Death: Individual Thought Patterns [1993]

Released June 15, 1993
Genre Technical death metal, progressive metal
Length 38:46
Label Relativity, Relapse Records
Producer Scott Burns, Chuck Schuldiner

Individual Thought Patterns is the fifth album by the death metal band Death, released in 1993.

Featured are founder, vocalist, and guitarist, Chuck Schuldiner, guitarist Andy Larocque, drummer Gene Hoglan and bassist Steve DiGiorgio.

Musically the album continues to expand on the technical, progressive style that began with Human, incorporating elements usually associated with free jazz. Just as adventurous are Schuldiner’s lyrics which explore human facets including critiques of social norms, constructs and perceptions.

This album contains the track “The Philosopher“, for which a music video was made that received airplay on MTV and was even reviewed – and comically panned – by Beavis & Butthead, where the duo mistake the boy in the video for Jeremy from the Pearl Jam video and mock Schuldiner’s vocals. According to Metal-Rules.com, the album is the 100th greatest heavy metal album of all time,[3] as well as the 11th greatest extreme metal album of all time.[4] The album is included in Guitar Player Magazines Metal Guitar albums Top 20

The album was reissued and remixed by Relapse Records in October 2011.

Track listing

All songs written by Chuck Schuldiner.

No. Title Length
1. “Overactive Imagination”   3:28
2. “In Human Form”   3:55
3. “Jealousy”   3:39
4. “Trapped in a Corner”   4:11
5. “Nothing Is Everything”   3:16
6. “Mentally Blind”   4:45
7. “Individual Thought Patterns”   4:00
8. “Destiny”   4:04
9. “Out of Touch”   4:19
10. The Philosopher”   4:10
Total length:
38:46

Lyrics

1. Overactive Imagination

Your existence is a script,
life for you is a perfomance,
play out the leading role.
Directing and premeditating every move
That creates the act of manipulation
Mastering the art of deception.
That increases your sick addiction
It’s an overactive imagination
that enslaves your empty shell
[Lead: Chuck]

Existing in dimensions of addictive obsession
[Lead: Andy]

Your script will run short of ideas
The story will soon end itself
People to trust come short in number.
Like a plague your lies spread
fast across the world
Mastering the art of deception
That increases your sick addition
It’s an overactive imagination
that enslaves your empty shell

2. In Human Form

People of the earth beware,
It is here in human form
An atrocity laced with greed.
Filled with evil intentions.
Ready to attack
[Lead: Andy]

Look to the air for stories to choose,
Who will be your next victim
Profitting on visions of others,
dark emotions run through its veins
Its motives are false its mind is insane
A distant planet with no signs of life
To become a home for this alien breed.
Scientists of the world unite,
your services are more than needed
This creature in human form is out of control
[Lead: Chuck]

Looks can be deceiving, see beyond the shell
Flesh and eyes mean nothing.
The truth, time it will tell
Before you think you fool the world.
What comes around goes around.
Shown for what you are, a waste of life
[Lead: Andy]

3. Jealousy

What do you want from me,
what is it you expect
I have spoken my mind from deep inside my soul
Behind the eyes is a place on one will be able to touch
Containing thoughts that cannot be taken away or replaced
You want what is not yours, Jealousy
You want what you cannot have, Jealousy
Spiteful harsh words, it comes as no real surprise.
Tell me what you are.
[Lead: Chuck, Andy]

I cannot understand how you seem to exist
On what people create for you, good must turn bad.
Behind the eyes is a place on one will be able to touch
Containing thoughts that cannot be taken away or replaced
You want what is not yours, Jealousy
You want what you cannot have, Jealousy

4. Trapped In A Corner

I want to watch you drown in your lies.
The end of your masquerade, a matter of time
Interwining lies, domination, control
Feed his twisted nature
It is sickening to see dreams die
A word of advice, fate’s patience is growning short.
Fake down to your mind and appearance
You will fall short of the dreams to destroy
In time you will find yourself trapped in a corner
These four words my friend, I promise you will not forget
[Lead: Andy, Chuck]

I am one of many that see through your lies
Hiding will do you no good, many seek revenge.
Soon to become a victim of what you live to create, and cannot have.
It is sickening to see dreams die
A word of advice, fate’s patience is growning short.
Fake down to your mind and appearance
You will fall short of the dreams to destroy

5. Nothing Is Everything

Living like us and sharing our day.
In another world very far away
A diffirent existence, yet virtually the same.
Aggression is sadness and laughter is pain
Look deep into their eyes for what they have to say
Emotions take control of life everyday.
Unpredictable variations of behavior,
Hold the key to the mental door
Where nothing is everything, and everything is nothing
Staring beyond the wall a thousand times over
[Lead: Chuck]

Seeing a part of them that is real
Just imagine how it might feel
To be denied of what life has to give
Behind mental shadows they must live
Look deep into their eyes for what they have to say
Emotions take control of life everyday.

6. Mentally Blind

You see your vision and no one else’s
Your every word filled with sarcasm
Crucify people with invisible knowledge
Verbal destruction with each compulsion
We will see where you go
The future for you is nowhere
Every minute a cliche of your kind
Too much to say from a person with no respect
Your accusations you will regret
From the mentally blind come ideas that are poison
Take away the power, a shallow person you will find.
[Lead: Chuck]

What would you do without your pathetic narrow-minded approach to life,
that reflects your lack of abilities
Your opinions are self-destructive
Despair is your gain, delight is corruption
Destined to fall prey to your stories,
creating problems for your consumption
We will see where you go
The future for you is nowhere
Every minute a cliche of your kind
Too much to say from a person with no respect
Your accusations you will regret
From the mentally blind come ideas that are poison
Take away the power, a shallow person you will find.

7. Individual Thought Patterns

So quick to judge, so easily we forget,
What it’s like to be dissected
Where feelings are tossed aside
Like a drug it feeds the imagination of minds that go unanalyzed
Followers to the leaders of mass hypnotic corruption that live their lives only to criticize
Where is the invisible line that we must draw to create individual thought patterns

[Lead: Chuck]

Prisoners of mental deception be free within singular judgement
Twisting words to control the masses
To cover up one’s self insecurities
Like a drug it feeds the imagination of minds that go unanalyzed
Followers to the leaders of mass hypnotic corruption that live their lives only to criticize
Where is the invisible line that we must draw to create individual thought

8. Destiny

[Lead: Andy]
Time is a thing we must accept
The unexpected I sometimes fear.
Just when I feel there’s no excuse for what happens,
Things fall into place
I know there is no way to avoid the pain that we must go through
to find the other half that is true
Destiny is what we all seek
Destiny was waiting for you and me
[Lead: Chuck]

I believe behind confusion awaits the truth for us
Past the obstacles we face
I value our life and trust
Years of questioning why things happen the way they do in life
Wishing that I could turn back time,
So we could join our souls
I know there is no way to avoid the pain that we must go through
to find the other half that is true
Destiny is what we all seek
Destiny was waiting for you and me
[Lead: Chuck]

9. Out Of Touch

Trapped in a lost world of brutality
So weak are the ones that must rely on shock
to push this so called force that inspires their call
to be extreme so it seems is a mental crutch
To cover up for those that are completely out of touch
Say what you want, I know the truth when it comes to your kind
[Lead: Chuck]

In time we’ll see who lasts
In time you will disappear
Who are you to question my sincerity
For now you are high on yourself
Drowning in your dreams of misguided hope
To be extreme so it seems is a mental crutch
To cover up for those that are completely out of touch

10. The Philosopher

Do you feel what I feel, see what I see, hear what I hear
There is a line you must draw between your dream world and reality
Do you live my life or share the breath I breathe
Lies feed your judgement of others
Behold how the blind lead each other
The philosopher
You know so much about nothing at all
[Lead: Chuck]

Ideas that fall under shadows of theories that stand tall
Thoughts that grow narrow upon being verbally released
Your mind is not your own,
what sounds more mentally stimulating is how you make your choice
So you preach about how I’m supposed to be, yet you don’t you know your own
sexuality
Lies feed your judgement of others
Behold how the blind lead each other
The philosopher
You know so much about nothing at all

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