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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)

3.01 | 195 ratings
Scream Bloody Gore
1987
3.10 | 200 ratings
Leprosy
1988
3.48 | 184 ratings
Spiritual Healing
1990
4.21 | 439 ratings
Human
1991
4.17 | 357 ratings
Individual Thought Patterns
1993
4.28 | 629 ratings
Symbolic
1995
4.25 | 502 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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 Human by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.21 | 439 ratings

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Human
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars The highly-acclaimed project of Chuck Schuldiner shows signs of metamorphic breakout as Cynic members Paul Masvidal (guitar) and Sean Reinert (drums) and new bassist, Sean Reinart inject a whole new speed and technical skill into Chuck's ideas. The Flaw for me here is not in the music but in the singing: Chuck's delivery is very much one dimensional in every way possible--even pitch. Therefore, I will warn the reader that my song-by-song ratings are based more on the instrumental contributions though I cannot help but downgrade for the presence of the grating drone thread of Chuck's voice in every song.

1. "Flattening of Emotions" (4:28) impressive sound, technical skill, and timing. Great albeit brief lead guitar touches. But that vocal! (8.5/10)

2. "Suicide Machine" (4:19) flat. (8/10)

3. "Together as One" (4:06) a little variation in the screaming. (8.5/10)

4. "Secret Face" (4:36) less vocal presence = more instrumental shine. (8.75/10)

5. "Lack of Comprehension" (3:39) What! Sensitivity and delicacy--and flanged drums and effected guitar! Short-lived but interesting. (8.25/10)

6. "See Through Dreams" (4:26) I find the time shifts on this one, as well its bridges and extended guitar solos, to be more in the vein of music that I like--despite the fact that the time shifts often feel a bit random and inexplicable (i.e. unnecessary). I like hearing the bass this prominently. (9/10)

7. "Cosmic Sea" (4:23) An instrumental! paced a little more humanely over its first half, with more standard metal arrangement and sonicsphere, this one definitely feels more like what I'd call "progressive rock music" or "prog." guest bassist Skott Carino's work is also quite prominent and interesting. The second half's STEVE VAI-like guitar work is also different and quite impressive. This, to me, is a great prog metal song, one filled with more broad strokes and effects than most of the other songs. (10/10)

8. "Vacant Planets" (3:48) the sound is now well established, as are the vocal stylings, here we get to hear some more extended lead guitar solos. As impressive is the drummer's low end stamina, the snare work here does not always fit very well with the guitars and bass. (8.5/10)

Total Time 33:45

I am most impressed with the skill of these musicians--especially with drumer Sean Reinert and the way guitarist Paul Masvidal can sneak in some incredibly effective and memorable lead flourishes into such small spaces.

B/four stars; a solid submission to Prog World that will probably be an exciting addition to any Prog Metal lover's music collection.

 Symbolic by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.28 | 629 ratings

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Symbolic
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Nhelv

5 stars Simply put, this record is to Death Metal what Close To The Edge is to progressive rock. It's an essential record that completely flipped the tables and introduced never-heard ideas to the death metal genre (progressive death metal, in this case).

Chuck Schuldiner has already made revolutionary changes within the genre with 'Human', which introduced and started Death's more progressive era. Symbolic is the culmination of this era, a culmination that would persist even on the next album. The high-pitched growls and insane technique from the musicians combined with Chuck's melodic guitar solos make up for one hell of a treat.

An undisputed classic within death metal. This record was miracle when it was released and it still is. Five Stars, no doubt.

 The Sound of Perseverance by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.25 | 502 ratings

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The Sound of Perseverance
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Nhelv

5 stars Following something like Symbolic wasn't going to be easy for Death. By that time, Death were already the kings of Death Metal due to their sheer influence and revolutionary additions to the genre. Death Metal became something that would actually last to this day as an obscure, but respected, genre.

In all honesty, The Sound Of Perseverance is kinda like Individual Thought Patterns in how they both follow up legendary albums and don't really add much to the genre compared to their predecessors, but regardless, they're both solid and very well made albums.

This album continues the melodic progressive death metal sound that Symbolic established, and it does an excellent job, at some points doing even better than Symbolic itself. The Death you'll hear in this record is miles more mature than the one in Scream Bloody Gore or Spiritual Healing. This record is highly recommend and it's for sure one of the best of the genre. Five Stars.

 The Sound of Perseverance by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.25 | 502 ratings

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The Sound of Perseverance
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars In my limited Death experience and exposure so far, I think this is the culmination of the band's efforts. They already cemented their top spot in progressive death metal but new bands like Opeth are taking the genre to new heights. The band knows how to impress on each instrument be it bass guitar or drums. Vocal has evolved into black metal shrieking (higher pitched), which doesn't move it as I still don't like it :) The first track sets the bar very high with syncopated drumming up to furious drumming, great guitar motives. "Bit the pain" is a bit of departure from ultra-heavy death metal to more adventurous heavy prog-metal and singing is greatly reduced. "Spirit crusher" has devilish drums as well as guitar soloing. "Voice of the soul" is the mellowest song by Death ever, acoustic and electric guitar played together in a sensitive manner without drums disturbing. On the other hand, "To forgive is to suffer" is one of the heaviest attacks in particular when the vocal/drum tandem break in.

The album presents the sheer brilliance of the band which mastered the combination of progressive and technical death metal and didn't sound too pompous at the same time. One of the top technical death metal albums.

 Symbolic by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.28 | 629 ratings

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Symbolic
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars Death didn't rest on laurels and prepared another death cake (or a gift?) full of brutality, screaming and blazing speed in playing. The album is very complex with frequent changes and plenty of ideas. It makes it perhaps less accessible to the more casual Death fans like me. A great track to start is "Zero tolerance" with slower rhythms in the beginning, and accessible guitar. All tracks have technical elements but when I should pick the clear progressive winner, 1. "Sacred Serenity" has harder and quiet sides with winning guitar playing. 2. "Perennial Quest" is the opus of the album with monstrous complexity unheard before. Acoustic guitar appears in the moody outro. Another Death album with a high standard and dozens of things to analyze for repeated listens.
 Individual Thought Patterns by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.17 | 357 ratings

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Individual Thought Patterns
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars When you look at the album and title names, you think of modern prog-metal bands. The music is equally intellectual but what a brutality! Bass drums and drumming speed have surpassed the first thrash-influenced albums and I'm thankful for that. There are some interesting irregular rhythms ("Mentally blind", "Individual thought patterns"), great fill-ins and muscular bass, listen to "Jealousy" for its more prominent sound. "Nothing is everything" contains what we can say a hint of melody, bass guitar attack and the madness is topped by super busy complex drumming. Certainly one of the most memorable tracks here. The band's instrumental interplay is marvelous and never goes over the top as they switch among more complex and straightforward bursts of death metal. Vocally, the singer made a step forward - he tries to a few exercises here with growling but the main focus is on guitar playing. The technical significance of this album and what it started are indisputable.
 Human by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1991
4.21 | 439 ratings

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Human
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars This is the album where progressive elements start to be overwhelming or at least equal the death metal ones. Still, there is the same amount of heaviness - intensive drumming, aggressive guitars and screaming. Surprisingly, the songs are quite short, no beating 5 minutes. The album starts off by intensive drumming and turning into a complex guitar supported rhythm long before a more conventional death metal scheme kicks in. There are couple of standouts - "Secret face" is en essential piece of progressive death metal - it features different moods, styles. "Cosmic sea" is like out of different Death planet, absolute moody and spacey with keyboards followed by killer blistering guitar solo. "Vacant planets" first sounds like a straight death-metal number but the middle section is jaw-dropping.
 Spiritual Healing by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.48 | 184 ratings

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Spiritual Healing
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Getting more progressive? Definitely, just listen to the amount of technicality in the first track - from the elaborate riffing, prog metal rhythms, the beast instrumental part, splendid guitar solo. There is more focus on instrumental prowess, which, taken the average vocal into account, is a welcome change. "Altering the future" doesn't cut down on amount of experimentation. Starting pretty doomy and then evolving into a prog-death pattern, gone are the days of straightforward thundering death metal attack. While there isn't any memorable melodies, it is amazing how differently each song can be played. "Defensive personalities" offers a rare vocal-solid track due to dabbling in advanced growling. The most memorable thing, though, is the central riffing motive. As you go through the tracks, you may recognize that some riffs are similar; however drumming and guitar soloing are pretty diverse. The closing "Killing spree" is a return to more straightforward crushing death metal.
 Leprosy by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.10 | 200 ratings

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Leprosy
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

2 stars I think that the second Death album is a bit more ambitious but overall it remains a death-metal record with raw energy as the main contributor. It can be heard that instrumentally, the band belongs to the upper level. Drumming, growling and guitar playing is intensive. I like riffing in particular sequences that are either doom or progressive. In terms of composing, I'd say the main points of attention are rhythm changes. Guitar playing is very good. I dislike vocals a lot, their colour is not my cup of tea. Some highlights include "Left to die" thanks to its mid instrumental section, "Pull the plug" has great rhythm changes and dark riffing. "Open casket" has pretty good drumming. "Choke on it" has a good climax for death- metal fans. Not much to offer to a prog fan.
 Individual Thought Patterns by DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.17 | 357 ratings

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Individual Thought Patterns
Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gallifrey

2 stars Listening diary 20th June, 2021: Death - Individual Thought Patterns (technical death metal, 1993)

One of the biggest examples of a band, and perhaps even an entire genre, just not being to my taste would be the iconic eponymous death metal band. I saw this album described as being "at least 50% solos" which perhaps explains my distaste for it, alongside the purposefully ugly aesthetics in tone and production. I have a lot of respect for Schuldiner and his craft, but the only thing I really have any praise for here is the bass guitar, which has quite a nice tone and is reasonably well represented. The guitars, vocals and drums all sound like utter garbage and at least half of the music here is amelodic shredding. Really, truly just not for me.

2.9 (3rd listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog - www.facebook.com/TheExoskeletalJunction

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