I have actually avoided this band for a long time due to the name. Basically, when I read a name with the word "flesh" in it, I generally think it has to do with gore and cannibalism and for the most part I am right. It's also music in the Death/Grind genre too. I never paid much attention to these Swedes either until I saw their 1999 re-release of "Fast Forward" with the logo looking like the cover of one of my all time favorite movies "Battle Royale."
Now, I am given their latest for review and I am not quite sure how their past sounded, but this fucking knocked my ass on the floor and snapped my neck because this was Thrash heard at its finest. The songs are short and sweet, but lethal. Each track is like a double barrelled shot gun blasting trough your chest. "Stripped To The Bone" literally did just that as the guys just pound and riffed their way until your ears bled dry. They are fast and deadly, but performed with precision. Now in all honesty, their isn't much melody here to smooth things over because it about being raw, abusive and angry as fuck all the way through. However, they write their songs in a way that all Thrash fans can get into right away. They aren't super complex and they have a beat that you can follow and dig without losing your attention.
"Chain Reaction" has plenty of things in here that are worthy of being remembered for. There are countless bands that play with plenty of piss and vigor, but aren't memorable. Perhaps it's because there is no character to their music and it's all paint by numbers or their isn't any feeling behind the performances. Either way, I was blown away by this performance and I will keep my ears and eyes focused on them from here on out. Just for the record, the MÖTLEY CRÜE cover of "Red Hot" kicks major ass! (Online December 22, 2005)