Human (Death album)

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Human
Studio album by Death
Released October 22, 1991
Genre Technical death metal, progressive metal
Length 38:21 (2011 re-issue)
Label Relativity, Relapse Records
Producer Scott Burns, Chuck Schuldiner
Death chronology
Spiritual Healing
(1990)
Human
(1991)
Fate: The Best of Death
(1992)

Human is the fourth album by death metal band Death, released in 1991. The album marked the beginning of a major stylistic change for Death, being more technically complex and progressive than the band's previous efforts. The lyrics are more introspective when compared to the gore-based lyrics of Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy or the social commentary on Spiritual Healing. This new style would continue to evolve on all following Death albums. The only album to feature guitarist Paul Masvidal, drummer Sean Reinert and the first to feature bassist Steve DiGiorgio.

Bass player Steve DiGiorgio left after the recording of this album (though he would later return to record Individual Thought Patterns). He was replaced by Skott Carino, who toured with the band in 1991 and 1992. Carino also recorded a few seconds of bass on "Cosmic Sea", and the rest of the song (including the bass solo) was recorded by DiGiorgio. The album also features guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert, both of the bands Æon Spoke and fellow technical death metal pioneers Cynic.

In 2011, Relapse Records and Perseverance Holdings Ltd. re-issued the album to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original release. This edition was remixed by Jim Morris of Morrisound Recording Studios, includes bonus tracks,[1] and was authorized by Schuldiner intellectual property lawyer Eric Greif.[2] Greif stated that it was necessary to remix the album since "unbelievably Sony lost the original tape of the album mixes and any attempt to remaster from a CD would be a ripoff".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Exclaim! favourable[5]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[6]

Human is a highly influential extreme metal album, according to Jeff Wagner in his 2010 text on progressive metal, Mean Deviation. It is Death's best-selling album, having sold 100,000 copies in the United States by 1995.[7] It was ranked number 82 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time, and a music video was made for the song "Lack of Comprehension", which received airplay on MTV.[citation needed]

As of 2008, Human had sold over 600,000 copies worldwide, with the U.S. Soundscan listed as 100,000 units.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Flattening of Emotions"   4:28
2. "Suicide Machine"   4:23
3. "Together as One"   4:10
4. "Secret Face"   4:39
5. "Lack of Comprehension"   3:43
6. "See Through Dreams"   4:39
7. "Cosmic Sea" (Instrumental) 4:27
8. "Vacant Planets"   3:52
9. "God of Thunder" (Paul Stanley) (Kiss cover, originally a Japan-only bonus track,[8] but included on the Relapse remixed reissue, June 2011) 4:00
Total length:
38:21

Appearances in media[edit]

Sales[edit]

United States 100,000
Worldwide sales 600,000

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 Heatseekers
34

Personnel[edit]

Death
Production
  • David Bett – art direction
  • Tim Hubbard – photography
  • Tracy Cruz – label coordination
  • Scott Burns – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mike Fuller – mastering
  • Eric Greif – management

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b News. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  2. ^ News. EmptyWords.org. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Jervis, Marcus. "Death - Human Review". About.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Human - Death". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pratt, Greg (June 20, 2011). "Death - Human". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Schroer, Brendan (January 13, 2010). "Death - Human". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Larkin, C. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 1995, p. 1108
  8. ^ "Traditional Symbol For Superior Music". Emptywords.org. February 22, 2003. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Human:Death: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Damage Incorporated: Richard Rouse Under the Hot Lamps". Paranoidproductions.com. Retrieved October 13, 2011.