The Pitch: Four years in the wake of their previous album, Greek old school death metal band Mass Infection awaken a new epoch of brutality through Comatose Music. FFO: Death, early Behemoth, Hideous Divinity
What I Like: Another album that feels straight out of the 90's. Between the old school death growls, classic approach to musicianship, and a production job left purposefully rough around the edges; Shadows Became Flesh should be an utter delight to death metal purists everywhere. The thunderous, blackened riffs have a timeless quality; one that conjures ominous imagery and an intensely dark mood. I was frequently reminded of vintage Behemoth albums like Zos Kia Kultus and Thelema.6. And if the viciously fuming guitar hooks weren't enough, Giulio Galati (Hideous Divinity, Bloodshot Dawn) brings some serious fire to the drum kit. Far more than the average double-bass blasting machine, Giulio doesn't just provide texture... he f#$king teraforms. His highly technical, and often unpredictable, approach here with Mass Infection is worthy of at least an 8 on the Richter scale.
Critiques: This is all pretty familiar territory. I see myself enjoying these tracks as shuffle brings them back around, but I'm not sure how much I'll find myself thinking "You know what I haven't listened to in a while? Mass Infection." But that's from someone who has listened to a few hundred albums this year.
The Verdict: While I'm unsure of how much staying power it'll have for me personally, Shadows Became Flesh is a rock solid and technically impressive death metal album worthy of your attention. Mass Infection deliver on both insidiously dark atmosphere and proficient performances that had me banging my head from start to finish. Get it Friday.
Flight's Fav's: Demise of the Almighty, At One with Demon Dreams, The Merging of Infinities
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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