Classic Tracks: Death – Spirit Crusher

Posted in Old, Tracks on June 25th, 2009 by Alex

Chuck Schuldiner may have triggered the Death Metal genre with his band Death, but he took it in new, uncharted directions with the album The Sound Of Perseverance. This progressive metal masterwork almost never happened (Schuldiner intended to release an album with his new project Control Denied after disbanding Death in 1996, but instead opted for a further release via his original band), and is still underrated against a stellar back catalogue of work.

Frantic and complex riffs and frequent time changes compliment a change to his tried and tested vocal style into a Black Metal snarl.  Standout track Spirit Crusher lurches and stutters between frenetic thrash, melodic death and angular prog. The complex instrumental midsection contains some prodigious guitar solos and the whole song is underpinned by some of the best drumming you’ll hear provided by Richard Christy.

In the end, this album proved to be Schuldiner and consequently Death‘s swansong.  RIP Chuck, you are missed.

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