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1 stars Death is one of my favorite band but this compilation is not very useful... Catching some of the fury shown in "Scream Bloody Gore" mixing it up with the repetiveness of "Leprosy", the intensity of "Spiritual Healing" and adding some state of the art "Human" death metal was not such a good idea. No continuation between songs. Death got so much better with "Human" and the following albums that you shouldn't waste your time on this crap. Not even for fans, buy "Scream Bloody Gore" or "Spiritual Healing" instead!
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Posted Saturday, May 13, 2006 | Review Permalink
1 stars A poor compilation released to capitalize on Death's undeground success. It captures none of the energy of the albums and doesn't even add all of the great early tracks. This is what happens when labels milk their artists. Nobody should buy this album. Get the groundbreaking studio albums instead, as they sound so much better as a whole. This is one of the worst greatest hits albums ever and it is the only spot on Chuck's output, though he's not at fault for this.

Grade: F

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Posted Saturday, January 20, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars Best-of albums released fairly early in a bands career are always ones to be wary of, and this is a prime example why. They are mere cash-ins with no use for existing fans, and this is not the kind of genre where a newcomer is advised to reach for a compilation of this nature anyhow as they barely represent a suitable cross-section of a band's work. It is even less relevant in that purpose nowadays as it concentrates more on the first two albums than on Spiritual Healing and the (at the time) latest album Human which would set the standard for the later DEATH albums. This one is an awkward mishmash of songs that mixes highly dubious choices with the obvious essentials. I'm also surprised at the lack, of Lack of Comprehension (no pun intended) as that was one of the more popular songs off Human which even had a video made for it. Not much else to say about it, except to dish out the judgment. 1 star in principle, bumped up to 2 stars only because the actual material is very good.
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Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 | Review Permalink
1 stars This album is a poor compilation, created very early in the career of Death. The songs are muddled and shallow, and the choices don't reflect what the band had to offer. I realize that many of Death's great albums (with the exception of Human) had not been released yet, but this is only an album for the diehard Death fans.

Get Death's later albums, which are masterpieces, or if you're a huge Death fan, just get the earlier albums instead of this.

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Posted Saturday, November 17, 2007 | Review Permalink
1 stars I found this album left behind some books in a bookcase. I had not been listening to it for well over fifteen years. Which was not a personal loss.

This is a compilation of their earlier material. It is also a cash in/rip off album from a previous label. If my memory serves me right; this album was much detested by Mr. Schuldiner. I believe it was released at a cut-down price. Which is the only saving grace here. All the stuff here can be found on the first four Death albums. There is nothing new stuff here whatsoever and the booklet is very poor too. This album is in my view a rip-off and nothing else. I would give the music 3 stars because I happens to like their music. But this album is a blatant rip-off by the label and I believe the band did not like it. So 1 star it is then.

1 star

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Posted Monday, July 20, 2009 | Review Permalink
Conor Fynes
1 stars 'Fate' - Death (Compilation)

Essentially, 'Fate' is an attempt at a best-of compilation for the pioneering death metal band Death. Released only after the release of their fourth album 'Human', Chuck Schuldiner openly expressed his disdain for this compilation, and looking over even a handful of reviews and opinions from other fans, it is clear that the band's listeners share this sentiment. First off, due to the fact that this best-of compilation was released in 1992, it is leaving out nearly a half of Death's material, leaving 'Individual Thought Patterns', 'Symbolic', and 'The Sound Of Perseverance' out of the loop. I personally think that Death only improved with time, and were I making a playlist of my favourite tracks of the band, most of the material would be coming off of those last three albums. Really, with that in mind- and regardless of the actual music here, which is ill-chosen but indicative of the band's style- I cannot say good things about 'Fate', not even as a recommendation to a newcomer. A pretty pathetic release, even for a best-of compilation.

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Posted Friday, July 22, 2011 | Review Permalink

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