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Defleshed
Fast Forward
March 2000
Released: 1999, War Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

If you read last month's reviews, then you would of read about the most awesome Defleshed CD "Under The Blade." Well that was a 1997 release and now in 2000 their newest release "Fast Forward" has been issued in North America. These Swede's sure didn't mellow out between albums. This CD has upped the ante in the speed and brutality department. The is totally relentless. The cool thing about it is, even though this is ultra heavy it does not lapse into noise! This is partly due to the excellent sound of the CD and also due to the tightness of the band.



If you have never heard this band, I would advise you to first check out "Under The Blade." It's just a matter of personal taste, but I liked that one a little more because it has more thrash elements and the songs are not as intense for the entire duration allowing you to breathe. "Fast Forward" was a little too extreme in places for even me haha...but hey, maybe you'd be happy with the lessening of the thrash riffs and the speeding up of the songs and the drums with blast beats. If that's what you're looking for then check this CD out. I still like this CD a lot but "Under The Blade" will be making more repeat trips to my player. The opening track "The Return of the Flesh" is a perfect example of a mixture of Slayer-ish thrash with blackened death metal. One minute it's a full on thrash assault then the drums slip into an area that Slayer have never reached - super intense blast beats. Depending on what mood I'm in, I can like this more than I could at other times. For example, as I write this I am in the mood for something brutal and as "The Heat From Another Sun" tears a new one for my speakers, I am very happy with this CD. However, last night I wasn't quite in the mood to be aurally assaulted so something more relatively laid back was in order. The track "The Iron and The Maiden" (cool fuckin title eh?) begins with some very complex drumming with some nice work on the ride symbols - just one example of the fine drumming on this CD. As with their last CD the intense, chunky, speedy, thrash riffing are excellent and make up for the fact that lead guitar is not this band's priority. Guitarist Lars Lofven also has a killer sound!! I still would of liked some insane ripping leads on here. The artwork for "Fast Forward" is totally up my alley. The cover art is nothing short of godly with three evil looking skull-faced warriors! The inside of the CD is equally cool in the graphics and layout department. Too bad full song lyrics were not included though!



Depending on what you're into, or like me, what mood you're in, this CD could blow you mind. If you think that thrash metal played at insane neck-break speeds tinged with a bit of black and death metal would be cool then you have to check these guys out. If you come from more of a thrash background - when you're in the mood for something a little more brutal then say Slayer or Testament then this will fix you up real good!
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Defleshed
Fast Forward
January 1999
Released: 1999, Regain Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This album is another re-mastered release from Regain Records. This is a re-release by an album that has been deleted from the record stores but that now are available again, this time with four bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are a re-make of the title track, this time called “FAST FORWARD 02” with a guest appearance by Calle from Deranged. The other three title tracks are covers by songs made by Nuclear Assault, Sepultura and Destruction. On this version of the album you get more music for your money, it contains 15 tracks instead of the original 11.



“FAST FORWARD” was recorded and mixed in Berno Studio in Malmö, Sweden during -99. All of the music, lyrics and production are done by the band themselves. They have done a really great job with the production on this modern masterpiece, it sounds aggressive, hard and mean.



As usual Mattias impresses behind his drums and I can’t understand how he manages to keep up the speed trough the songs. Lars does some really mean guitar riffs on this album that totally lacks guitar solos, but it works anyway. Gustaf sounds brutal and aggressive in his lead vocals.



According to the band they play solid metal, but in my opinion it sounds more trash metal, hard, fast trash metal with numerous tempo changes in each song. This album release has been delayed because of some problems with the cover but now it’s finally here.



“THE RETURN OF THE FLESH”, “SNOWBALLING BLOOD” and “FAST FORWARD” fast, brutal trash metal with Gustaf high up in the mix and some heavy guitar riffs by Lars. “THE HEAT FROM ANOTHER SUN” a heavy track but not as fast as the previous one. Here it’s more grinding metal with Lars and Gustaf high up in the sound picture. This song has a very short slower part at the end of it. “THE IRON AND THE MAIDEN” everyone has a really high speed with Lars at top. “PROUD TO BE DEAD” this is heavy, grinding trash metal. In the chorus Gustaf shows that he has quite a broad vocal range in his voice. “WILDER THAN FIRE” ultra fast trash metal that goes extremely fast. Matte really shows what he can do behind the drums and Gustaf shows that he has depth in his voice. “FEEDING FATAL FAIRIES” and “LIGHTNING STRIKES TRICE” songs with a lot of tempo changes that slows down at the end. “DOMINATION OF THE SUB-QUEEN” a heavy, fast and technical song where the speed sure is high but not ultra-high. “SPEEDING THE WAYS” has an intro with drums and guitar and it’s a short stop with only Lars before it all sets off. That song finishes off the original release and now comes the bonus tracks. It starts off with a re make off the title track “FAST FORWARD” fast trash metal with the vocals shared by Gustaf and Calle Fäldt from Deranged. Calle has a more growling singing style compared to Gustafs more angry vocals. It works really well, but I prefer the original version. After that come the three cover songs. First out is “RADIATION SICKNESS” by Nuclear Assault witch is an old school trash metal. “BENEATH THE REMAINS” by Sepultura where Defleshed does the song better than the original. “CURSE OF THE GODS” by Destruction. Defleshed sticks mostly to the original songs. On this three songs Lars does guitar solos also.



This is brilliant trash metal just as it should sound like. I have nothing bad to say about this at all. All of the songs are really strong and I don’t have any favourite. If you’re a fan of trash metal you should definitely check out this Swedish band. Their new album “ROYAL STRAIGHT FLESH” I strongly recommend, the lords of solid metal has delivered a brilliant album.
Track Listing

The Return Of The Flesh
The Heat From Another Sun
Fast Forward
The Iron And The Maiden
Proud To Be Dead
Snowballing Blood
Wilder Than Fire
Feeding Fatal Fairies
Lightning Strikes Thrice
Domination Of The Sub-Queen
Speeding The Ways
BONUS TRACKS
Fast Forward (02 Version)
Radiation Sickness
Beneath The Remains
Curse Of Gods

Lineup

Lars Löfven – Guitar
Mathias Modin – Drums
Gustaf Jorde – Lead Vocals, Bass


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