1998. The Sound of Perseverance
is the seventh and final album by Legendary band Death. The album was released on September 15, The only album to feature guitarist Shannon Hamm, bassist Scott Clendenin and drummer Richard Christy.
The album, in particular, employs a style more akin to progressive metal than the earliest Death releases, although since Human and the albums following it, the band had been developing more toward this style. The average song length on this album is around six minutes. Also, it was a breakthrough album for drummer and later radio star Richard Christy, in the tradition of previous drummers like Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert.
The album features “Voice of the Soul”, an instrumental track that contrasts with almost every other work of the band in its inclusion of softer guitars and lack of percussion. In an interview done in March 1999, Chuck Schuldiner stated that Voice of the Soul was actually written during the Symbolic sessions.
Some of the song names and music on The Sound of Perseverance were originally going to appear on the first Control Denied album, The Fragile Art of Existence. Schuldiner himself denied this in an interview with Metal Maniacs in 1998 by saying that none of his compositions for Control Denied had been used to fill space for a Death album. Schuldiner implied that some Control Denied songs were used for The Sound of Perseverance in an interview with Scream Magazine in October 1999, when he stated that The Fragile Art of Existence “contains a lot of music I didn’t have in mind originally. Most of the material was completed in 1996-97.” Also, Tim Aymar, in December 2010, confirmed that a few of the Control Denied songs had been, in his words, “‘Deathized’ and recorded on TSOP.” When Death was signed on to Nuclear Blast, Schuldiner agreed to make one last Death album before moving forward with Control Denied.
This is Death at their best. This is death metal at its best. This is a metal classic in every way, and is a necessary purchase. If you call yourself a fan of extreme metal, you can’t go though your life and not have heard this album at least once, and I would find it hard to believe if you didn’t love every second of this awesome, awesome album.
still consider this to be a masterpiece and a great last breath of life for Death.
Chuck Schuldiner Richard Christy Shannon Hamm Scott Clendenin