Monday, 7 October 2013
CD Review: Human, by Death (1991)
With a brand new band line-up, Chuck Schuldiner returns with Death's fourth studio album. Human is progressive technical jazz death metal, filled with innovative compositions that defy any form of conventional structure.
There is no denying the technical excellence of the material, the jazz beats, the numerous signature changes within each song, and the pure innovation in helping to create a brand of death metal with plenty of melodic injections and ambitious structures.
But the songs of Human exist in their own universe of extremely limited attention spans, where a theme is born, nurtured and dismissed within about 20 seconds, the deck always hastily cleared for the next theme to stampede into the song, only to suffer a similar half-life fate. Enjoyment is therefore at the micro-level, and any quest for overarching or sustained themes ends in disappointment. See Through Dreams has the longest cohesive segments, but nevertheless struggles for a unified identity.
It's almost a relief when the cover of the Kiss track God Of Thunder arrives (included on the 2011 re-issue), a reminder that metal compositions can carry a homogeneous melody over 4 minutes.
Chuck Schuldiner – Guitar, Vocals
Paul Masvidal – Guitar
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass
Sean Reinert – Drums
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Flattening Of Emotions - 7
2. Suicide Machine - 7
3. Together As One - 7
4. Secret Face - 7
5. Lack Of Comprehension - 7
6. See Through Dreams - 8
7. Cosmic Sea - 7
8. Vacant Planets - 7
9. God Of Thunder - 8
Produced by Scott Burns and Chuck Schuldiner.
Recorded and Mixed by Scott Burns. Mixed by Alan Douches.
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