Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The Finnish punishers of a red flesh, Fleshred, have been hard-working men for the past 2-3 months or so. I just reviewed the band´s debut 3-track demo, THE HALLS OF TORMENTED FLESH, for Metal-Rules.com in September this year. That particular demo in question left an indelible impression on me due to good attempts to sink the boat with its brutal and straightforward death metal approach, which it partly did indeed, too.
WHEN ALL FADES, this brand-new 4-track ear-blistering offering from the very same death merchants, adds just more sheer firepower to their own battlefield to conquer some more lands for them in the already raped fields of death metal. Fleshred´s death metal is crisp, heavy and even relatively technical even, combining and borrowing elements both from American as well as European/Scandinavian death metal, and the result is more or less darn pleasing in all honesty´s name. In the same breath it must be stated that even if Fleshred do their own thing well and undoubtedly gets some approval among today´s death metal community, they hardly differ from the masses. There are probably thousands of similar sounding bands out there in the death metal scene these days that are armed with the exact same lethal guns, bombs and grenades as Fleshred, which means obviously tough times for these Finns if they are going to survive the next couple of years in the future. If you don´t kill, then you will be killed - it´s as simple as that really. Gladly Fleshred has some of this vital yet important ´kill´ value in their new songs as well. Songs like "When All Fades" and "Death of a Different Kind" are kinda crushing tour-de-forces – with lots of heaviness, intensity and unyielding tendency in both of them to blow your skull to thousands of pieces. A good – clear but heavy - production surely helps in that ultimate goal, too.
Recommended for the fans of Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation and the like. No artsy-craftsy bullshit here, but just simply straight, honest, somewhat lethal and even positively catchy death metal here. If that does a bit more to you than only cocking your eyebrows in suspicion, then be my guest and check them out.