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Saturday, September 10, 2005


Death-"Individual Thought Patterns"

"If the devil played metal he would sound like Deicide........
God on the other hand would create Individual Thought Patterns,
which is not merely a compliment."
(Review of Individual Thought Patterns by Wim Baelus, in Aardschok Magazine, July 1993, Netherlands)This excerpt from a review by Mr. Baelus is an excellent portrayal of the work done by Chuck Shuldiner (DEATH) and it definitely covers more than Individual Thought Patterns. Here is my review.

The sixth installation in a series of not just band changes but musical progressionw (the first noticable change was Human), Individual Thought Patterns was a testament to Mr. Shuldiner's vision, especially if you take a look at the professional musicians who took part on this musical journey...

Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus) - Bass
Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel) - Drums
Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) - Guitar

From a listener's perspective, without knowing any of Chuck's personal dilemmas or triumphs, this album covers the realm of emotion and deep thought. Starting with the blistering fast opener "Overactive Imagination", all the way to the epic closer "The Philosopher", DEATH demands that you understand that not all death metal is about finalizing your pact with the underworld nor is it for people who don't understand time signatures. In fact, the song "Nothing is Everything" begs to differ with the idea that death metal is for angry, evil youth with the lyrics:

"Living like us and sharingour day.In another world very faraway.
A different existence, yetvirtually the same.
Aggression is sadness andlaughter is pain.
Look deep into their eyes,for what they have to say.
Emotions take control of lifeeveryday.
Unpredictable variations ofbehavior, hold the key to themental door.
Where nothing is everything,and everything is nothing.
Staring beyond the wall athousand times over.
Seeing a part of them that isreal.
Just imagine how it might feel.
To be denied of what life hasto give.
Behind mental shadows theymust live.
Look deep into their eyes,for what they have to say.
Emotions take control of lifeeveryday."

It is quite the short song lyrically, but it shows Chuck's capacity to think beyond the normal,boring and pretentious song writing that tends to happen in the death metal community as well as the mainstream. Granted this album is filled to the brim with "cookie monster" vocals (I hate that term), but that's what "death" metal is made of and Chuck really knows how to lay the aggression on thick with reason and intellect. Beautiful dynamics between the musicians show in abundance throughout the album and it's very apparent when Mr. LaRocque takes hold of the strings on his axe. Such mind numbing fret work makes you wonder if Yngwie is somewhere out there being envious.
Chuck Shuldiner's guitar work is a source of inspiration, especially when he plays and sings at the same time. You can definitely hear how far he had come with his ability and skill. Steve DiGiorgio's fretless bass lines are sweet to the ears and far beyond what he was doing in Sadus (you can actually hear similar work on Cynics' Focus). As for Gene Hoglan, he is just a monster on the kit and an undeniable force behind the blazing symphony of technical brilliance on this timeless benchmark of all death metal bands.
In 1993, there were some really great bands that had a similar technical progressive sense but I truly feel that none of them had the forsight and vision that Chuck had as to where death metal would go.
R.I.P. Chuck (1967-2001)

Monday, September 05, 2005


Here's my review,in short, of Opeth's "Ghost Reveries"......

Granted I have only heard about 4 tracks from the cd, I can honestly say that it didn't grab me like their other cds. With Opeth, I have always liked their dabbles with the prog element and how they kept to their Death Metal roots with the exception of "Damnation" because it was the second half to "Deliverance" which I have seen a ton of reviewers overlook when critiqueing Opeth's work as a whole. (Especially on I was afraid that "Damnation" was a wrong turn at the time but I understood their 70's prog influence so I took it with an open mind and for the most part the cd was enjoyable but I was looking forward to their return the powerful depths of "Blackwater Park". Unfortunately that wasn't the case with their new release. Considering their relationship with Steve Wilson, I can understand why... Porcupine's new release wasn't to appealing either.... Sorry Guys:(


S.Y.L. "Alien"(

With every listen to this Blistering Mind Fuck, I can only fathom that Devin Townshend will blow up from pure aggression.... When I first heard their self titled long from being a debut(I know I was late) it took my head off my shoulders but "Alien" is such a brilliant piece of work especially since the band has four albums prior and that Mr. Townshend has his own solo projects( Oh well, what can you expect when you have Sgt.Major Machine Gunner Gene "The Machine" Holgan on Drums..... FUCK YEAH!!!

Fantomas "Suspended Animation"

What can I really say to do a proper review of a band of pioneers?? To all the people that say,"It's all been done"...Yeah, go back to cutting your wood you omish fuck!!

I defianetly haven't done enough research of the musical material from Ipecac Records(
I would hope that anyone who goes to the website actually has a brain when it comes to music.

Here's a quintessential list of music you must own:

Atheist-Unquestionable Presence
Opeth-Blackwater Park
Fantomas-The Director's Cut
Ironchrist-Getting the most out of your extinction
Tomahawk-Mit Gas
Michael Manring-Thonk
Iron Maiden-Piece of Mind

Peace Fuckers!!!