|Review: Scent of Flesh - Valor in Hatred|
|Valor in Hatred|
Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 1, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Valor in Hatred
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Whoa.. What do we have here? Brutal Death Metal that doesn't suffer from a severe case of the suck? That happens what, once or twice a year max? ;) Alright, joking aside, based on some of my recent encounters with the genre I was expecting this to be another turd. Thankfully for my ears and my sanity, it's not. Is it brutal? Yes it is. Is it a gathering of high speed nonsense like so many cheap brutal DM bands? No, it's not. Burp-ish growling aside, Scent of Flesh manage a good marriage between very speedy and heavy DM, and more slow to mid-paced, atmospheric and melodic passages. The result: You get your ass kicked by the sheer speed and brutality, but at the same time you avoid the boringness of an all-full-speed album by including some breaks into quieter territory - from some more thrash oriented melodic riffs down to the ending track which is one of those tracks that have a biblical atmosphere to it (slow with choir-type vocals - you get the picture.) Well, more accurately, this last one starts off pretty fast but ends very slowly in the aforementioned style. To top it off, this whole mix of speed and brutality with more atmospheric songs actually comes out pretty good overall - it all fits together and the album flows very nicely. A varied death metal album is always welcome. This is one.
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