Released: 2000, Unique Leader Records
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
I have live footage of these guys on one of my videotapes…footage that I always fast forward through because I can’t understand what’s going on. Finally I get to hear what they’re about! Well, Deeds of Flesh certainly ain’t for the weak! These guys get right to the point with the opening song “Indigenous to the Appalling”, and continue their blazing brutal death metal assault non-stop throughout the entire album! No fucking around, just full-on relentless brutality!! Think about Suffocation crossed with Hate Eternal for starters. Path of the Weakening contains nine songs of guitars and drums churning at full speed, complimented by severely low death vocals. Although the songs are basically fast all of the time, the riffs and drum patterns change quite often and without warning, making each track a chaotic blasting assault. In fact, I really admire the drumming. Joey Heaslet is a ball of energetic fury, incorporating some new elements into the mandatory blast beat. For instance, check out the crash cymbal he uses during the opening blast of “Lustmord”, and the cymbal combinations he uses during his blasts throughout the entire song. Joey also does single- and double-kicks during his blasts, which is nice to hear since it seems most bands do one or the other. On top of that, listen closely to how he uses his single kicks…sometimes the kicks are simultaneous with the snare blasts, and sometimes it’s the common alternating snare/kick blast. This type of variety and blast beat innovation is what the brutal death scene needs. And I also love the way his drums sound: natural! Maybe I should watch my videotape again…I want to see this fucker play! The guitars are more or less your standard brutal death type. No solos, and hardly any slow stuff either. So even though they’re nothing new, just the fact that they’re relentless is admirable. They work very well with the intensity of the drumming and help give the album a disturbing feeling of despair. A few of the riffs in “Sense of the Diabolic” are very panicky, and just plain awesome! The vocals are very low, and a bit buried in the mix, which is good. It makes them totally indecipherable, but the good thing is that they don’t get in the way of the music. Overall the sound of the album is a little rough, and somewhat muddy due to the high bass presence. But I think it’s great because it sounds different! I respect their decision to produce the album themselves instead of opting for some big name producer like most other bands.
Fans of Suffocation, Nile, Hate Eternal, Cryptopsy, and Cannibal Corpse may find Deeds of Flesh interesting. These guys play their music very convincingly. No melody, no acoustic guitars, no clean vocals, no keyboards, just devastating sonic obliteration! I imagine this album would be the perfect soundtrack to a person running for his life in a war torn city infested with walking corpses under a sky of black and red clouds (even if it has nothing to do with the lyrics!). It will take several listens to get the hang of this album, as the songs tend to run together the first few spins. But give Deeds of Flesh a chance! Check out Unique Leader Records’ cool web site at http://www.uniqueleader.com
for information and to hear something from every Deeds of Flesh album!