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Flesh
Worship the Soul of Disgust
March 2009
Released: 2008, Pulverised Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Let there be Flesh... And there was a new Flesh album, titled WORSHIP THE SOUL OF DISGUST. Flesh is, as most of us death metal fans know by now, a solo project by Pete Flesh (Thrown, ex-Deceiver, ex-Maze of Torment) which he created in the late ´90s. Since then, having recorded 2 albums (DÖDÅNGEST in 2005 and TEMPLE OF WHORES in 2006) for a domestic Swedish label named Iron Fist Productions, it was time for Pete to move on, and find another label (by a suggestion coming from Iron Fist Prods.) that would be willing to release Pete´s 3rd album, WORSHIP THE SOUL OF DISGUST.



Singaporean Pulverised Records steps in, and signs Flesh for the label that has become a new home for many Swedish metal bands over the past years (Seance, Tribulation, Deceiver, Guillotine, Interment, etc.). In fact, the closer you think of it, Pulverised Records is like No Fashion Records was back in the day - having lots of killer and quality Swedish bands signed for the label. One of these so-called Swedish ´quality´ acts, in my sincere opinion, is Pete´s solo project Flesh whose third album continues supporting the same heritage of brutal and heavy old school death metal that was started through Flesh since this project´s first seeds were sowed in a rehearsal room.



Pete, together with Flingan (Deceiver) on drums, have recorded a bunch of songs (9 altogether) that should crush some more bones again. Their continuous work to keep their flag high for a dark, evil and heavy old school death metal, still pays off for them in a very rewarding way on WORSHIP. In order that Pete has been able to get to this point where he is with Flesh these days, it all sounds like he has been exploring the murky fields of death metal for many years - digging up only the essentials out from that fertile ground and just making his best with all those vital ingredients to make it sound so organic - and most importantly, convincing as hell. His craftsmanship at creating pummeling and limb-heavy, old school death metal hymns is unquestionable - full of true passion and devotion.



Out of all these 9 songs on WORSHIP, my current favorite is probably a song called “Night of Funeral Bells”. It´s a bit different from what we are used to hearing from them before, differing cleverly mixing old school death metal with some really eerie and spooky elements that can be hear on Immortal´s so far latest offering, SONS OF NORTHERN DARKNESS (you can also hear a lonely raven croaking in this tune, giving the song more of that itchy, spooky feel). Pete´s vocals remind me greatly of Patrick Mameli´s (Pestilence) vocal style, which is nothing but impressive. It is a really genuine attempt to break the safe Flesh´s song mould, I have to admit.



Flesh´s WORSHIP THE SOUL OF DISGUST gets exclusively the approval of 4 metalized raised fists from this Luxi-dude anyway - and who knows, maybe you are next to approve them with some metal signs, too?
Track Listing

01. Shatahan
02. I Masturbate to Jesus Christ
03. Nights of Funeral Bells
04. Feast on the Soul
05. Fuck the Romantic – Fuck the Gothic
06. Sluts & Whores
07. Sadistic Penetration
08. My Penis Will Be Your Opera
09. Worship the Soul of Disgust

Lineup

Pete Flesh - Vocals, guitars and bass
Flingan - Session drums


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Flesh
Worship the Soul of Disgust
April 2009
Released: 2008, Pulverised Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

Having your own one-man-band has its advantages. You can record any song you like, any way you like it, and nobody can tell you what to do otherwise. A Swedish fellow by the name of Pete Flesh has done just this for his personal musical project, designed somewhat as a tribute to the late Chuck Schuldiner. Naming the band after himself (which was named after one of Death’s songs,) “Flesh” is a quirky throwback to speedy old-school death metal with some curveballs thrown in.



For the most part, WORSHIP THE SOUL OF DISGUST revels in facesmashing, near-thrashy death metal that thankfully avoids blastbeats and keeps the double kicks to a minimum. Not that I don’t love technical drumming, but it’s refreshing to hear a no-frills approach to timekeeping now and again. Mr. Flesh’s voice thankfully doesn’t sound like a garden variety cookie monster knockoff; instead he has what I’ll describe as a “throttled gasp,” almost what I’d imagine a serial killer should sound like while whispering something revolting into a victim’s ear. It’s a unique sound on top of a near-cartoonish Swedish accent, which I deeply appreciate in a musical world where many people sound too much alike.



Though produced in 2008, WORSHIP THE SOUL OF DISGUST has a gritty 80’s feel in its production. The drums have the frenetic thudding reverberation that I remember from old Bathory albums, and the guitars sound like they were tracked on a rusty tape machine. Combined with no-frills instrumentation and “loose” drum sound, WORSHIP feels like it was cut in a garage without sounding sloppy or unintentionally crude.



Now for the quirky bits – Mr. Flesh has purposefully inserted some odd musical segments into his songs ranging from cool jazz, Dixieland piano music, and traditional Italian drinking ditties. These “bits” appear sporadically and infrequently, but they add a mildly humorous effect to songs mostly focused on Satan and violating virgin orifices. Without question, Mr. Flesh has written some (perhaps unintentionally) hilarious song titles, my favorite of which is “My Penis will be your Opera” – and no, I have no idea what that song is really about. Other favorite moments include “Fuck the Romantic – Fuck the Gothic” where Mr. Flesh grunts with some extra menace “You disgust me/I want to kill you/by the order of Satan!” Let it never be said that some heavy metal artists lack a sense of humor.



My main issue with WORSHIP is inconsistent songwriting. Opener “Shatahan” is a killer death/speed metal track with some nasty riffs and some shredding solo guitar moments. “Sadistic Penetration” rides on a nifty lurching groove throughout, and listening to Mr. Flesh gasp out the chorus “Sadeesteek/penetration/sah-deesteek/violation!” atop the moans of tortured females never ceases to make me smile. “My Penis will be your Opera” is a simple, but very evil drum & bass groove atop lyrics I’d rather not comprehend, almost like a death metal version of Megadeth’s “Dawn Patrol.” But this album doesn’t rate beyond a 3/5 because half the songs aren’t particularly engaging. Not that they’re bad, but ho-hummers like “Feast on the Soul” and “Sluts & Whores” don’t stand out in any way. A greater dynamic range and some more midtempo tracks would help create some additional intrigue that could set Flesh apart from the hordes of other small-time death metal bands seeking to stand out.



I will gladly recommend this album to anybody who has a thing for old-school death metal and enjoys getting a chuckle out of their music. Flesh has most of the individual components it needs to become a significant musical force, but Mr. Flesh must improve the consistency of his songwriting and add some less artificial variety into his music before he’ll really grab my beleaguered attention.
Track Listing

1.Shatahan
2.I Masturbate to Jesus Christ
3.Night of Funeral Bells
4.Feast on the Soul
5.Fuck the Romantic – Fuck the Gothic
6.Sluts & Whores
7.Sadistic Penetration
8.My Penis will be your Opera
9.Worship the Soul of Disgust

Lineup

Pete Flesh – All guitars and vocals
Flingan – Session drums


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