Re-issue of the 3rd Death LP.
Each Death album represents a progressive advance in the genre that shared the band’s name. Here Chuck Schuldiner and co. focus on technical and compositional complexity rather than bludgeoning brutality, aided by the liquid leads of Wunderkind James Murphy (no, not the LCD Soundsystem guy). Lyrical content moves on from the grotesqueries of Leprosy to more psychological and social concerns. Back in 1990, it may have seemed a little polite amid newcomers like Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse as well as the burgeoning Swedish scene, but as an absolute cornucopia of quality riffs, it’s aged well.