FleshCraft the new album from Danish death metallers Corpus Mortale is quite simply a monster, a colossal beast of intensity, sound, and quality, and a release which could be a new defining signpost in Danish death metal if not extreme metal as a whole. The album clenches the listener firmly in its jaw throughout, each track a ravenous chewing and crushing of the senses which drains energy and lungs of fight and leaves the deepest rewards in the sonic charnel house installed. The band has built a fine and acclaimed reputation over the years but without doubt FleshCraft is easily their finest moment.
Formed in 1993 it was ten years later with the release of their debut album With Lewd Demeanor, supported by a 20 date European tour with fellow Danes Konkhra and Illnath, that a wider appreciation of the aggressive sounds of the band began growing to build on the already strong local following Corpus Mortale had drawn. Second album A New Species of Deviant elevated their strong underground stature further with its release in 200, powerfully followed up the following year by a successful European tour alongside Nile, Grave, Krisiun and Ulcerate. With line-up changes across the years the trio of vocalist/bassist Martin Rosendahl, guitarists Carlos Garcia Robles and Brian Eriksen wrote and recorded their third album across 2011. The Copenhagen based threesome evolved their sound into the destructive pleasure found on FleshCraft in this period taking to a mix of studios to record the album which was mastered and produced by sound engineer Jacob Olsen. Released via Deepsend Records, the towering creation leaves the listener a breathless and exhausted victim in the wake of its inventive devastation, but a grinning invigorated and thrilled victim.
The album brews its introduction through wastelands of sound and chilled atmosphere as opener Weakest Of The Weak emerges from its coarse ambience. In full view the track unleashes a tirade of barbaric rhythms and inciting guitar caresses before taking the cap off their energy and exploding into a furious storm of destructive intensity and accomplished aural violence. The ever immense and impressive vocals of Rosendahl spreads malice dripping guttural violation from within the fluctuating brooding and annihilatory surges of the , it is a direct and corrosive attack, low on complications but as skilled and focused in writing and delivery as you can imagine. Like a leering predator overseeing its prey before turning it to blood soaked devastation the track is an intensive force and outstanding start to the album.
The following carnivorous storms The Unwashed Horde and A Murderous Creed elevate and accelerate the pleasure and inspiring presence of the album further, the first a hungry canker of impressive drums and scarring guitar sonics speared by tumultuous riffs and verbal malevolence and its successor a brutal tsunami of rabid intensity and inhumane masterful sounds. Both tracks rip bigger fissures in the wounds left gaping by the first track with the second of the pair especially savage and compelling. The bass on A Murderous Creed is exceptional, a sadistic entity on its own venomous mission within the cancerous unforgiving breath of the song and thoroughly irresistible alongside the equally contagious insidious waspish sonic grooving.
Truthfully there is not a weakness on the album, the likes of the excellently truculent Scorn of the Earth and the brilliant Love Lies Bleeding equally irresistible aggressors to what come before and after them. The latter of the two opens with a rapidly emerging feast of organic bass growling and cagey rhythms which is sheer primal manna before twisting into a voracious unrelenting wall of intense creativity and nastiness. It is the best track from the album if it is possible to choose any over another and one powerful reasons out of ten as to why the album already is looking good for best of year heights.
If things were not impressive enough the album sets free further mountainous surges of defined and perfectly sculpted brutality in the unreserved gaits of the expressive Enthralled and the uncompromising rankle Tempt Not the Knife, just two more highlights in a release of nothing but pinnacles. Closing on a reworking of Seize the Moment of Murder, a track which was only previously available on a limited 7-inch vinyl, FleshCraft is a stunning and sensational start to the year for death and extreme metal. Corpus Mortale is a band you should and need to know about and their new album the perfect malefaction to begin the submission.
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