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Deeds of Flesh: Of What's to Come
Technical Brutal Death Metal
Unique Leader Reacords
November 18th, 2008
Release length: 39:23
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Deeds of Flesh is one of the most well respected bands in the Brutal Death Metal scene. Their more Brutal atmosphere doesn’t come from stereotypes of pig squeels and other such trivial elements that many of the more underground Brutal Death Metal acts, such as Disgorge, have had in their recordings, but play a style more reminiscent of the material Cryptopsy played before going Metalcore. Through their career, the band has issued six full-lengths prior to this release, Of What’s to Come, and, with the exception of 2005’s Crown of Souls, their releases have not seen a lot of negative press, if any. Sadly, with Of What’s to Come, there was one main issue behind it that held this effort down.

One of the main gripes that Metal fans have today is that digital recording studios cannot properly capture the bite that this brand of music has. This is a justified argument, as there are plenty of albums out there that are greatly hurt by today’s more stylish productions, but it does seemt o help some of the more Symphonic bands along, such as Nightwish and Dimmu Borgir. Of course, Deeds of Flesh is neither of those two bands, and the production quality here is hard to describe. Of What’s to Come seems to carry a clear production throughout the release, but at the same time the guitars sound a little muddy, which seems to be more fromt he distortion used, which simply sounds weak for the most part. When the music becomes very chaotic, like on the title track, “Of What’s the Come”, it sounds pretty good, but when it’s not and just focuses more on complexity, it feel very bland and doesn’t have that bite at all, being greatly overshadowed by the bass. Even the drumming falls prey to this phenomenon, coming off bland and even a little empty, even with the double bass kicks coming off like machine gun blasts. The only time the drums sound whole and really have any kick to them is when the double bass hammers away, the music becomes chaotic which enhances the guitars, and there is a huge focus on the snares a little on the cymbols, as the latter just sound far back in the mix and sometimes are barely audible.

Outside of the rather bland sound of the music, this is an alright album. The vocals may seem a bit silly at times because of it, but for the most part they work with the recording. Had they been a little deeper like they often come across on “Virvum”, or the dual vocals between the regular style and a higher pitched rhaspier Black Metal approach in the background, then there have been a little more impact coming from the release. “Virvum” is also one of the few tracks on here that genuinely packs an impact and feels like there is genuine energy behind the music. It’s around this track that the band seems to really focus on weaving a more Brutal sound then being insanely intricate and technical with their material. The following track, “Century of the Vital”, is another enjoyable track, but only proves how the bass dwarfs everything else due to the quality of the recording. and due how much the bass stands out as a whole other layer to the music and doesn’t really follow the main path of the music at all at times, it actually gives a slight Progressive feel to the song, leading to something that a band like Biomechanical or Atheist would utilize if they had dumbed their music down and stayed solely in a Death Metal sound. This track also has some great deeper gutteral vocals utilized, and again, it just makes the music sound better and less silly, bringing a more serious overtone that was clearly the goal for the band.

Of What’s to Come shines through when the band really sits down to focus on weaving more brutal Death Metal songs then overly technical tracks. While Technical Metal in any form isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the issue here is the production quality, distortion used on the guitar, and the often silly, out of place vocal style that adorns plenty of tracks. There are a good handful of actual Brutal tracks, but for the most part, the album is comprised of bland music that is played in great technicality, but doesn’t boast anything all that special outside of a talented ability to create technical music, ultimately coming off as bland. For fans of Deeds of Flesh, Of What’s to Come is not one of the band’s shining moments, and leaves a good deal to be desired.

01. Waters of Space – 5:30
02. Eradication Pods – 3:34
03. Unearthly Invent – 3:32
04. Of What’s to Come – 5:56
05. Virvum – 3:16
06. Century of the Vital – 5:00
07. Harvest Temples – 4:05
08. Dawn of the Next – 4:04
09. Infecting Them with Falsehood – 4:26
Overall Score: 6/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.