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Finally available again, the fourth legendary Death album ‘Human’ first released in 1991. When it comes to recording technically demanding songs, Chuck Schuldiner, Steve DiGiorgio, Sean Reinert and Paul Masdival have it in the bag. Fans will really get their money’s worth out of this one!
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Human can be taken as the mark in Death's career where the songwriting and overall composition really started to become more evolved, so to speak. Up until this point, Death had more or less been within the same style as a lot of early death metal bands (Obituary, Possessed, Morbid Angel, etc), albeit with the vocals being a tad less guttural. But Chuck, always a dedicated and talented musician prone to musical progression, then took it upon himself to bring in similar musicians who shared his virtuosity to accomplish the next step in his musical journey. Said musicians were Sean Reinert on drums and Paul Masvidal on guitar (both of future Cynic fame), as well as the almighty Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Armed with a new and highly talented lineup, Chuck set about writing the now-legendary Human.
Death's first three albums can be described by anything but broken, yet Death have progressed into something much bigger and better. It takes true courage to change your musical style, especially when you are at what everyone think is the top of your game. Very little artists try, many of those who try fail, but Chuck Schuldiner tried and succeeded, and thanks to his bravery today we enjoy the masterpiece that is Human.
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"Human" is a breakthrough work, both in the work of the group, and in this direction as a whole. The material on this record is, perhaps, more meaningful, compared with previous works. The guys did not focus on anything specific, they thought through the whole picture of the album entirely, which is very commendable. Starting with this work, Death began to noticeably progress, thereby raising the bar, and with each following album they presented us with new and interesting things. Technique and melody of the songs have improved significantly, due to which the album has become little in common with its predecessors. In addition, the group moved to a new label Relativity, and the record gained a completely new sound. Talking about the energy that this opus carries in me, I can say that he listens in one breath, and at the same time for only 34 minutes you can feel an unreal drive, which you may not even get any of the previous three works. And the instrumental number of "Cosmic Sea" and generally plunges the listener into ecstasy, immersing it in the atmosphere of the cosmos, which carries a lot of interesting things and secrets. It's impossible not to notice that the guitarists are giving out the same excellent solos, and Steve DiGiorgio's work, as always, can only be admired. Competent and well-coordinated work of musicians in the team gave us this wonderful record. As for strong things, it's hard for me to single out any specific compositions, here they are all good. But, nevertheless, I will notice that my favorite song is "Suicide Machine", that I can not argue ... So, in 1991, Chuck pleasantly surprised us with his work, which literally put the group on a new level and became the starting line In their development. The next work "Individual Thought Patterns" will present us with more fresh ideas and innovations, but the role of "Human" in this chain is one of the most important in the development of the group.
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