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Project: Failing Flesh - A Beautiful Sickness - Karmageddon Records 2004

Track Listing
1.A Beautiful Sickness
2.Planet Dead
3.9mm Movie
4.Scene Of The Crime
5.Entrance Wound
6.Long Silent Voices
7.Dementia Pugilistica
8.Taste Of The Lie
9.Highwire Act
10.Warhead
Hailing from Alexandria Virginia, P:FF founders Tim Gutierrez and Kevin 131 found the perfect match for there sound with the addition of the remarkable Eric Forrest (E*Force/Voivod) to the fold. This trio created 10 tracks of chaotic thrash metal kind of like (early) Fear Factory meets Voivod coupled with those dark belted vocals of Forrest (watch out for the clean vox, "Scene Of The Crime", SWEET!).

The title track grabs you right up front with a sonic explosion of pounding bass and choppy riffs (found throughout). "Planet Dead" and "Highwire Act" are standouts sure to please any metal fan. The bone chilling "9mm Movie" and then "Long Silent Voices" with some great beakdowns using the piano. Venom fans take note this disc contains a killer version of "WARHEAD"!

What surprises me most is how one moment they can sound like Anathema or My Dying Bride and then bust out the tempo of a Dying Fetus song. Sure its been done before but I'm not sure as well as this. There is a barrage of instruments used on this album including violin, cello, piano and keyboards. P:FF is a tightly synced band using blazing riffs, melody and madness to create one devastating debut. The production and sound quality are superb comparable to Devin Townsend or Fredrik Nordstrom but it was self produced, amazing.

I could go on about each song but just do yourself a favor and buy the damn thing!


--1evil1 04.14.05
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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Troy Cole4/14/2005


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