Once upon a time there was a form of music...no other genre has ever received more accolades from its followers; and as you may have guessed by now, no other form of music has ever been looked down at more times by the folks not involved with it. True metal has been born into the world to show the "rest of them" what it means to be a true misfit. It was meant to show the herd that we are not like the others. No other music rocked harder that TRUE METAL.
Enter the 90's and the history has repeated itself again. Metal was shunned by the hordes of alternative losers that knew nothing better than to whine about the rainy Seattle weather, pleasures of masturbation and the economy. Spikes and leather were the most definite anathema for the mainstream press; those who are in charge of television feared the very sight of a person in an Iron Maiden T-shirt. But as the history has already shown, metal doesn't die. It just goes back to the underground, which makes it stronger than ever.
But to finish with all this preaching, here we have Defleshed. Young Swedish band already released a mini-CD called "Ma Belle Scallpelle" about year ago. It certainly did showcase the band's potential and most importantly their certain affinity towards the old school. Don't get me wrong: retro-thrash revival has brought us the wave of bands that prefer to directly lift the riffs off the good old albums from such masters of the genre like Destruction or Sodom. Defleshed prefer to use the influence that carry forth to create "Solid Metal". And solid it is.
My favorite song on the record is definitely "Metalbounded". Great riff, excellent pacing, sick vocals - all make for great new metal classics. "Curse The Gods", a Destruction cover that closes the record, is a definitive salute to the old masters that created the scene in the 80's; however, Defleshed mix it successfully with the spirit of the 90's. Death metal has always been known to marry the adjacent genres of extreme music. Defleshed are no letdowns here either. Get Under The Blade, a 6 pack and a fatty to light up to the glory of the Metal Gods!