Fleshcrawl - _Bloodsoul_
(Black Mark, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
This is Fleshcrawl's third release since their inception back in 1987. Although they have only been signed to Black Mark for a scant four years, the band has managed to release _Descend into the Absurd_, _Impurity_, and finally their latest and greatest _Bloodsoul_. This new album shows that the band is unwilling to give in to the temptation that a lot of death metal bands do; Fleshcrawl is one band that is proud of its roots, and continues to play their own style of European death metal the way they want to. The music on this release is very powerful and full of energy. Guitars and bass are both superb here even if the drumming is simplistic and sometimes annoying. The vocals on _Bloodsoul_ are deep and guttural, but they don't lose any of their power in the mix. _Bloodsoul_ was recorded in Sweden's Abyss Studios by Hypocrisy's own Peter Tagtgren. I think a lot of Fleshcrawl's power and tight sounding music should be attributed to the top notch production with which this CD was made. As the bio says, "_Bloodsoul_ is an album which no 'DIE HARD-Death Metal freak' should miss!" I wouldn't go this far, but I would definitely give it a good listen and decide for yourself.
(article published 10/5/1996)
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