The seventh and final studio album by Florida's death metal pioneers Death threatens to catch fire on a few occasions, but ignites just once. To Forgive Is To Suffer arrives late in The Sound Of Perseverance songlist, and ties up all the loose ends with a harrowing melody that serves as the theme for the next black night of evil, riffs pregnant with menace to harm most painfully.
The bonus track cover of Judas Priests' Painkiller does everything right and adds a soulfully interesting wrinkle to one of the solos, Death paying tribute to one of metal's transformational tracks.
After The Sound Of Perseverance band founder and main influence Schuldiner suspended Death and evolved his sound under the name Control Denied, but he soon passed away from brain cancer at the end of 2001. The Sound Of Perseverance may not be a masterpiece, but it's a good testimonial to Schuldiner's essential contribution to metal.
Shannon Hamm - Guitar
Chuck Schuldiner - Guitars, Vocals
Scott Clendenin - Bass
Richard Christy - Drums
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow - 7
2. Bite The Pain - 6
3. Spirit Crusher - 8
4. Story To Tell - 7
5. Flesh And The Power It Holds - 8
6. Voice Of The Soul - 7
7. To Forgive Is To Suffer - 10
8. Moment Of Clarity - 8
9. Painkiller - 10 (bonus track)
Produced by Jim Morris and Chuck Schuldiner.
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jim Morris.
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