heard, and the intricacy's discovered thanks to
the phenomenal production job by Jim Morris. Gene Hoglan's drumming
is even more intense than on Individual Thought Patterns, the
bass drum hits with force and not even the slightest cymbal fill
goes unoticed, powerful, intricate progressive drumming what more
can be said? Time signature and tempo changes abound thoughout
the album, the vocals are a yell/growl, quite forceful sounding.
The guitar sound is thick yet melodic and heavy, the distortion
is nice and edgey the tones are fairly dark overall, its really
a great balance.
There's not a bad song on this album, each one kicks ass for its
own reasons, and mean guitar riffs and great solos appear in all
the songs. I'll just go over some of my favorites. "Zero
Tolerance" has some cool grooves in it. "Empty Words"
starts slow and suddenly shifts into high gear, but is one of
the catchier songs (as catchy as death metal gets anyhow), the
chorus is quite powerful. "Sacred Serentiy" is another
excellent song, this is even more addictive than the previous
song. The guitar part in the chorus is bad ass. "1,000 Eyes"
has some brilliantly penned lyrics dealing with all of the camera's
in society 'Privacy and Intimacy, as we know it will be a memory'
shoud give you some idea. I shouldn't have to mention how much
this rocks. "Crystal Mountain" is my favorite Death
song, is a death metal power ballad of sorts, as the guitar parts
would indicate in the verses, but this is Holgan in top form at
the kit, driving the song along at 2x as it seems. The guitar
lines are more lead like and are nicely backed by intense drum
fills. As it fades out a spanish acoustic solo comes in over the
electric leads, very cool! Very addictive song. "Perenial
Quest" is hard to get into, but the ending is a simply beautiful
acoustic part for the very end, its excellent. This CD is a work
of art and everyone should own it, even if you don't like growling
give it a shot.