Review: The Fragile Art Of Existence
Magazine: The Metal Observer / Germany
Written by: Wes Jacques
Published: 2002

Yes, I think it is due time we review this CD. How ironic it should be called "The Fragile Art Of Existence". This is the one thing Chuck wanted to do, just be a guitar player and leave the singing to someone else. He did it and here it is. I believe he is in a happier place now.

What we have here is really an extended version of "The Sound Of Perseverance". This is my opinion and a lot of people disagree with it. That's cool, but this is my review and I know people will be ultra touchy about this review at this point of time.

With a Ray Gillan-esque by Tim Aymar and a very DEATH-esque performance by the band (three of the members were in DEATH at the time of this recording), this is a side of the "Sounds"-album we did not get from DEATH. Chuck was often times regarded as hard to work with, but I can tell you that's not the case at all. He had a clear vision and goal. His goal for this album was to use more of a power metal-vocalist for his unused DEATH-material (material he deemed for CONTROL DENIED).

With a clear cut vision, he gives us an astounding audible presentation of what was going on in his life at this time and the same time making his dream come true, to just be a guitar player. His playing is very underrated by the metal-media. While surrounding himself with incredible musicians, he shines brightly on this and holds no excuses for letting it show. With the help of bassist extraordinaire Steve DiGiorgio and his drummer Richard Christy (DEATH, ICED EARTH, BURNING INSIDE) and Shannon Hamm (DEATH), this is a stunning album.

How fragile life can be. Enjoy hearing Chuck's dream. I know I do.


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