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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 376 ratings

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5 stars In a time when progressive metal was still consolidating itself and death metal was still a baby, Chuck Schuldiner was already breaking barriers and revolutionizing the death metal, which he created.

This album is a very interesting and unique one. It is the beginning of the glorious progressive era of Death, it is a BIG turning point for progressive metal in general, specially for the heavier side of the force, because it represents the creation of another level of both progressive metal and death metal, completely revolutionizing the musical scene just by itself. To put this very simply and plainly, Human is both a classic and a quintessential album. so, if you find yourself anywhere near extreme metal / prog metal or even think about listening something about it, begin by listening this album.

This particular album right here was my first contact with extreme metal and extreme progressive metal and i have to say: from day one until now this album still amazes me. It has the unique quality of true masterpieces that is to never get old nor tiresome.

About the songs, musicianship and other features there are some thing i would like to state:

Musically, this album is a step or maybe even a jump forward for Chuck. Nothing that he ever done before had reached this level of complexity and what is even more amazing is the fact that Chuck was a self-taught player and composer with zero musical formal knowledge whatsoever. He basically, in his head, invented the music he composed. Of course, he truly invented nothing, as everything he invented already existed, but was never used as he used.

Each song follow a basic script: with guitars consisting of a broken rhythm fast riffing in odd time signatures usually made by Chuck, a very competent solo guitar, also in odd time signatures, bass playing technically complex and out of this world and drums that blast hard and crazy, complementing the music to make it well rounded and complete. In fact, the main instruments here are the riffing guitar and the furious drums.We can clearly see here that, in the short space of time of four years, Chuck immensely improved his playing abilities, as well as his ability and creativity to compose.

To this day another thing that incredibly amazes me is how it can be possible someone go from something like Spiritual Healing to Human, in the matters of musical complexity, technicality, quality and basically everything else there's to point in music. The evolution shown here is so drastic that its hard to believe that this is the same person.

Grade and final Thoughts:

I don't think that there is anything else more important to mention about this album, so i will be as painful as possible in this final part of my review. Human putted together musical brilliancy, quality, amazing playing, revolutionary music in only one short album. No matter what others may say, this album rocks and deserves the top grade for all its qualities and thats it. Class dismissed.

CCVP | 5/5 |


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