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Rating:
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Fleshgore - May God Strike Me Dead
9 May 2006


01. Crackdown
02. Fag End
03. Day Of Doom
04. Passion
05. Greed
06. Obtrusion
07. No Way Out!
08. Time To Stop
09. Twisted Reality


In 2004, the Ukrainian band Fleshgore released a demo with some of the songs found in this album, they easily found a good record deal and created this full-length called "May God Strike Me Dead". If you've read the last Fleshgore's review I wrote, you already know how they sound; I usually don't repeat the things I already wrote, but this time it's quite necessary believe me.

This album sounds incredibly different than their previous material; "May God Strike Me Dead" shows an experienced band with polished songwriting, tight musical skills, super-catchy riffing, technical approaches, greater vocals and clean production (not muddy and dried as in "Killing Absorption"). As you can see they changed a lot of things for this album, finally we have a band that will be able to say "You think big names are great because you haven't heard us yet".

Maybe I'm overreacting a bit, but even if I am, metalheads will know this album brings fresh ideas to the table while hearing the marvelous fourth track ("Passion") or the ascending solos found everywhere in this record…(Note: I said fresh, not original). The structures have great rising progressions that build interest in the listener from the beginning to the very end; the technicality in this album is very sharp, the guitar solos are overwhelming and the breakdowns are incredibly tight; the drummer adds irregular drum patterns thus generating a fascinating tempo in each song featured in this album.

I've read some reviews saying this album is good only "between meals", I think they're stupid. This might not be the greatest album of the year, but "May God Strike Me Dead" will be able to throw a great battle with the big albums of the scene…Who knows, maybe they'll win in a few years with their next album; right now this is just a very good album.

Best Tracks: "Passion", "Twisted Reality", "Fag-End"

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 7


Band profile: Fleshgore
Album: May God Strike Me Dead


 


written by Herzebeth | 16.11.2006



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