In 1983 at 16 years old, Chuck Schuldiner formed the legendary band Death in Orlando Florida (at the time named MANTAS). Their first LP, Scream Bloody Gore (1987 - Combat Records), was well received in the underground scene. Chuck was on his way to becoming a leader in the metal world after the album was released.
When the follow-up album, Leprosy was released a year later in 1988, the groundwork was laid for future epic works. The songs Pull the Plug and Open Casket offered glimpses into the future direction of Death's sound.
Spiritual Healing (1990 - Combat Records) was head and shoulders above previous efforts. The musicianship and recording quality was far more complex than earlier releases. The legendary James Murphy handled the second guitar duties on this album and his trademark licks are scattered throughout.
1991 would be an epic year for Death as a band and the entire death metal genre. Human truly took Death to the next level. Chuck, continuing the trend of fresh band mates on each album, recruited Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert on guitar/drums respectively (of Cynic fame) and Steve DiGiorgio (of Sadus) on bass. This quartet produced what is arguably one of the top 10 death metal recordings of all times. The perfect mix of progressive sound and raw speed that set the tone not only for subsequent albums but also upped the bar in terms of composition and musicianship for the progressive metal genre.
Individual Thought Patterns, released in 1993, continued to refine the progressive tonality of Human and also saw more lineup changes. Drummer Gene Hoglan of Dark Angel was brought on board replacing Sean Reinert and Andy LaRocque of King Diamond filled the role of guitarist Paul Masvidal.
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