Released: 2004, Karmageddon Media / Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
The leaders of this project are Kevin 131 and Tim Guiterrez and last in came Eric Forrest (ex-Voivod, now E-force). Those three make up Project: Failing Flesh. The band bio says that Kevin 131 has worked with acts like Madonna and Seal. Personally, I don’t think that’s anything to brag about in metal circles, but who cares?
Kevin 131 recorded, engineered and mixed the album at Assembly Line Studios in Vienna, VA, USA. It’s produced by Guiterrez and Kevin 131. They’ve done a pretty ordinary but good production when it comes to the soundscape. It’s heavy, hard, brutal and aggressive with a lot of space for Forrest’s incredibly aggressive vocals. There’s nothing wrong with the instruments, the vocals or the production. I’m going to come to the negative things further on down below.
The music is described in the info note as extreme metal, which I question as usual. I would rather say that this is some kind of strange mix between extreme and industrial metal with parts of gothic metal snuck in here and there. They have also added classical themes to the music and by classical I mean cellos, pianos and violins. This little project obviously seems to have a hard time deciding in what musical direction they should go.
The band have put 9 new songs and one cover on their debut album. The cover is Venom’s song “Warhead”. All three in the project have together written, performed and programmed all of the 10 tracks, except for the cover.
The material sounds really weak and uninspired. It feels like they have no spark in their music and it all feels like an already composed package. This album is not in any way impressive and should be avoided . The only positive thing is Forrest’s voice and Kevin 131 and Tim Guiterrez’s instrumental skills. Add to that the pretty standard production and that’s about all the positive things I have to say about the album. The cover doesn’t benefit the album either. To be honest it looks really ugly to say the least.
The bio says this may be “one of the best albums of 2004”. Well sorry to say, but this is definitely NOT one of the best albums of 2004, rather one of the worst ones this year.