is the fourth album by band Death, released in 1991. The album marked the beginning of a major stylistic change for Death and the playing on the album is more technically complex and progressive than Death’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.
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.
It is Death’s best-selling album, having sold 100,000 copies in the United States by 1995
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,[ and was authorized by Schuldiner intellectual property lawyer Eric Greif. 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”.
Chuck Schuldiner Paul Masvidal Steve DiGiorgio Sean Reinert