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Royal Straight Flesh
November 2002
Released: Nove, Regain Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Defleshed started back in 91-92. Even though they have had some difficulties with record companies they still managed to release 4 albums, one live and 2 mini-cd’s. It took 3 years to gather energy and to find inspiration to release the new album ROYAL STRAIGHT FLESH.

Mathias has worked with Nonexist and The Hidden and he is also a member of Dark Funeral. Gustaf is member of the Danish band Illdisposed as well, but nothing of their work with other bands is going to effect Defleshed.

The 11 track album was recorded in June '02 in only three weeks at Berno studio (known for such bands like The Haunted & Witchery) in Malmö, Sweden. It was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah etc.) in Dog Out studio. He’s done a real good job. The band has doing all music/lyrics and produced the cd and it sound great. I’ve never heard Defleshed before but they sure impressed me a lot. It’s brutal metal through out the whole album. Gustaf and Mathias impresses a lot. There isn’t a bad track on the album, all of them are extremly good and brutal.

As I said before, it’s a raw, brutal death metal album. After you listened to it it feels like you’ve been run down by a bull, but still you want to do it again and again. The only bad thing about this brilliant album is the length. It’s only 33 minutes, that’s to short for an album I think.

A tour through Europe is due to begin early this year and after that it’s USA's turn to take part of Defleshed's brutal death metal. It is going to be hard to beat this one this year the beast death metal record is all ready here. There’s only one thing to say about Sweden’s lords of solid metal. They are back, and what a comeback it is!!
Track Listing

Hand Over Fist
Fire In The Soul
Feed On The Fallen
Royal Straight Flesh
Back For The Attack
Blood Brigade
Pick Your Poison
Dangerous When Dead


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

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