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Fleshgore - Killing Absorption - 2003 - This Dark Reign Records

Track Listing

1. Domain of Death
2. Devoured By Helminthes
3. Sky Funeral
4. Infernal Earth
5. Severe Pain
6. Interuterine Delimms
7. Prepare To Die
8. The Plague
9. Vengeance Expectation
Of all the subgenre's of metal, death metal has to be the heaviest, fastest, and most evil brand of them all. Over the years, death has built up one hell of a cult following and has allowed many young (and old) souls a way of rebelling against the forces of all things good. Unfortunately, not every death metal band stands out and has the luxury of winning ones soul, to be delivered to "where evil dwells". Fleshgore, unfortunately, falls into this category with their 2003 release, Killing Absorption. Yes, it's great to hear something loud, evil, and raw, but their ability to take death metal to the next level is not present here. My initial reaction to Killing Absorption is that it (very) closely resembles the works of early 90's Broken Hope. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Broken Hope and am thankful for the pummeling metal that they consistently delivered over their 5 albums, but here in 2007 (or even in 2003 when the album was released), its time to take metal to the next extreme level.

The albums opener, Domain of Death, provides an instant death metal assult accompanied by some stellar blast beat work. However, 40 seconds into the song, it changes to more of a grove oriented style of death metal. From that point on, the album become predictable as each track presents the same formula of blast beat intro's followed by mid-paced breakdowns. The guitar riffs are your typical blend of NY Style Death Metal with both blinding speed and monumentus breakdowns.

Now, do not let this review fool you or turn you away from this album. For most people new to the Death Metal scene, Killing Absorption will represent a new, brutal brand of metal that will stand out amongst your little sisters favorite metal bands. However, to us old-schoolers that have been listening to Death Metal since it's inception, there is nothing new to be offered here. I would rather go back and listen to Swamped in Gore (Broken Hope) or Voracious Contempt (Internal Bleeding) and save my money for the new vital Remains release.



--Grim Gaijin 03.21.07

About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Killing AbsorptionFleshgore
2003
David Loveless3/29/2007
May God Strike Me DeadFleshgore
2005
Etiam10/27/2006


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