Control Denied - Fragile Art of Existence (Nuclear Blast) 1999
Main song writer, Chuck Schuldiner has displayed a progressive compositional style and a high level of technical expertise in metal but he has long been ignored by fans of more melodic and traditonal metal styles because Death has always been labeled a death metal band. Of course, ever since Death's "Human" they have been more of a progressive thrash band than a death metal band. Control Denied sound very similar to these recent Death albums only they employ the more accessible, smooth-as-silk vocalist Tim Aymar. Tim is a soaring, almost operetic, vocalist who has a wide vocal range. Like the recent Death albums, there are a lot of changing riffs, tempo changes, time signatures, and textures. While this does prove the band to be very technical, it also leaves the disc with a lack of hooks or memorability. This is true of the lyrical hooks as well as the musical hooks. Still, I can't help but listen to this disc over and over again because of the phenomenal musicianship.