The Sound Of Perseverance
Review by Allan on March 18, 2002.
And then there was a day when Death came to an untimely end. Of course, Death will always live on through fans of the music and be remembered as leaders of a scene. Nonetheless, "The Sound of Perseverance" is an excellent closing of a career for a band that has accomplished so much.
Once again, another line-up change has occurred. The amazing Gene Hoglan has been replaced by the worthy Richard Christy. Christy is an interesting listen. He has a nice style that compliments the music. Also being sadly replaced is bassist Steve Digiorgio. I’m glad that replacement Scott Clendenin proves to make good and interesting use of his instrument at times.
"The Sound of Perseverance" is Death at their peak of their musical vision. This has the best musicianship ever shown of Chuck, who has been the only member to stay since the beginning. It’s not really possible to see the growth of the other musicians through this band, unfortunately. The album is altogether the most progressive of anything the band has ever written, which seems to be a style of death metal that the band had been working towards since the beginning. It’s melodic like all other Death albums, but manages to keep a raw sound. It’s not melodic like the overcrowded Gothenburg scene. It’s great to see that the songs can have so many different parts in them, yet come together as one and not just a jumble of riffs. The songs are different, they do speak for themselves, and there are so many amazing and stand out parts here that it proves to be an album that can be heard over and over.
It’s a strong album from start to finish. Death has always been put out quality albums while keeping their original musical vision, but not becoming a parody of themselves. They’ve grown over the years from album to album, and that has definitely been a good thing.
Bottom Line: A great ending for a great band. Deserves a listen by all fans of progressive metal.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review by Luka on July 29, 2001.
Yet how can I call them thrash when this band (along with Possessed) invented death metal itself?! It’s interesting how heavy metal standards have changed over time as bands like Nile or Immolation took the genre to the realms of absolute extremity, and pulled the name of death metal down into that murky pit right alongside themselves. Tragically the entire scene would soon get caught in a stale, unoriginal dead-end loop of blast-beats and guttural growls with almost no innovation, just a shallow race of who can go heavier and faster.
The "Sound of Perseverance", it seems, is not extreme enough to be branded the namesake of the band, but enough of this bullshit about extremities and labels, the music on this CD simply fucking rips! Chuck Schuldiner absolutely burns the strings with his eerie melodies and ear-splitting solos, while in the back the low tuned monster keeps the rhythm and jumps for the throat with it’s brutal riffs as soon as the lead guitar stops. Richard Christy sure as hell knows how to pound that drum set and can easily take on any extreme metal skinsman. He can deliver brutal and crushing beats, pushing the double-bass kicks as fast as he can, while still playing intricate and complicated pieces with the hi-hat and ride bell, as well as an eerie, seemingly low-tuned Chinese cymbal! It’s the coolest-sounding thing I’ve heard on a drum set in a long time!
The songs have strange and complicated structures and I love it! You never see what’s coming next, and awesome riffs lurk at every corner. The solo, and riff right after 'Bite the Pain' is simply unbelievable! This is what Heavy Metal means to me, that solo and riff, cranked to the max, is my best definition! And 'Voice of the Soul' is simply the godly display of Chuck’s raw talent on the guitar. But, unfortunately, some songs become a little stale and boring and Chuck’s voice pisses me off, but doesn’t take long before the good stuff comes roaring back and his half-clean voice becomes tolerable.
I don’t even have to tell you how magnificent the production done here is, the names Jim Morris and Chuck Schuldiner should speak for themselves. One knows what he’s doing, and the other knows exactly how he wants his album to turn out. The result is amazing, one of the best album productions I’ve ever heard.
I love the album title! The "Sound" is dark, powerful, complicated thrash-death metal and it’s tragic what happened to Chuck after this because his "Perseverance" with Death, his originality and experience in the genre would mean so much to the metal world. This is a band unlike any other.
Bottom Line: I always like to hear the word "perseverance" with a good band. Excellent album!
Ratting: 9 out of 10