Flesh On Your Bones
Review by Denis on April 29, 2003.
"Flesh on your Bones" is the second album from a relatively young and unknown band that has been around since 1996. Formerly known by the name of To the Grinde they changed their name in 1998. Since they signed with Black Sun Records, two albums under their belts, the first one "The Creation" and now with this new one, the guys from Sweden have achieved a rather mature and interesting type of metal having some early influences from Judas Priest and Crimson Glory.
They are taking a different approach in their death metal writing. It has the traditional death vocals and superb riffing sound but on the other hand, the drumming style is more related to power metal and the lead guitar sounds like coming from a Progressive or Hard rock band. You know what? It's great! It works out very well and it's thrilling too! On a couple of songs, the singer goes for a clean medium-high pitch tone. I can say that the musical phrases are pretty technical without falling too deep in this direction and the lead guitar is simply amazing, by far my favorite section with all of its twists and turns mostly done with a cleaner sound just like on the incredible 'Pound for Pound' for its very intricate run and jaw dropping solos or 'Revolution' for example. The rhythmic is heavy, don't worry about that but it's more a prog type of death we're dealing with here. Acoustic parts will be heard on 'The Rape...' and is the sole kind of guitar (12 strings to be more precise) played on the follow up '... of Innocence,' both being a very impressive duo and a mind blowing musical experience that could best defined what I mean by progressive death metal. Every song is great and has something different to offer. The hardcore fundamentalists will go nuts with the closing number 'Angel of Dust.'
Bottom Line: It's kicking, exciting and entertaining! Get it!
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Rating: 8.8 out of 10