In my mind, “Lack Of Comprehension” was the start of the final climax. The beginning of the end of the greatest death metal band, ever. The album Human (1991) boasts the band’s most exemplary lineup.

There is no doubt Death is the most successful death metal band ever. One of the undisputed pioneers of the genre, there was a time when Scream, Bloody, Gore was a staple for me wherever I traveled. One of my most treasured concert experiences was seeing Death (Leprosy) and Dark Angel (Leave Scars) at the Cubby Bear Lounge (Chicago, IL). Rick Rozz (Guitarist – Death, Massacre) drew a pentagram on my ticket stub!

While Death wasn’t the greatest touring band (known to cancel tours constantly at the last minute), they are one of the few metal acts who can honestly boast they’ve never released a bad album. Every Death album is as unique as it is brutal.

As the band’s career unfolded, rumors began to swirl that Chuck was beginning to feel pigeonholed by the genre he helped create. Feeling he had taken death metal to the limit, more attention was paid to his side project, Control Denied.

I believe this has always been a logical progression for Chuck as a musician and this is evident in Death’s music. A real musician speaks to a listening audience through melody, not words. Just listen to the guitars and you’ll know what I mean.

In my mind, “Lack Of Comprehension” was the start of the final climax. The beginning of the end of the greatest death metal band, ever. The album Human (1991) boasts the band’s most exemplary lineup.

Although many would cite Symbolic (1995) as that album, I believe Cynic drummer Sean Reinert (R.I.P. – 2020) paired with Cynic guitarist Paul Masvidal and Sadus bassist Steve DiGiorgio was the act’s most ‘Death Metal’ line-up. Pushing the genre in progressive directions and creating a sound that was perfected on future releases.

“Lack Of Comprehension” was a music video that really hit home. I was 21 at the time and had begun to identify my own personal struggles. This song and music video helped me realize the excuses I was making to myself. I quickly realized, change needs to come within one’s own self.

Supposedly the song was written about the Judas Priest: Stained Glass trial.  Upset how parents justified suicide by blaming Judas Priest for “inserting suicidal messages” into their songs, instead of accepting the fact that they had set poor examples as parents.

Anyone who follows metal knows the end to this tragic tale. Chuck Schuldiner was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away at the tender age of 34. (R.I.P. – 2001)

Although his loss is truly insurmountable the impact he made on music will resonate, forever! \m/

Death (1991) :

  • Chuck Schuldiner – Vocals, Guitar
  • Paul Masvidal – Guitar
  • Steve Di Giorgio – Bass
  • Sean Reinert – Drums
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