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Fleshgore: May God Strike Me Dead

Ukraine's Fleshgore has been around since 2000. Their debut album Killing Absorption came out in 2003 and was received very well in most of the Eastern European countries. They released May God Strike Me Dead in 2005, but a year later, they signed a worldwide deal with The Dark Reign in hopes of reaching a broader audience.

As their name implies, Fleshgore plays a strong mix of death metal with an equal amount of grind and technical death metal elements. The thick, chunky riffage that kicks off "Crackdown" before incessant double bass drums fill the whole song suggest the production recalls Vader and Decapitated. Funny enough, the band have actually recorded the album in the same studio. Other than that, Fleshgore has more of an American death metal vibe going on in their songs, while still sharing some characteristics with bands like Aborted. Fans of Dying Fetus will rejoice when they hear some of these songs. Chock full of razor-sharp riffs, pounding drums and low guttural vocals (albeit unintelligible most of the time), May God Strike Me Dead is also a pretty short album at only 33 minutes. The guitar work of Igor is quite challenging, as he opts for some cool wah pedal work and guitar effects on the weirdly titled "Fag-End"; churns out impressive riffage on "Day of Doom"; lays downs bits of acoustic guitars on "Passion" (which then turns into full death metal assault); and grooves hard on "Obtrusion". There are some interesting chord progressions, such as the one on "No Way Out!", and even though it's pretty far back in the mix throughout the album, the bass rhythm drives this piece to its crushing finale.

There is nothing here you haven't heard before, but what they do they do well. Death metal fans of the aforementioned bands and perhaps Broken Hope and Hate Eternal might want to give Fleshgore a listen.

Track Listing

  1. Crackdown
  2. Fag-End
  3. Day of Doom
  4. Passion
  5. Greed
  6. Obtrusion
  7. No Way Out!
  8. Time to Stop
  9. Twisted Reality

Added: August 13th 2006
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
Related Link: Fleshgore website
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Language: english

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