This is the fourth LP by Chuck Schuldiner’s Death and it features an all new line up. Chuck recruited Steve DiGiorgio from Sadus to help out with the bass tracks, and Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal from Cynic on drums and guitar, respectively. I’ll give Chuck credit, he knows how to pick ‘em. Sean’s drum-work is nothing short of perfect. Chuck and Paul work flawlessly together on the guitars. Their sound is not really that heavy, though. It’s more akin to Forbidden than to one of the founding Death Metal bands. But this is more precise than brutal. Like surgery instead of a nuclear strike. Steve’s bass tracks are inspiring. Chucks vocals continue to become less raw and more understandable, although they are still far from smooth. For the most part, I like the lyrics and there is even an instrumental, “Cosmic Sea.” But this is not the Death of old, Chuck traded aggression and brutality for technicality, complexity and precision. If he could’ve stayed as brutal as Scream Bloody Gore and had this precision, then this would be a ten. Although it’s still pretty close. And yes, I still think Chuck is a dick.
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