|Fleshpress's elegant and dark Sludge Doom revisits Lovecraftian horrors.|
Fleshpress aren’t exactly newcomers in the Sludge scene but it took them quite some time to get back to studio after their late rewarding offering Pillars released in 2007. The blame may most likely be put on Mikko Aspa’s busy schedule with his other bands (Clandestine Blaze, Deathspell Omega etc…). Still, as a comeback, the band decided to record not one album but two EPs which are to be comprised as a single Fleshpress release. Nonetheless, we at Doom-Metal.com have decided to review them independently in order to provide different insights.|
While III was arguably quite the deception, Pillars had struck Sludge fans with its unique blend of atmospheric, verging-on-ambient music delivering an ominous feeling of malaise. Rebuild / Crumble goes yet in another direction putting the emphasis on horror, the rampant Lovecraftian kind of horror that most Metal addicts come to appreciate.
Bearing many resemblances with Eibon’s Entering Darkness, Fleshpress’ Sludge is ridden with musical influences whose roots clearly dwell in both Death Metal and Black Metal. Do not expect self-destructive Sludge a la Toadliquor or Eyehategod but rather an elegant and dark mix where unease and horror are more suggested than shown.
Since it’s only a two-track Ep, there’s not much to be said except that ‘Crumble’ goes even further into the horror than ‘Rebuild’ (and the lyrical progression would demonstrate this) having its very own horror soundtrack inserted that will bring back haunting memories of Brian Yuzna’s Lovecraftian productions. This effort will then please fans of the aforementioned Eibon or also fans of the late Sludge/Death/Black act Anubis Rising. Definitely recommendable in my book. Now on to the review of No Return!
Duration : Approx. 18 minutes
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