MetalBite Review by Luka on 7/29/2001
Yet how can I call them thrash when this band (along with Possessed
) invented death metal itself?! Itís interesting how heavy metal standards have changed over time as bands like Nile
took the genre to the realms of absolute extremity, and pulled the name of death metal down into that murky pit right alongside themselves. Tragically the entire scene would soon get caught in a stale, unoriginal dead-end loop of blast-beats and guttural growls with almost no innovation, just a shallow race of who can go heavier and faster.
The "Sound of Perseverance"
, it seems, is not extreme enough to be branded the namesake of the band, but enough of this bullshit about extremities and labels, the music on this CD simply fucking rips! Chuck Schuldiner absolutely burns the strings with his eerie melodies and ear-splitting solos, while in the back the low tuned monster keeps the rhythm and jumps for the throat with itís brutal riffs as soon as the lead guitar stops. Richard Christy sure as hell knows how to pound that drum set and can easily take on any extreme metal skinsman. He can deliver brutal and crushing beats, pushing the double-bass kicks as fast as he can, while still playing intricate and complicated pieces with the hi-hat and ride bell, as well as an eerie, seemingly low-tuned Chinese cymbal! Itís the coolest-sounding thing Iíve heard on a drum set in a long time!
The songs have strange and complicated structures and I love it! You never see whatís coming next, and awesome riffs lurk at every corner. The solo, and riff right after 'Bite the Pain'
is simply unbelievable! This is what Heavy Metal means to me, that solo and riff, cranked to the max, is my best definition! And 'Voice of the Soul'
is simply the godly display of Chuckís raw talent on the guitar. But, unfortunately, some songs become a little stale and boring and Chuckís voice pisses me off, but doesnít take long before the good stuff comes roaring back and his half-clean voice becomes tolerable.
I donít even have to tell you how magnificent the production done here is, the names Jim Morris and Chuck Schuldiner should speak for themselves. One knows what heís doing, and the other knows exactly how he wants his album to turn out. The result is amazing, one of the best album productions Iíve ever heard.
I love the album title! The "Sound"
is dark, powerful, complicated thrash-death metal and itís tragic what happened to Chuck after this because his "Perseverance"
with Death, his originality and experience in the genre would mean so much to the metal world. This is a band unlike any other.
I always like to hear the word "perseverance" with a good band. Excellent album!
out of 10