Sound — 10
Technical Death Metal at its finest hour. Death's final release due the death of Chuck Schuldiner well he already had technically dissolved the band to form Control Denied but I'm sure all of us who listen to his stuff will miss him. Some of Death's best songs in my oppinion. It sounds very thrashy and technical, in contrast to their early material which was very gore metal-like (but still miles above the competetion). Some say it's not technical enough, but too much technically can make an album boring to listen to, not that Death has ever been boring. Drumming is rock solid! Richard Christy is a true master, too bad he left Iced Earth for a spot on the Howard Stern show (I know it sounds ridiculous), and I really have no idea whats going on with Burning Inside anymore. Overal very solid sounding album.
Lyrics — 10
Chuck's best lyrics in my oppinion, like I said in my review of Symbolic, very poetic, un-gorified (I made that word up myself). I personally like the raspy sound of his voice on later albums more than the early ones, much easier to understand. Of course I would still give a 5 if it was completely impossible to recognize the words at all because of the quality of the lyrics. Again as in my Symbolic review if you listen to Death Metal for lyrics and singing you must have a screw loose.
Overall Impression — 10
For the last album from a legendary band, it certainly fits. Too bad Chuck has left us, he had so many more great songs to write. Personally my fav. songs are Flesh and the Power it holds, and Voice of Soul (great but short instrumental). Check this stuff out.