Review: Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails


USA, Unique Leader Records, Technical / Progressive Death Metal

On the run to the stars … Ah how amazing and original this band is. On the first record, they went into extremely melodic and technical black / death metal so I waited impatiently for the “The Harvest Wombs” follower. “The Flesh Prevails” has a much greater momentum and heaves wide, progressive circles. It also has a incredible speed and space atmosphere. I’m pretty sure you have not heard this year anything as intense and progressive on such scale. Vibrating guitars, like sinusoid go up and down through whole scale (NO guitar wankery!). There is no exaggeration at any moment. This is extreme but melodic music. Often stops and leaves place for improvisations. It can sing ethereally with female voices. Despite the fact it often inputs million sounds into our heads in different distances – they are perfectly fit. One guitar fills main motif and the second one limp single notes somewhere on the other side. This is also the uniqueness of these sounds. You can place them in the space because they offer great space and amazing deep.

There is wide variety of stopping mechanisms and blast beats. They may have deathcore etymology but this isn’t a problem at all. These are highly energetic moments which aren’t accented in any way. Stop&go flows naturally in here and always in continued series. I like the fact, Fallujah goes far beyond the genre and don’t brag about deathcore legacy like many bands. They don’t want to be considered as a strict band. It’s an advantage because they don’t go round and round in circles with one more breakdown because “we are so modern, we are so deathcore”. They only incorporates it to their own style and do this unobtrusively and consistently. They don’t fear to experiment as well, serving us specific interlude – “Alone With You”. It is like some sort of crown jewel for the female vocals concept. Do I like it? It’s a surprising one but maybe it suits the astral atmosphere? I’m not sure. It surely provokes a discussion and that’s always a good thing. I could consider pros and cons for a long time but Fallujah is one of that unique bands which is hard to describe. It should be intensively listened. You should let yourself on a trip to the stars with this album. “The Flesh Prevails” is simply epic!

Rating: 10/10
Reviewer: Rimmon

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