Review by Paul Castles
FDA Rekotz have a number of promising acts in their stable and Revel in Flesh are up there with the best of them. Revel in Flesh make no attempt to reinvent the death metal wheel but, like their countrymen Deserted Fear, they know how to create fevered rhythmic tracks bristling with aggression and speed.
Manifested Darkness introduces itself with an unforgiving explosive belch after which Revel In Flesh simply crash their way through 45 minutes of wonderfully energised death metal. The German five-piece really strip things down to the bone delivering a pounding aural assault above which settles the gravel-coated voice of vocalist Haubersson.
‘Deathmarch’ opens inauspiciously with the sounds of the wind and the sea before a cacophonous guttural cry hits you straight between the eyes after which your whole body is subjected to a slam-heavy rotten riff. Although Haubersson’s vocal delivery is pure death metal the overall sound, as on blitzkrieg numbers such as ‘The Maggot Colony’, is really thrash but with enough creative melodies running through its veins to avoid monotony. Longest track ‘Operation Citadel’ sees Revel in Flesh ease the foot off the gas a fraction in favour of a steadier slower approach but still bulging at the sides with venom and vitriol. On ‘Rotting in the Void,’ Revel in Flesh are brave enough to open with a few shimmering keys from a piano before Haubersson’s barbaric growl again breaks through the tranquillity with all the compassion of a bull in a china shop.
Revel in Flesh draw much of their inspiration from the Swedish death metal scene of the 80s and 90s – their name is the title of an Entombed song. Manifested Darkness would sit shoulder to shoulder with plenty of Scandinavian releases from that era.
7 out of 10
- Revel In Flesh
- Dominate The Rotten
- Manifested Darkness
- Torment In Fire
- The Maggot Colony
- Operation Citadel
- Rotting In The Void
- Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay (CD only bonustrack)