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Review: Mourned by Flies - Far Beyond the Grave
Mourned by Flies
Far Beyond the Grave

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 50:35
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 30, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Far Beyond the Grave

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

There's not much flesh left around the bones of Melodic Death Metal anymore, as this particular subgenre of Metal has pretty much eaten itself inside out... Well, for the most part anyway.

Still, some new bands may come straight from the bushes and surprise you somewhat positively. Colorado-based melodic Death Metallers Mourned by Flies did just that to me most recently with their second album, titled Far Beyond the Grave. Mourned by Flies operates with early In Flames and early Unanimated type of melodiousness in Death Metal, incorporating some unorthodox and experimental elements into it, just to avoid any type of straight copycatting and getting their own stuff branded by a good amount of their collective ideas that seem to carry far enough on this new opus.

Listening to Far Beyond the Grave also brings a pretty wide grin back on my face because it's been a while since any band from this genre has managed to move me. Mourned by Flies has used their melodic Death Metal recipe well by not only sticking to the old ideas, but also mixing something of their very own into it. This always deserves some respect and admiration in the sense of striving for some originality. In many ways, Far Beyond the Grave sounds somehow familiar but, on the other hand, there are enough twists and turns that sort of keep your nerve cells awake and alert. Production-wise, the album could sound a bit better as overall the production is kind of thin, but thankfully they make it all up with a set of nicely sticking melo Death Metal songs that the album is pretty much full of. They are very good at what they do, and I believe we'll be hearing from them much more in the future, no doubt.

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