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Founded in Orlando, USA in 1983 (as MANTAS) - Renamed in 1984 - Disbanded in 1998

Chuck Schuldiner founded Death in the early 80s as an extreme metal band, not knowing that in the years to come the band would be celebrated by many as the band which created the genre of Death Metal. During the years the lineup changed frequently, with Schuldiner as the constant element. Their music got more and more complex in the 90s, and their last releases Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic and The Sound of Perseverance are the reason for their inclusion in the archives. The music on these albums is what is today often referred to as "Progressive Death Metal", and it influenced many other bands in the following years which further explored the possibilities of this new kind of music. Eventually Schuldiner founded the band Control Denied, which essentially continued Death's evolution towards a more experimental music - their first release is very similar to Death, minus the typical Death Metal vocals. After the release of that album in 1999 Schuldiner was diagnosed with brain-stem cancer, and due to this disease both Control Denied and Death were put on hold, and in 2001 Schuldiner lost his battle with his illness.

Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Death can be seen as the founding fathers of two genres: Death Metal and Progressive Death Metal. While their first 4 studio are not progressive, the remaining 3 show an amazing development of more and more experimental structures.

See also: - Control Denied

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DEATH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.99 | 183 ratings
Scream Bloody Gore
1987
3.09 | 187 ratings
Leprosy
1988
3.48 | 169 ratings
Spiritual Healing
1990
4.21 | 413 ratings
Human
1991
4.20 | 330 ratings
Individual Thought Patterns
1993
4.27 | 598 ratings
Symbolic
1995
4.26 | 474 ratings
The Sound of Perseverance
1998

DEATH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.32 | 32 ratings
Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
2001
3.89 | 19 ratings
Live in Eindhoven
2001
2.44 | 8 ratings
Vivus!
2012

DEATH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.29 | 12 ratings
Live in Eindhoven
2001
4.23 | 16 ratings
Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)
2001
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live at Cottbus '98
2005

DEATH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.30 | 16 ratings
Fate - The Best of Death
1992

DEATH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Scream Bloody Gore by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.99 | 183 ratings

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Scream Bloody Gore
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by progtime1234567

3 stars Ah, the classic. Scream Bloody Gore is commonly referred to as the first proper death metal album, that and Seven Churches by Possessed. Both were crucial in the blossoming of this new genre. Like thrash metal's more rebellious and edgy younger sibling. Scream is one of those albums that every metal-head should hear, and even study, to an extent, because it was key in the development of metal music as a whole. It really does belong on the same unholy altar that also includes Black Sabbath's eponymous 1970 debut album, Venom's Black Metal, Metallica's Kill Em' All, Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, etc.

Scream itself is lacking in the progressive rock department. Death didn't embrace their newfound love for experimenting until at least Human. There is nothing complicated or technical about this record, it is pure death metal, and some of the best at that. The vocals are ugly, guttural, Cookie-Monster vocals, no clean singing. The songs are rowdy, rapid blasts of death metal vigor, with the thrash metal influence still lingering around. This really isn't the best album for the normal progressive music fan where the heaviest music they will listen to is 21st Century Schizoid Man.

If this wasn't a progressive music website, I would give this album five stars in a heartbeat, but since that's a different context, I will give Scream a good three stars. Three stars as a progressive album, but definitely five stars plus as a metal album. Scream is truly a metal classic.

 The Sound of Perseverance by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.26 | 474 ratings

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The Sound of Perseverance
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars Out of all the four essential Death albums (Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic and The Sound Of Perseverance), this is for sure the one that I enjoy the most. I'm still not a big fan of it, but each of the tracks is very complex, and you can tell each of the musicians, Chuck Schuldiner to be more specific, is much more mature than when they first started.

This record extends the mastery of the fusion of Death Metal & prog that they achieved with their widely touted record Symbolic. The tracks are also more experimental, it's noticeable with instrumental tracks like Voice Of The Soul, or by how the songs are, on average, longer.

Essential record to any Death Metal collection.

 Individual Thought Patterns by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.20 | 330 ratings

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Individual Thought Patterns
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars A death metal album I don't enjoy but definitely respect. I must say that these growls have always annoyed me a lot, so I almost never listen to this record. However, I have done some research and apparently the last four Death records are essential (AKA 5 stars) to the genre, so that explains why I'm giving it a perfect score.

I really can't say much more. The songs are fast paced and heavy, it features high-pitched growls, it has great guitar solos, it's very consistent all the way through, and it's definitely an Amusement Park for Death Metal fans. If you're a Death Metal fan go check it out!

 Human by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.21 | 413 ratings

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Human
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars Similar to Individual Thought Patterns, I don't really like this album or listen it often, however I give it a night rating because of its objective importance to the genre of Death Metal and its development.

Human, however, is slightly more impressive because it technically is one of the first progressive Death Metal records of all time. Sure, it still features the growling, fast paced instruments and good technicality, but in this record it's also fused with progressive aspects such as constantly changing tracks with their own small sections or movements. It is one of the most essential records of the genre, and even though I don't listen it much, it still deserves respect.

 Individual Thought Patterns by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.20 | 330 ratings

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Individual Thought Patterns
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars Understandably, this record doesn't get that much praise because it's sandwiched between the two most important Death Metal albums of all time. With that said, it's still an absolute masterpiece, it didn't really revolutionize death metal but it for sure provided an extension to the legendary Human. This record heavily inspired bands like Between The Buried And Me or Animals As Leaders, as well as an army of tech death metal bands.

Standouts would be Trapped In A Corner, Mentally Blind, Out Of Touch and my favorite Death track ever: The Philosopher! It's a masterpiece of Death Metal for sure, don't underestimate it!

 Human by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.21 | 413 ratings

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Human
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars I have always said this record is more important than the already-legendary Scream Bloody Gore because, while Scream Bloody Gore definitely was one of the pioneers of death metal, it wasn't the very first death metal album. Human is THE first progressive death metal album. I genuinely can't mention another album with a sense of dynamic and progressiveness as well achieved as in this record. Funnily enough, it got topped twice by the same band, that goes by the name of... DEATH!

There's eight tracks, but none of them are weak in any way. Standouts are Flattening Of Emotions, Lack Of Comprehension And Cosmic Sea. Legendary album, essential to the genre.

 The Sound of Perseverance by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.26 | 474 ratings

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The Sound of Perseverance
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars THE BEST Death album. It might be quite controversial because Symbolic is usually the record that receives that title, but I think The Sound Of Perseverance was when Death truly matured musically speaking.

Each track is so complex yet very easy to get into, and there's no moments wasted. The tracks can be hard hitting, like the opener, feature excellent guitar riffs, like Flesh And The Power It Holds, or be mellow dark, like the instrumental ballad Voice Of The Soul.

Standouts are Scavenger Of Human Sorrow, Spirit Crusher, Voice Of The Soul, Flesh And The Power It Holds And A Moment Of Clarity.

The end of a legendary band. Five Stars.

 Symbolic by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.27 | 598 ratings

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Symbolic
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Ian McGregor

5 stars I use the five star rating only when the record is objectively essential and I think it should only be that way, when the record broke boundaries within its genre, and revolutionized the way people looked at music. I personally don't like Death Metal, but most Death (the band) records fit in that category. Symbolic is one of them, and the most notable one.

I can properly say that this is the first Death Metal album that perfectly captured the definition of progressive death metal. It's not just a bunch of time signatures clashed together to make the album look complex, there's an actual sense of progressiveness present in the entire album. That is, in the constant switch between hard-hitting riffs and melodic sections with acoustic guitar that worked as foundations for bands like Opeth.

Essential. Can't be negotiated. Hate those growls though. Yuck!

 Human by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.21 | 413 ratings

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Human
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

5 stars An incredibly important album for Death and for its genre. Human pushed the boundaries of its genre to the next level, combining progressive aspects with the crushing energy of Death Metal. It is a perfect representation of the word quintessential within its genre.

Coming after the solid spiritual healing, Death decided to take an important turn from their signature raw sound into a more polished and technical approach to Death Metal, and this turn would not only effect the band positively, it would put them in the throne of Death Metal. Hundreds of bands started copying and imitating what Death creatively conceived in this eight track and thirty minute album. No weak tracks, many classics of Death Metal, this album still remains a bastion of the genre, and it's essential for any Death Metal fan.

Five stars, no doubt.

 Individual Thought Patterns by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.20 | 330 ratings

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Individual Thought Patterns
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

5 stars A more slightly underrated Death album, and I say slightly because it's definitely a very respected record. With that said, the last four Death records are in my opinion very well deserved five star albums. That is mostly due to their significance to the Death Metal genre and because they're amazing records by themselves.

Individual Thought Patterns further explores the brilliant progressive death metal idea that Human first brought to the table. It features perfect musicality and technicality is off the charts. Each band member shines in a certain way or another, but mostly Chuck, who impregnates his high-pitched death metal vocals and melodic guitar solos.

It's five stars in my opinion. Probably the worst of their last four records but still a marvel of an album.

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