Reviewed: November 2007
Released: 2007, Nastified Productions
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Shortly after the thrash/heavy metal act Denata were put to rest another band rose from its ashes. The new creation is called Freevil and it includes the former Denata members Andersson and Blomberg along with the ex-Seance/Witchery drummer Mique Flesh. They have also taken in Phanatos on synths and FX. Flesh doesn’t only do drums; he’s also in charge of the vocals with some help from Andersson. I thought it was pretty sad when the Denata were put to rest and you can believe I was glad when I read about Freevil. I have been impatiently waiting for this album and I’m happy to be able to present the Freevil debut.
If you think that Freevil is gonna sound anything like Denata, you’re wrong. Freevil is more of an extreme metal band; they sound like thrash/heavy metal blended with some death metal. It sounds incredibly mean and Flesh hisses his vocals and sounds a little like the old Witchery singer Toxine at times. He’s gotten help from Andersson, who comes in and contributes some pure death metal vocals and when alongside Phanatos’ crazy keyboard parts it feels like an old Nosferatu/horror movie. They have skipped guitar solos and instead focus on delivering overall heavy-blasting rhythm guitar parts which feels absolutely right in this context.
It has taken the band a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get the ten tracks in order and there isn’t a single bad track. The material is extremely well-written and even though some songs are slower they haven’t compromised the heaviness at all. They’ve managed to find just the right dose of meanness and brutality this album needs. Even though I do like the parts Phanatos contributes, I wish they’d narrowed down his piano/keyboard and FX parts a little. Otherwise, this is a brilliant debut, but what else would you expect from these hard-hitting guys? It’s not an easy album that you can listen to once and then get; it takes a few times before you can fully enjoy it, but when you do you won’t be able to put FREEVIL BURNING aside. I strongly recommend this debut to any fan of extreme metal and FREEVIL BURNING is one of the albums you ought to purchase during 2007.
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