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Review: Fleshcrawl - Soulskinner

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 43:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 10, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.44/5 (68.89%) (18 Votes)

Fleshcrawl are an underrated band, I can tell that because I knew so little as to think their one prior to this "As Blood Rains From The Sky blah blah blah" was their debut, when it was in fact their fifth studio album. This is their sixth, and it's a cut above the one that came before.

When you are jonesing for some old-school Swedish Death Metal with no frills at all, then this is the band you reach for (along with Paganizer and Dismember probably). This doesn't sound any different from their last album, it's just a bit better. Better riffs, better songs, actual catchy choruses here and there. They manage to slow down here and there and bring in a doomy vibe, and in other places they get thrashy without going to mush. "Metal Gods" is a Priest cover, and I'm surprised at how well it harshes up. The guitar tone is still pure fucking Entombed worship, though oddly not recorded at Sunlight, go figure. Fleshcrawl show almost no evolution or maturation on this one, and that's a blessing. For every band that mutates into something cool, there are three that just start to suck, but bands like this are always reliable. With Fleshcrawl you know you're gonna get a straight-up Death Metal album with no keyboards, no clean vocals, no chick singing – none of that crap. Just pure, unadulterated, raging death. And while the last one was sort of bland, "Soulskinner" is just a rock-solid example of its genre. Recommended for Swedish Death Metal fans.

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