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Project: Failing Flesh - A Beautiful Sickness (8/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Karmageddon Media
Playing time: 40:35
Band homepage: Project: Failing Flesh

Tracklist:

  1. A Beautiful Sickness >mp3
  2. Planet Dead
  3. 9mm Movie
  4. Scene Of The Crime
  5. Entrance Wound
  6. Long Silent Voices
  7. Dementia Pugilistica
  8. Taste Of The Lie
  9. Highwire Act
  10. Warhead
Project: Failing Flesh - A Beautiful Sickness

Starting off with two multi-instrumentalists, Kevin 131 and Tim Gutierrez, PROJECT: FAILING FLESH then acquired Eric Forrest (VOIVOD, E-FORCE) as a vocalist and things started to get more interesting. The bio on their website seems to portray the band members as scientists and the music as an experiment. Could this analogy hold true, or is the band being pretentious? The music rocks, so any sense of pretension is forgiven.

 

The band does have its foundation in Thrash Metal, though it is used to springboard to other subgenres. Elements of Grind, Death, Prog and Industrial are all present. Also used are non-traditional Metal instruments, like a viola, played by DYSRHYTHMIA’s Clayton Ingerson, which is played rather dissonantly. The songs jump all over the place, segueing into the various styles that the band mixes together, sometimes starting off with a powerful grooving riff, going into a more Thrash direction and ending off with some slow piano section that ends the song on a calm note. It seems rather schizophrenic and chaotic, but it just works perfectly.

 

There is a very cold and sterile, MESHUGGAH-like feel to the entire record. The guitar sound reminds me A LOT of those crazy Swedes. The riffing style grabs some techniques from that band as well, with the mechanical staccato riffing which is present, though some EMPEROR-ish Black Metal parts are featured as well (albeit not as much).

 

The album ends with a cover of VENOM’s “Warhead”. I can’t compare it to the original, as I’ve never heard, though considering that VENOM had the reputation of having mixed the diverse types of the underground music of their time, I say it’s fitting.

 

The band draws from a lot of the facets of the underground and releases this warped, deranged, bastard child of music. I love it.

 

Recommended. (Online February 15, 2006)

Armen Janjanian



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