Fleshkiller - Awaken

Published Monday 4th February 2019
Fleshkiller - Awaken
Fleshkiller - Awaken

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 174083-27889
LABEL: Facedown

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This album largely sounds pretty much like you'd expect a band called Fleshkiller to sound - it's metal with a large hatful of riffs (I especially liked ones in "True Image", "Window Of Time" and "Secret Chambers"), nothing slow, bludgeoning drums and bass, overlaid by a half-shouted, half-grunted lead vocal. And then it throws a curve into the mix: vocal harmony work which shows they're not music-by-numbers. Some of this reminded me of Yes (the start of "Evil Eclipse" and the second half of "Parallel Kingdom" are great examples), which was a big and pleasant surprise to find something so unexpected - it really makes you sit up and pay attention, wondering what else they have up their collective sleeves. The faith-based lyrics come through well and clear, a band not burying it in odd imagery or hiding behind the wall of noise. Once I'd made the Yes connection on the vocals I could hear some more in some of the rhythmic punches, high-speed runs and solos (such as the title track). I'd probably describe them as Yes meets My Chemical Romance meets Napalm Death. A curious and enjoyable meeting it is too.

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