Sound — 8
Death is probably one of the most important founders of death metal, hence their name. Individual thought patters is probably still to this day a founding album in the death metal scene that has inspired many. Their sound on this album is pretty good. The instruments establish that dark dim 5th, harmonic minor sort of feel as you'd except in death metal. Chucks playing on this album is very technical on this album, incorporating both homophonic and occasional polyphonic harmony Leads in songs like 'Trapped in a Corner' and 'Destiny'. His solos are fast but still have feeling and are melodic. Another notable part is the bass, played by Steve Digiorgio. He plays lots of leads almost and cuts through the mix making the music more complex while doing so. This can be easily seen in 'Nothing is Everything' or the outro solos to 'The Philosopher' This album does have it's downsides though. One problem with this album is the riffs don't tend to flow very well within the songs, separately they sound great but they just don't seem to always fit. Still Death manage to deliver well on this album.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics on this album have many dark themes like, well just look at the titles. Pretty much every song is literally about whatever word it's title is. For example 'Jealousy' is about nothing more than Jealousy. This is not to say the lyrics are bad. The lyrics are pretty good and they have meaning behind them. Chucks singing style is a very harsh, semi high scream. It's like thash inspired screaming. it's nothing overly specail but it fits the music.
Overall Impression — 9
Death were really pioneers in this genre and they took metal in a new direction. Their influence can be heard in several death metal bands like Quo Vadis. The albums has lots of great riffs and great songs. Every song has something new and unique, whether it be a original bass leads in nothing is everything or some original harmonic minor solos like in destiny or the odd time signatures and tapping arpeggios of the philosopher, it all comes together on Though Patterns. The only problem with the album is flow, it doesnt't seem to have much of it, but it's alright. If I lost Thought Patterns I probably go out and get it again, along with some other death albums.