Death metal fans....favorite Death album

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No, not favorite death metal album, favorite album from the late Chuck Schuldiner's amazing band. Been listening to them a lot lately, find their career to have a nice variety depending on your mood. From the raw years of Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, to the more progressive Human and Individual Thought Patterns, even the wankier stuff like Sound of Perseverance or the artier stuff like Symbolic. So WHICH ONE IST KRIEG OF ALL THE PENGUINS?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Individual Thought Patterns 7
Symbolic 3
Leprosy 3
Scream Bloody Gore 2
Sound of Perseverance 2
Pre-Scream Demos (explain) 1
Human 1
Spiritual Healing 1
Fate: The Best of Death 0
Live in L.A. (Death and Raw) 0
Live in Eindhoven 0
None I liked Control Denied better (um wtf)0


Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 23:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Are we allowed to base our votes solely on sleeve design? If so, then I vote for this:

http://shop.obscure-abhorrence.com/cover/1963deathleprosy120080117.jpg

As a horror-movie obsessed 12-year-old, I thought this was just about the coolest thing in the world. In fact, in constitutes one of those rare instances where I was actually kind of scared to buy the actual record b/c it just looked that evil.

Pillbox, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 23:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's a solid album too. I had not heard much about it from fans since it often got overlooked compared to their other releases, but I couldn't quit playing it when I finally picked it up last year. Just flat out rocks.

For the record, I picked Symbolic (which I'm listening to now), but that could change any day of the week.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 23:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Weird timing, I've been listening to Death all week - checking out some instrumental Scream Bloody Gore demos, waiting for this to come in the mail, listening to Sound of Perseverance with relish. I think Human may have been the first proper death metal album I bought, and it kinda fucked with my mind - clerks in the record store were playing it and everybody was standing around going "what the fuck" and I was like "ok sell me this please." Haven't heard it in years though. I had it on a fuckin cassette. Symoblic's got "Crystal Mountain" (but so does that live at the Troub one, which I think of every time I go there)...for me it's hard to choose, because the early stuff is so vital, but the proggy stuff is so good. I know a lot of people don't dig Death both because Chuck went Xian & because the progginess of the whole project ended up running counter to what death metal sorta turned out be about but fuck that, I love tech-death.

I am gonna wait to vote on this one, since I'm just entering a listen-to-Death phase and we've got a week, I'm sure everybody is very excited to hear me thinking out loud on this shit :/

J0hn D., Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

Individual Thought Patterns was the first Death album I heard as a teenager, and I got pretty deep into it.

I always found it extraordinary that they were from Florida, as their music evokes mist-shrouded, mountainous, Northern European landscapes perfectly.

chap, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 02:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

Voted Symbolic, but every album after Spiritual is great. I was never into the old stuff, for me it got interesting once Chuck started getting really good players, like Sean Reinert en Paul Masvidal (both of Cynic) on Human, and Gene Hoglan on the next two records.

Marty Innerlogic, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 08:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I really only like Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, but I love both of those. I can't stand Individual Thought Patterns, Spiritual Healing of Sounds Of Perseverance, too much prog I guess. I like some of Human & Symbolic though.

I guess I'm not really a troo death metal fan, though.

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 08:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

Coincidentally I was listening to an Early Demos bootleg yesterday/this morning - sound quality was awful, anyone know if the demos that are on the Zero Tolerance CD are listenable?

Colonel Poo, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 09:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

they're pretty awful, as i recall, the old ones anyway. listenable enough to me.

i can't decide whether to vote SBG or leprosy. i've got nothing against the later ones, those are just my favorites.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 11:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's a tie for me between Human and Individual Thought Patterns. I like Symbolic, too, but those first two prog-tech-Death records are just so fucking great. I think I will listen to both of them today and then make a decision.

unperson, Wednesday, 23 July 2008 12:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Symbolic just keeps pulling away...man, that riff that closes the album. Just...shivers!

I really like Human but it seems like I'm NEVER in the mood for it. Individual Thought Patterns is classic too.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 27 July 2008 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Human is "better" but I cast what will probably be the only vote for Spiritual Healing because it's my favorite - "Living Monstrosity!" First pro-life death metal song?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 27 July 2008 17:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

ITP for me, what I like best about it is the drawn out, meandering, jam session-like feel of it. Unlike all the other albums which were always more compact, structured. SBG would be #2 as it was the first of them I heard, young me could hardly believe metal could be any more brutal. Fuck I loved this band, although Symbolic was the first realisation that they would not get better each album anymore.

Siegbran, Sunday, 27 July 2008 18:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Either Sound of Perseverance or Symbolic...

A. Begrand, Sunday, 27 July 2008 18:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

playing Scream Bloody Gore right now....

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Sunday, 27 July 2008 22:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

When I was in 9th grade, I was walking the halls between classes. I noticed there was a wide open locker with nothing in it except the cassette of Scream Bloody Gore.

I took it home and listened to "Regurgitated Guts" and "Zombie Ritual" over and over.

That album was meant to come into my life that day, and it has never left (though I seem to listen to it exclusively on vinyl now).

Nate Carson, Monday, 28 July 2008 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

What a completely awesome story!!!

J0hn D., Monday, 28 July 2008 00:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna be voting ITP.

unperson, Monday, 28 July 2008 02:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Thursday, 31 July 2008 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

hey dude who voted for the demos: explain yourself

J0hn D., Friday, 1 August 2008 01:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I only have Sound of Perseverance, have yet to be able to get very far into it. Something about his vocals bother me. Of course, it's possible that once I'm able to get through the whole album, my view on that will change.

Jeff Treppel, Friday, 1 August 2008 02:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

very surprised Human didn't do better, but I'm down with the ITP pick

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Friday, 1 August 2008 02:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Been rediscovering ITP lately - great stuff, some dazzling playing. They sure do pack the time signature shifts in.

chap, Friday, 26 June 2009 15:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Leprosy. I prefer the mid-to-late 80's transition period from Thrash to Death Metal more than proper Death Metal itself, generally.

dorkus malorkus (latebloomer), Friday, 26 June 2009 16:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Just listening to Symbolic for the first time in maybe a decade. Fucking epic.

I am flesh and blood. You are software and circuitry. (chap), Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Symbolic is an album I'm feeling again right now. too soon, Chuck...too soon. you are still missed.

melody-hating aggr0 nerd (San Te), Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:17 (six years ago) Permalink

leprosy until the end

naked human hands and a foam rubber head (contenderizer), Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Leprosy is fantastic. some h8 on it cuz it's sandwiched between their thrash/death era and their tech death era, but the songs just flat out rock.

melody-hating aggr0 nerd (San Te), Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:22 (six years ago) Permalink

How could anyone with ears hate on Leprosy?

kkvgz, Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Metalheads can be tards

melody-hating aggr0 nerd (San Te), Sunday, 24 October 2010 18:06 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I fucking LOVE this:

When I was in 9th grade, I was walking the halls between classes. I noticed there was a wide open locker with nothing in it except the cassette of Scream Bloody Gore.

I took it home and listened to "Regurgitated Guts" and "Zombie Ritual" over and over.

That album was meant to come into my life that day, and it has never left (though I seem to listen to it exclusively on vinyl now).

I love Human and don't know the others very well at all yet...

Clarke B., Friday, 2 March 2012 03:03 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man...you are in for treats, let me tell you. not all of them are immediate, but once you absorb them, they're amazing.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Friday, 2 March 2012 04:07 (five years ago) Permalink

My fave fluctuates between Symbolic and ITP. I like em proggy, but not too proggy.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Friday, 2 March 2012 04:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Symbolic is mine now. occasionally has moments that are....pretty!

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Friday, 2 March 2012 04:22 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

god Leprosy is so fucking great. Chuck's voice was really one of a kind. I loved his vox even in the later days but he just outright didn't care about shredding his throat on the early stuff.

you can totally hear the Rozz influence on this album too. I mean I love SBG and all but it's small potatoes compared to Leprosy.

getting strange ass all around the globe (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Human 1
Spiritual Healing 1

what in the goddamn hell

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:22 (three years ago) Permalink

It's likely that I voted for Spiritual Healing. It was my intro to Death (and death metal) and will always have a special place in my heart.

how's life, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:03 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

put on Symbolic for the first time in a while. god this shit is just like perfect. great balance of melodicism, rawkin', and meedly-meedly leads.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:17 (one year ago) Permalink

When I was in 9th grade, I was walking the halls between classes. I noticed there was a wide open locker with nothing in it except the cassette of Scream Bloody Gore.

I took it home and listened to "Regurgitated Guts" and "Zombie Ritual" over and over.

I keep thinking of this forlorn guy who spent years trying to get his tape back

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 17 May 2016 00:18 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I feel like at their peak (IMO, between Human - Symbolic), they might just have been the best progressive death band alive.

listening to Symbolic again now and still gives me chills....

Neanderthal, Sunday, 4 December 2016 01:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

also insane to me this is the 15th anniversary of his death in a few weeks. :(

Neanderthal, Sunday, 4 December 2016 01:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I feel like at their peak (IMO, between Human - Symbolic), they might just have been the best progressive death band alive.

Siegbran, Sunday, 4 December 2016 18:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

I think Individual Thought Patterns might have been like.....the fourth death metal album I bought? I think after Six Feet Under's horrible Warpath, Cannibal Corpse's Gallery of Suicide, and Carcass's Heartwork. was enamored with the fluidity of the leads, as well as Chuck's vocals, and yet it still wasn't afraid to be heavy, which is my #1 problem with a lot of tech/progressive death.

I loved that Death to All tour a few years ago as well.

Symbolic I didn't acquire until 2007 but it was practically the soundtrack to my summer that year.

Neanderthal, Sunday, 4 December 2016 21:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

yeah what a legacy. all the albums still sound good. always reward a revisit. an all-time band.

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 5 December 2016 01:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

i love this band more than almost any other band

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 5 December 2016 03:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

i'd include sound of perserverance in the peak. it was the third metal record i ever bought (after leviathan and in the nightside eclipse) and it still surprises me

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 5 December 2016 03:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

it's a great album. jsut doesn't quite hit the same peaks for me, but it holds up nicely.

Neanderthal, Monday, 5 December 2016 04:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

I don't like the production on Perserverance. Not enough oomph, vocals too high in the mix.

chap, Monday, 5 December 2016 11:43 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I can never find this damn thread, lol

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:12 (four months ago) Permalink

I love that on Individual Thought Patterns, as catchy and techy as the album is, there are some pummeling Leprosy-esque riffs lurking around the corner periodically.

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:13 (four months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Chuck never really lost that Death were a metal band, even when he get all proggy.

On the opposite end of the spectrum of Death, I am listening to Scream Bloody Gore and it is still faaaaantastic.

The Man Who Saw The Midwife (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 6 August 2017 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

fuck yessssssss

Neanderthal, Sunday, 6 August 2017 12:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I listened to Symbolic while jogging a few times in the last few months. lol @ me but also it ruled.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 01:09 (two months ago) Permalink


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