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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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Time Signature
5 stars Iconic...

This is one of the best metal releases ever. There is no weak moment on this album which is, or at least should be, the pinnacle of technicalt/progressive death metal. The musicianship is top notch here, and especially Gene Hoglan's drumming is no less than insanely sick. The production is crystal clear and the more screetchy vocal style that Schuldiner uses on this album complements the music very well. Compositionwise, the tracks are fairly complex and contain many quirky parts and numerous tempo and time changes without ever becoming too complex or quirky for the mainstream death metal fan (although it should be mentioned that death metal in itself tends to be characterized by more complexity than most non-conneseurs would expect).

Every song is a masterpiece in itself, but especially "Empty Words", "Crystal Mountain", "1,000 Eyes" and "Perennial Quest" are fantastic.

Time Signature | 5/5 |


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