It's hard not to feel stupid when you first come across a band as good as FLESHCRAWL that has been around for over a decade, but that is exactly how I felt the moment I received this CD and got my ass kicked by it. With the growing number of bands boarding the Melodic Death wagon it's become strangely refreshing to hear a band which plays uncompromising, old school Death Metal, which is exactly what FLESHCRAWL do on their seventh release "Flesh Bloody Flesh".
Much like label-mates GOD DETHRONED, this German ensemble deliver relentless Death Metal that quite simply slaughters all in its path. Not dependant on speed, the band kicks off with the crushing "Beneath The Dying Sun", perfectly setting the stage for their bloody spectacle. Though not dependant on speed, there is still plenty to be found here, as displayed by the double bass of the title-track, as well as the frenzied blasts of the appropriately titled "Damned In Fire". With a heavy as hell production job and top-notch playing by all, any Death Metal fan would be foolish to overlook this noteworthy release.
Though more could be said, every so often words lose their value and the music speaks for itself. Brutal yet accessible, this album crushes you from start to finish until you are a bloody mess, begging for more. With GOD DETHRONED, VADER, CANNIBAL CORPSE and now FLESHCRAWL on its roster, few can argue the fact that Metal Blade is leading the way in terms of high quality Death Metal. So do yourself a favour and surrender yourself, as sooner or later, FLESHCRAWL will capture you. I would willingly continue to praise this album but it's getting harder and harder to type and head-bang at the same time. (Online April 16, 2004)