Individual Thought Patterns

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Individual Thought Patterns
Individual Thought patterns.jpg
Studio album by Death
Released June 22, 1993
Genre Technical death metal, progressive metal
Length 40:12
Label Relativity, Relapse
Producer Scott Burns, Chuck Schuldiner
Death chronology
Fate: The Best of Death
(1992)Fate: The Best of Death1992
Individual Thought Patterns
Singles from Individual Thought Patterns
  1. "The Philosopher"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]
Metal Forces 9.5/10[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5[5]

Individual Thought Patterns is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Death, released on June 22, 1993 by Relativity Records. It is the only album to feature guitarist Andy LaRocque, the first to feature drummer Gene Hoglan and the second and last to feature bassist Steve DiGiorgio.

Musically the album continues to expand on the technical/progressive style that began with Human, incorporating elements usually associated with free jazz[citation needed]. Just as adventurous are Schuldiner's lyrics which explore human facets including critiques of social norms, constructs and perceptions.

This album contains the track "The Philosopher", for which a music video was made that received airplay on MTV and was even featured on - and comically panned by - Beavis & Butthead, where the duo mistake the boy in the video for Jeremy from the Pearl Jam video and mock Schuldiner's vocals. According to, the album is the 100th greatest heavy metal album of all time,[6] as well as the 11th greatest extreme metal album of all time.[7] The album is included in Guitar Player Magazine's Metal Guitar albums Top 20. The album was reissued and remixed by Relapse Records in October 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.

No. Title Length
1. "Overactive Imagination" 3:30
2. "In Human Form" 3:57
3. "Jealousy" 3:41
4. "Trapped in a Corner" 4:14
5. "Nothing Is Everything" 3:19
6. "Mentally Blind" 4:49
7. "Individual Thought Patterns" 4:01
8. "Destiny" 4:06
9. "Out of Touch" 4:22
10. "The Philosopher" 4:13
Total length: 40:12


All information is taken from the CD liner notes of the original 1993 release and the 2011 reissue.[8][9]

Additional musicians
  • Craig Locicero – guitar (on Live in Germany performances)
  • Scott Burns – production, engineering
  • René Miville – artwork
  • David Bett – art direction
  • Kathy Milone – design.
  • Jacob Speis – layout
  • Alan Douches – mastering, remixing (2011 reissue)
  • Jamal Ruhe – remixing (2011 reissue)



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position Ref.
1993 US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) 30 [10]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve (June 22, 1993). "Individual Thought Patterns - Death". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Arnopp, Jason (1993). "Death of Death's Death?". Kerrang!. EMAP. 
  3. ^ Arnold, Neil. "Death - Individual Thought Patterns (2011 Reissue)". Metal Forces. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ McIver, Joel (November 27, 2013). "Death - Individual Thought Patterns". Record Collector. 
  5. ^ Death - Individual Thought Patterns (staff review). Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  6. ^ The Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums. Metal Rules. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Top 50 Extreme Metal Albums. Metal Rules. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  8. ^ Individual Thought Patterns (booklet). Death. Relativity Records. 1993. 
  9. ^ Individual Thought Patterns (Deluxe Edition) (booklet). Death. Relapse Records, Perseverance Holdings Ltd. 2011. 
  10. ^

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