Friday, October 9, 2009

Fleshworks - The Deadventure (2009)

Fleshworks is a new band to arrive in the expanding German death metal scene, but most of the members hail from a prior band called Branded Skin. The style at play here is pure, old school death metal, standing at a cross section between the grinding Swedish forefathers and US brutality. The riffing is not too intricate; the band prefers to level the listener with simple, thrusting rhythms and a loud and proud guitar tone.

"Shadows" crushes forth after a very brief intro, all grinding guitars and the guttural vocals of Dirk Frenking (who can also do snarls and even further guttural vocals as befit the various breakdowns). Not an impressive track, but enough to get the blood flowing. "Cannibal Cave" is slightly better, with a good lead-in riff and some creepy melodies later. Some of the better tunes on the album include the punch and groove of "Hunger of the Dead" and "Blood Sculptures" which created a great groove in the vein of old Entombed or Dismember.

Though little of the material on the album was memorable for me, certainly the production is superb. The guitar tone is excellent, primed for the meathook, and Frenking's vocals wander across these avenues like a serial killer on a hot city night. The band alternates enough between their faster momentum and chugging breakdowns to keep the record from becoming boring, I just didn't catch on to many of the riffs. But if you like crunchy death metal with a lot more simple slam for your moshing needs, this may be one to check out.

Verdict: Indifference [6/10]

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