Friday, November 13, 2009

Death - Human

8/10

This is Death's transitional album. The first four songs are fairly straightforward Death songs that are perfectly fine, but par for the course. However, the last four are much more technical and progressive than what had came before it. The instrumental "Cosmic Sea" is my favorite track; it's not really a death metal song, but it's wild and just as spacy-sounding as its title, with keyboards that enhance the atmosphere without taking total control of the song.
Some people and sites (anus.com in particular) have claimed that Death's output including and after this albumwas "commercial," but I think they've been listening to nothing but extreme metal for wayyy too long; I certainly can't see stuff like this topping any charts any time soon. I can understand why some people would prefer the band's earlier, rawer material, but this is still metal through and through.

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