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  • Death play super advanced, technical metal which falls somewhere between the progressive and death metal subgenres but cant truly be said to belong to either. This album displays a collection of dense, tightly constructed songs which are remarkable in that there is a wealth of melody and accessible elements buried beneath the, admittedly daunting, abrasive exterior. Death’s greatest strength seems to be their knack of introducing extremely melodic aspects to the complexity of polyrhythmic, dual guitar soaked, byzantine death metal song structures. For instance, the lead riff of ‘Trapped in a corner’ is catchy, yet jerky and twisting, designed to emphasise an inescapable situation. The song builds to an instrumental interlude, and climazes on a guitar solo which owes as much to thrash metal as early death (metal), yet wouldn’t sound out of place in a Maiden song. To return to the records tight construction, it is worth noting the immacualte attention to detail and careful self editing present. None of the songs are particuarly long, a melodic idea never outstays its welcome, while the instrumental parts, as complex as they are, are intertwined beautifully to allow for the listener to unravel their delights over time. The playing is world class, and Chuck Schulinder’s singing and lyrics exhibit more than enough competency to propel Death far above most fare of this kind. Focusing on particular songs is hard here, as each piece is so dense and intricate that only many repeated listens will really do them justice. I can say that they are certainly more accessible than anything on ‘Human’, also a great album, and that the guitar playing has advanced immeasurably.
    ‘Individual thought patterns’ is basically mandatory for fans of extreme metal. It is practically flawless, each song contains at least four or five little unique moments which mark them as favourites for life. I would also recommend this CD to progressive metal fans looking to widen their worldview and absorb something that has no prog influences and very little in the way of excess. Highly recommended.

    Posted on November 17, 2009