Review: The Sound Of Perseverance
Magazine: The Final Verdict / USA
Written by: Fox
Published: 1999-2005

Where does Chuck find these people? Another entirely new line up and the musicians are just as, if not more amazing than previously. Richard Christy, does an outstanding job, and admirably fills Gene Hoglan's shoes from the prior two albums bashing the skins (and anything else in sight). The production is phenomenal, my hat goes off to Jim Morris once again. You can hear each instrument clearly, the guitar is heavy, and melodic, Chuck's sharp growls stick out nicely over everything else. The bass drum pounds throughout, each cymbal note come through nice and crisp. Musically Death continues in the direction in which they had on Symbolic, which I highly commend them for, very heavy, progressive and technical. The lyrics are their best yet too, the album title says it all, it goes against all of the negativity in the world, and I love it. In the end its very comparable to Symbolic, except its predecessor seems to flat out rock a little more the riffs and songs are a little better overall, but these are excellent here. Nothing short of brilliant.

"Scavenger of Human Sorrow" starts with an onslaught of drums before busting into a thick and mean rhythm guitar part, the drum fills throughout this song are excellent. "Bite the Pain" is another cool tune, seems to suffer slightly from lack of flow though. "Spirit Chrusher" is a little more doomy in places, and just rocks out in others. "Story to Tell" is a more melodic tune, with some cool lead guitar parts. "Flesh and the Power it Holds" is probably the best song on the album, great lyrics, awesome drum beats, some cool leads and riffs. "Voice of the Soul" is a very soothing acoustic piece, with some nice strumming. "To Forgive is to Suffer" contains a good chunk of melody and aggression. "A Moment of Clarity" is another excellent song. "Painkiller" is a killer version of the Judas Priest classic. I can't think of a reason not to own this.

Rating: 9,4


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