Deeds of Flesh - _Crown of Souls_
(Unique Leader Records, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
The trouble with Deeds of Flesh has been, and is likely to always be, their apparent inability to sell their death metal schtick for the duration of a full-length album. The result is -- as far back even as 1995's _Trading Pieces_ -- records that get off to a cracking start before typically descending into a flurry of mass bludgeoning. Or too much of a good thing, depending on where you stand on the matter. That said, _Crown of Souls_ makes a pretty good effort to overcome this, and only a band like Deeds of Flesh would be able to mix in a few new grooves or the odd fresh rhythm change and make an album come off as something of an evolution. But at its core -- and very blatantly so, I might add -- Deeds of Flesh are still producing very typical atonal US death metal, and whatever steps _Crown of Souls_ takes forward will be indiscernible to all but a trained ear.


(article published 20/6/2005)

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1/14/2002 B Meloon 7 Deeds of Flesh - Mark of the Legion
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12/13/1995 G Filicetti Deeds of Flesh - Gradually Melted
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