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FLESHRED
FLESHRED
Bloodtorn
(Violent Journey Records)
49:06min

I actually somehow saw this happening… Finland's Death Metal crusher squad, FLESHRED, that has constantly been strengthening their profile in the underground Death Metal scene by a couple of well received demos they recorded during 2009, has now got their debut album released, on a domestic Finnish label Violent Journey Records, that has specialized in real underground Metal bands mostly. First off, due to a fairly good success of FLESHRED's both demos, it's no wonder at all why they also decided to include all 4 demo tracks from their last 2009 demo + 1 song ('The Halls Of Tormented Flesh') off their debut demo to the band's 12-track debut album, 'Bloodtorn'. FLESHRED - just like so many other Finnish underground extreme Metal troops these days that have been formed within the past 3-4 years or so, have chosen to go back to the roots, and recording Death Metal as its most brutal and ugliest form as it can overall be possible. In many ways, 'Bloodtorn'  works out a great reminder of what Death Metal used to be in the 90s; a ripping sonic torment, in which a heavy, down-tuned and crispy guitar sound, bowels upside turning death grunts, eerie guitar melodies and shit, meant the most important foundation for many of these similar type of bands back in  the day. FLESHRED have clearly paid a visit to a graveyard of the defunct Fin / Swe Death Metal bands of the 90s; collected some rotten bones from there and put them together again into one firm piece - and sort of believing something good may come out of it. Well, it's no denying that they have done pretty darn good work by following their instincts because 'Bloodtorn' indeed turns out to be a relatively solid piece of work from them when it comes to reanimating the sound of an old corpse again. The stuff they have recorded for 'Bloodtorn', sounds delightfully frightening and brutal enough, throwing a listener back in time when sheer enthusiasm to create an ultra-heavy, grinding ear-blistering Death Metal mattered way more than being too much worried about whether you could play your fancy riffs precisely note by note, or hit the right beats behind your drum kit like some semi-professional Jazz musician. On "Bloodtorn", the name of the game is - just a slightly modernized, old school Death Metal, primarily executed both in the Finnish and Swedish Death Metal style of the 90s. It's kinda hard to dislike this stuff all in all, unless one seeks for more originality and uniqueness from his / her likings. Unfortunately you can find none of that stuff from this record but will certainly get a slab of vicious, in-yer-face brutality instead - and in fact, a plenty of it. Feeling happy now? www.myspace.com/fleshred, www.violentjourneyrecords.com

Luxi Lahtinen

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