DEATH — Individual Thought Patterns (review)

DEATH — Individual Thought Patterns album cover Album · 1993 · Technical Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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In super-human form...

Genre: progressive death metal

While "Human" certainly was innovative and contained a lot of progressive elements, "Individual Thought Patterns" pushes the bar a whole lot further - and, fortunately, now the fretless bass is audible.

The song structures are at times insanely complex with several changes in time and tempo, key and scales, and both captivating and weird melody and a lot of brutality and speedy riffage. There are also plenty of odd time signatures and generally insane drumming from "mean Gene Hoglan, the caffeine machine".

The album is progressive and experimental, to be sure; yet it is more accessible to the general death metal audience than, say Cynic and Atheist, which is probably one of the reasons why Death became generally more popular than other progressive death metal acts back in the day.

Every song is a masterpiece in itself, but especially "Overactive Imagination", "Jealousy", the title track, and "The Philospher" are worth mentioning as is the quirky "Destiny".
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