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After facing numerous lineup changes over the course of their history, Swedish death metal band Corrosive Carcass finally releases their debut full length album, Composition of Flesh, 8 long years after their formation all the way back in 2004. The fear of yet another Entomed or Nihilist clone once again left me hesitant in listening to the album, yet fortunately there are surprises that Corrosive Carcass has put into Composition of Flesh that manage to make it stand out somewhat from the rest of their peers.
Being Swedish, by nature the gnarly guitar tone and the d-beat infused drumming styles are immediately noticeable right from the start of the album, and the influences from old school Swedish death metal bands like Entombed are immediately clear. Even the lead guitars that are present on the album also reek of these influences, such as the haunting solo on Butchershop, not particularly flamboyant but the heavy tone and the slow, melodic approach could easily fit on an Entombed track. But vocalist Jonathan takes a more savage approach in his vocal styles, often belting out the lyrics on the album in a tortured growl, going from high-pitched shrieks to low-pitched guttural growls, without any care for proper techniques whatsoever, and the main point being the aggression that is in the music.
While the music of Corrosive Carcass are fundamentally and undeniably old school Swedish death metal, the band has also included some influences from other death metal forefathers such as Death, such as on the opening moments of songs like Self Mutilation, with the somewhat thrashy feel of the riffing style, preventing the band from sounding like a complete clone of the old school Swedish death metal legends. There are even the doom-laden moments on tracks like Born in a Casket, that instantly sends an ominous feeling to the listener, and reeks heavily of death and gore, fitting to the themes that Corrosive Carcass has written on Composition of Flesh. Collector even includes an acoustic moment towards the end of the track to further up the already haunting atmosphere.
The band also takes a rather straightforward approach in their songwriting style, with most of the tracks on the album lasting less than 3 minutes, with Avatar barely meeting the 1 minute mark even, and this keeps the listener constantly on his feet, anticipating the next round of onslaught by the band. That said though, the band surprises the listener with the album closer The End of Us All, almost hitting 8 minutes, displaying that the band is more capable than just being able to write short songs.
Swedish death metal is far from being my favourite death metal subgenre, but Composition of Flesh has managed to keep me captivated throughout, with the violent and aggressive undertone that the band has taken, making it a rather enjoyable release from these Swedes.