What a shitty day! Some Death will definitely put me in a better mood. I think it will be Individual Thought Patterns that will pull me out of my slump. There was always something about Chuck Schuldiner's guitar tone that was like a drug to me. Chuck had a thick rich driven sound that was very distinctive as well with his style of playing.
Their fifth release had line-up changes this time around adding Gene Hoglan on drums and Andy LaRocque on guitar. I think they both delivered just as much as Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal did on Human. That too was an excellent album. The boys from Cynic are superb musicians and can throw down!
Individual Thought Patterns is a great example of how a band matures with each release. Every time Chuck Schuldiner put out an album he always delivered. You could always count on plenty of great chops and lots of killer harmonized leads. Trapped in a Corner and the title track off this album are both prime examples. Chuck paved the way for technical death metal and helped make a name for lots of musicians that passed through the line-up over the years.
Its a fucking shame we will never have the pleasure to hear anything else like Death again. Chuck passed away in December of 2001 due to complications with cancer.