Released: 2012, F.D.A. Rekotz
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
If you crave the classic Death Metal sound that bands like Massacre, Morgoth, and Pestilence made in the early 1990's, then this record is for you. Skeletal Remains debut full length even sounds like a Morrisound Recording release. The band started out as Anthropophagy before changing their name to Skeletal Remains after recording their first demo "Desolate Isolation" in 2011. This year brings "Beyond the Flesh", a record that barely reaches the 35 minute mark, yet contains many things that will be appreciated by fans of classic Death Metal, especially the bands coming from Florida.
The record begings with the thrashy "Extirpated Vitality", a song that reeks of classic Death Metal influences ranging from Necrophagia to Massacre. The song starts with a slow section that leads into the faster parts, which carry that Thrash Metal influence that older Death Metal bands had.
The vocals seem to be inspired by Martin Van Drunen of Pestilence/Asphyx fame. Next comes "Desolate Isolation" which may remind some of Death circa "Spiritual Healing" with its mix of Thrash Metal riffs and slower Death Metal sections. "Reconstructive Surgery" reminds me of Morgoth back when the band released their "Cursed" record. The instrumental "Carrion Death" is definitely a highlight, with its pummeling sections and some good drumming. The riffs are pretty brutal on this track. "Homicidal Pulchritude" sounds like something off of Asphyx's "Last One on Earth”. The record closes with a Gorguts cover "Disincarnated" which was well made, but I still think the original to be a fine piece off their "Considered Dead" record.
Skeletal Remains have crafted a record that can be enjoyed by people who still enjoy the Florida Death Metal sound. While the band may lack originality, the record seems well made, and it definitely may transport some listeners back to the time when the aforementioned bands were doing their thing. There is some room for improvement in some areas, though I like the straightforwardness and simplicity of many of the sections in these songs.
Review by Titus Isaac