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  • Awesome Music:
    • Many bands have covered the extremely simple song "Evil Dead", including Unleashed and God Dethroned. However, "Flesh and the Power It Holds" and "Spirit Crusher," both off The Sound of Perseverance, seem to ring loudest among prog death fans. And some fans think their cover of Painkiller is better than the original.
    • Most fans agree that their last four albums (Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and The Sound of Perseverance) consist of nothing but awesome music, or at least represent Chuck's creative peak.
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    • "Pull the Plug" from Leprosy is considered by many death metal fans to be one of the greatest death metal songs of all time.
    • It's still heavily debated to this day whether the cover of Judas Priest's "Painkiller" that closes off The Sound of Perseverance is better than the original. Given who we're talking about, that's no mean feat.
  • Creator Worship: Chuck Schuldiner gets this a lot, being regarded by much of the metal community as being a legit musical genius.
  • Critical Dissonance: While The Sound of Perseverance is loved by both critics and fans of the band, opinions on the album among the metal community as a whole are more varied.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Gene Hoglan is very popular with the fans, possibly due to the fact that he's been in many other bands. Steve DiGiorgio is also quite popular for similar reasons as Hoglan.
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    • James Murphy has become more appreciated in hindsight as one of the reasons to love Spiritual Healing, which is wildly considered to be Death's weakest effort.
    • Bobby Koelble has also become appreciated as one of the most unique and underutilized guitarists that Chuck had, with his gypsy and hard bop-inflected style standing out as one of the more unique applications of jazz guitar in metal (which usually tends to skew either towards fusion or free jazz).
    • Richard Christy's drumming is often considered The Sound of Perseverance's secret weapon. Just listen to the fills he plays throughout the album - hell, just the first few seconds of "Scavenger of Human Sorrow" or "To Forgive Is to Suffer" are likely to convince sceptics.
  • Epic Riff: Nearly all of Death's songs have these.
  • Face of the Band: Chuck Schuldiner.
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  • Fandom Rivalry: As of the "Extreme Metal Olympics" aftermath, Death's fanbase is now engaging a rivalry with the fanbase of Dir en grey.
  • Gateway Series: With the possible exception of Cannibal Corpse, Death is probably the most common gateway band into death metal, particularly among thrash listeners due to how heavily Death's early sound was rooted in thrash. Death's later albums have also introduced more than a few people to Technical Death Metal.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The band's name is hard to look at the same way since Chuck died tragically.
  • Moment of Awesome: They have won second place in Loudwire's "Extreme Metal Olympics", losing only to a certain mold breaking Japanese band.
    • Doubling as a Funny Moment, the usually kind Chuck Schuldiner swearing at and flipping off a heckler, culminating at having him kicked out.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Shannon Hamm. A lot of fans saw him and still see him as one of the least interesting guitarists that Chuck had.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Rick Rozz is disliked by a number of modern fans for his very divisive guitar style involving lots of whammy bar use.
    • Kam Lee is disliked as well, not for his musicianship (he only played on the poor quality early demos, plus his own music is actually pretty well-regarded), but for his extremely unpleasant personality.
    • Bill Andrews also receives some derision from fans, who consider his drumming to be simplistic and limited, particularly by comparison to the band's later drummers.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny:
    • When Death started off, they were among the heaviest bands going. Their two early Gorn-oriented albums, Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, are, nowadays, (lyrically) quite tame compared to other, later death metal bands, especially a certain one.
    • It's not just in terms of heaviness, either. Quite a few metal fans have listened to Death wondering just what was so special about them, aside from the fact that they kickstarted death metal.
  • Tear Jerker: The ending to "Perennial Quest", where a somber acoustic guitar plays alongside a lone wailing electric guitar. This song was especially made effective by how it was placed in Death's discography: It was the last song on Symbolic, which was intended to be their last album at the time so that Chuck Schuldiner could focus more on Control Denied (who had several songs become Death songs on The Sound of Perseverance).
    • "Voice of the Soul" can be this, depending on how one interprets it.
    • "A Moment of Clarity" too, particularly the final passage with Chuck's guitar solo and the fadeout (for that matter, following the lyrics "Why? No, God, why?"). It's the final original song on the final Death album, and given the album's structure, "Painkiller" almost feels like a bonus track (though it's still awesome; it's quite possible Chuck put it on the album to avoid having a Downer Ending), so there's a finality to it that's rather sombre in context.
  • Too Cool to Live: Chuck Schuldnier, one of the most talented and proficient guitarists in the death metal scene, and an extremely humble and all around nice guy.


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