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Review: Skeletal Remains - Beyond the Flesh
Skeletal Remains
Beyond the Flesh

Label: F.D.A. Rekotz
Year released: 2012
Duration: 32:56
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 4, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Beyond the Flesh

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

I'm fairly particular with death metal, so it's great to see a new band appeal to me on every level. You can tell almost instantly that Skeletal Remains spent their time listening to the late eighties/early nineties releases from the likes of Gorguts, Pestilence, Death and Obituary prior to recording Beyond The Flesh. This sounds as though it could have legitimately come out around that time.

From the get go Skeletal Remains set out to flatten the listener, and they back it up with a heinous arsenal of virulent riffs, sickening rhythms and maniacal vocals in the vein of Martin Van Drunen or even early Chuck Schuldiner. Performances across the board are excellent, with a lot of energy bounding out of the speakers, and a perfect amount of technical prowess. If there's any slight issue I have with Beyond The Flesh, I'd have to say it's in the lead guitars. Don't get me wrong they're impressive, I've just found them to be a little too over-indulgent for the sound displayed across the album. I'd much rather have seen some prolonged riff sections in the middle of tracks, as these guys are seriously on the ball when it comes to that shit.

Largely coming off as the bastard child of Considered Dead and Consuming Impulse, this doesn't bring much in the way of originality to the table. What it does though is outright destroy you, and sometimes I've found that to trump originality. If you're interested in this particular style of purebred death metal then get this album now. Seriously recommended!

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