Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils


8.1 | 34 votes |
Release date: 2 August 2011
Style: Technical death metal, Sludge metal

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01. A Thimble's Worth
02. The Prospects Of Rejection
03. By Which We're Cemented
04. In Vivid Monochrome
05. Momentary Senses
06. Fossil Record
07. Summary
08. As If Bathed In Excellence

When Ulcerate emerged early this year like a Kraken from the dead oceans and turned death metal upside down with an usually innovative lunge toward a Neurosis-ian, post-death aesthetic, I for one thought it would be a one-off entity for 2011. Apparently not. Along with a smattering of others that could fall under this neologism, such as Baring Teeth, Owl and perhaps even Mitochondrion, Flourishing take more than a leaf from this burgeoning movement of a more textured approach to death metal (and post-hardcore) and manage to inject a level of variety and diversity not seen even in The Destroyers Of All (being the perfect remedy for those that found it too repetitive).

This is one record that does not deserve to slip by unnoticed.



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Comments: 44   Visited by: 221 users
25.12.2011 - 19:45
!J.O.O.E.!
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Like Ulcerate with more variety. Exceptional record.
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30.12.2011 - 17:44
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Sounds good from what i've heard.
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02.01.2012 - 15:34
Mikyz
Written by Guest on 25.12.2011 at 19:45

Like Ulcerate with more variety. Exceptional record.


Better than Ulcerate! DM album of the year.
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02.01.2012 - 17:08
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Mikyz on 02.01.2012 at 15:34

Written by Guest on 25.12.2011 at 19:45

Like Ulcerate with more variety. Exceptional record.


Better than Ulcerate! DM album of the year.

It's a hard decision but I think I have to agree. Especially after listening to their debut EP which seems to have a lot in common with the recent Ulcerate, only it was released far earlier, showing how innovative this band truly is.
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03.01.2012 - 00:07
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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I really like this, but I'm still going for Ulcerate as the best DM album of 2011
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11.01.2012 - 19:08
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by InnerSelf on 03.01.2012 at 00:07

I really like this, but I'm still going for Ulcerate as the best DM album of 2011
don't know... I was listening to this again today (third spin) and realised that it has grown on me a lot. Need at least another spin of both records to tell haha
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11.01.2012 - 20:09
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Ag Fox on 11.01.2012 at 19:08

don't know... I was listening to this again today (third spin) and realised that it has grown on me a lot. Need at least another spin of both records to tell haha


I listened to Ulcerate so many times that I'm comfortable saying it's the best DM release of 2011 but I admit that Ulcerate over-shadowed this release for me and that I still need to give this more proper listens
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13.01.2012 - 21:30
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Well ... ehm ... Upon further listens this turned out to be almost on-par with The Destroyers of All. The hardcore influence makes this even better
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13.01.2012 - 21:34
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:30

Well ... ehm ... Upon further listens this turned out to be almost on-par with The Destroyers of All. The hardcore influence makes this even better
told you =P it does grow, doesn't it? I still love The Destroyers Of All. just not sure which one is better
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13.01.2012 - 21:37
!J.O.O.E.!
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We probably wouldn't have found this if not for Mikyz. Three cheers for him!
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13.01.2012 - 21:39
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Ag Fox on 13.01.2012 at 21:34

Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:30

Well ... ehm ... Upon further listens this turned out to be almost on-par with The Destroyers of All. The hardcore influence makes this even better
told you =P it does grow, doesn't it? I still love The Destroyers Of All. just not sure which one is better


Yeah it does along the way and as you become familiar with the riffs it begins to unfold it's (beauty?)
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13.01.2012 - 23:47
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:39

Yeah it does along the way and as you become familiar with the riffs it begins to unfold it's (beauty?)
it's ugly and beautiful at the same time, if you know what I mean o.o
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14.01.2012 - 00:34
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Written by Ag Fox on 13.01.2012 at 23:47

Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:39

Yeah it does along the way and as you become familiar with the riffs it begins to unfold it's (beauty?)
it's ugly and beautiful at the same time, if you know what I mean o.o


Absolutely, and this is what makes it different from Ulcerate which is evil and vile most of the times
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14.01.2012 - 20:37
Hotelfire
Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 17:08

Written by Mikyz on 02.01.2012 at 15:34

Written by Guest on 25.12.2011 at 19:45

Like Ulcerate with more variety. Exceptional record.


Better than Ulcerate! DM album of the year.

It's a hard decision but I think I have to agree. Especially after listening to their debut EP which seems to have a lot in common with the recent Ulcerate, only it was released far earlier, showing how innovative this band truly is.



Thanks for the kind words. "A Momentary Sense of the Immediate World" ep was released in 2010, but the songs on that release were written during 2003-2004 and recorded in 2005. It took 5 years to release due to sheer laziness. With the exception of "By Which We're Cemented" and "Summary" the bulk of "The Sum of All Fossils" were written in 2005. We recorded a 3 song ep back in August which consists of all new material which should be released late 2012. The songs in my opinion are some of the best we've wrote. Grindier, Sludgier and more Experimental.

Thanks again all on Metal Storm for your support!

- Brian (Flourishing)
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14.01.2012 - 21:19
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Hotelfire on 14.01.2012 at 20:37



Thanks for the kind words. "A Momentary Sense of the Immediate World" ep was released in 2010, but the songs on that release were written during 2003-2004 and recorded in 2005. It took 5 years to release due to sheer laziness. With the exception of "By Which We're Cemented" and "Summary" the bulk of "The Sum of All Fossils" were written in 2005. We recorded a 3 song ep back in August which consists of all new material which should be released late 2012. The songs in my opinion are some of the best we've wrote. Grindier, Sludgier and more Experimental.

Thanks again all on Metal Storm for your support!

- Brian (Flourishing)

Well I'm certainly glad you got it out eventually. It's always interesting to hear admittance of laziness from musicians, particularly as you rarely imagine that such great music could possibly come from lazy musicians!

Needless to say I'm eagerly awaiting that EP now, should be great highlight for 2012.

Anyway thanks for your reply and best of luck with Flourishing, I hope you continue to get the recognition you deserve.
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18.01.2012 - 03:06
Darkside Momo
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^Indeed. Thanks for stopping by and congrats for this great album which I, too, enjoy more and more...
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02.04.2012 - 19:07
!J.O.O.E.!
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This whole album is now up on Youtube:



You lucky bastards.
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02.04.2012 - 22:01
Rating: 9
Mr. Doctor
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Written by Guest on 02.04.2012 at 19:07

This whole album is now up on Youtube
You lucky bastards.


Awwwwww yeaaaaaaaaah



(I have the album in my computer but still cool for the rest)
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.04.2012 - 22:04
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 02.04.2012 at 22:01
(I have the album in my computer but still cool for the rest)


It's in the computer...!
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03.04.2012 - 18:51
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
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Hahaha, you guys !
everyone who loved Ulcerate should check this one out
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04.04.2013 - 22:18
Rating: 9
mz
I truly loved ulcerate but this one did not worked for me, perhaps due to the fact that I am not much used to sludgy sound. Would give it a try this week again and see what happens next
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04.04.2013 - 22:20
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Written by mz on 04.04.2013 at 22:18

I truly loved ulcerate but this one did not worked for me, perhaps due to the fact that I am not much used to sludgy sound. Would give it a try this week again and see what happens next
Could try out their most recent EP. it has a dirtier, grittier sound.
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05.04.2013 - 20:55
Rating: 9
mz
Written by Guest on 04.04.2013 at 22:20

Written by mz on 04.04.2013 at 22:18

I truly loved ulcerate but this one did not worked for me, perhaps due to the fact that I am not much used to sludgy sound. Would give it a try this week again and see what happens next
Could try out their most recent EP. it has a dirtier, grittier sound.


I first tried to download their recent EP a few months ago but could not find that and instead, stock to this album. I might try their first EP as it seems to be less sludgy, Anyway thanks for heads up .
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06.08.2014 - 17:06
Alex F
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Can these guys please make some more music. One of the best modern death metal bands, easily.
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06.08.2014 - 17:22
!J.O.O.E.!
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I don't remember this band having any sludge metal in it...
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06.08.2014 - 17:48
Alex F
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Written by Guest on 06.08.2014 at 17:22

I don't remember this band having any sludge metal in it...

Yeah they don't. Listening through Intersubjectivity and there is absolutely none. I've gone through their entire (yet short) discog this morning and there is zero sludge to be found. No clue who added that tag
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06.08.2014 - 17:55
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Alex F on 06.08.2014 at 17:48

Yeah they don't. Listening through Intersubjectivity and there is absolutely none. I've gone through their entire (yet short) discog this morning and there is zero sludge to be found. No clue who added that tag

Pretty sure it used to have a post-hardcore tag at one point, which I think would better sum up part of their sound.
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06.08.2014 - 17:56
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 06.08.2014 at 17:55

Pretty sure it used to have a post-hardcore tag at one point, which I think would better sum up part of their sound.

Definitely a more accurate tag, but in defense of the tagging issue, it is quite hard to classify exactly what Flourishing "are" as they are so unique
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06.08.2014 - 18:13
Troy Killjoy
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I remember reading a couple reviews saying something along the lines of death metal meets atmospheric sludge or something to that effect. Of course, being an invisible band, this one is easier for others to edit.
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06.08.2014 - 18:27
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.08.2014 at 18:13

I remember reading a couple reviews saying something along the lines of death metal meets atmospheric sludge or something to that effect. Of course, being an invisible band, this one is easier for others to edit.

Do certain perms depend on a band's visibility then?
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