Project: Failing Flesh - _A Beautiful Sickness_
by: Aaron McKay (4.5 out of 5)
Minus the experience and longevity, of course, this three-piece unit are as tight as most any Sodom effort to date. For starters, Project: Failing Flesh displays wickedly superior drumming, especially on the opening track, "A Beautiful Sickness". A clearly defined separation on the instrumentation also seems to be a valid calling card for Project: Failing Flesh. To elaborate, what I mean by that, largely, is the choppiness of the guitar riffs layered fantastically over a discernible bass line. Furthermore, there is little in the way of a substitute for a pronounced, pounding bass, I always say. There is no lack of powerfully heavy chops on this effort, but what gives Project: Failing Flesh their individuality is the science of the remarkable and understated engineering of a sonic experience woven into their precise exercise in brutality. There are light references to My Dying Bride, musically, cut with all the meticulousness of a Dying Fetus track smoothed over with a Sacrifice (_Soldiers of Misfortune_) vocal similarity. "9mm Movie", "Entrance Wound", "Highwire Act" (riff-packed!) and the Venom cover "Warhead" are favorites off this nearly flawless demo. Truthfully, I have trouble deciding now between the P:FF version and the Massacre cover of "Warhead" as to the superior of the two renderings. That said, anyone who knows my taste and my love for Massacre's musicianship knows that is a compliment of the highest order. Good things could be headed this band's way if given the chance. Get in on the ground floor now.


(article published 19/4/2004)

4/28/2003 A Magers 8 Project: Failing Flesh - Beautiful Sickness
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