May God Strike Me Dead
Gore metal that's a killer in every way
Having already made their mark in their native Ukraine and large part of the European underground in general, Kiev based three piece act Fleshgore (Who are vocalist Sid, guitarist/bassist Igor and drummer Max) have finally secured a distribution deal for the rest of the world for their third release (Following 2001's Interuterine Dilemms E.P. and 2003's Killing Absorption) May God Strike Me Dead, which was originally released back in 2005. As the name suggests, Fleshgore's sound is primarily based around technical death metal with elements of grind, which means May God Strike Me Dead is nothing short of pure primal carnage for most of its thirty-four minute running length.
The opening cacophony of Crackdown is fairly indicative of what to expect for the remainder of the album, with plenty of precision being displayed in the well-executed riff structures and on the hard-hitting drums, while vocalist Sid alternates between deep guttural growls to high squealing tortured pig like noises. Both Fag-End and Day Of Doom incorporates far more groove and melodic solos into the structures than the first track to annihilate with their crushing power rather than the technical aspect of their sound (Although it's still very much there), while the extended lead at the start of Passion (The first promotional video clip filmed for the album) and its eventual lead into predominately slower terrain shows a different side to the band, and one that easily stands out as one of the strongest cuts on the album.
Counteracting the experimental nature of Passion, Greed, Obtrusion and No Way Out! all batter their way out of the speakers with blurring speed and savage barbarity, while the alternating slow/sped up pacing of Time To Stop and the extended (Almost epic) seven minute Twisted Reality (Which actually manages to remain interesting throughout with it's melodic riff sections combined with the intensity of the former tracks) finish off the album.
As far as technical death/gore metal goes, Fleshgore's second full-length effort is a killer effort from a production point of view (The album was self produced), as well as in performance and in the song writing sense. Now with a far reaching distribution deal set up, I can see Fleshgore conquering well beyond Europe, and their name being mentioned a lot more in the future.
(This Dark Reign Recordings/Devil Doll Records/Stomp Records Distribution)