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Addictingly brutal. - 94%

orphy, October 29th, 2005

For anyone who's listened to Deeds of Flesh before, they know what to expect: high quality brutal death metal that's full of twisting riffs, lightning fast and precise drumming, and overall excellent song writing. There 2005 offering "Crown of Souls" easily lives up to all these qualities and then some.

Starting off with a heart beat, the album then bursts into it's awesome title track. The riffs are twistingly brutal, full of tremolo picking and brilliant vocals. You can decipher the lyrics fairly well, which are written well too. We often get the double vocal attack from guitarist Erik Lindmark and bassist Jacoby Kingston. The listener will notice that often throughout the album. Sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing which vocals, because Jacoby and Mike seem to have fairly similar voices. Nonetheless, well done.

Another thing the listener shall notice right away is the really well done production. For modern brutal death metal, production should done clearly where all instruments can be heard, due to the technical nature of the music. Deeds Of Flesh did a great job producing this album, and prove they definitely know what they want. However, some fans may note that the snare drum is a lot higher sounding than usual. I actually enjoy this, because I find a lot of the time with brutal death metal is the snare is inaudible, and thus, the blast beats end up being rendered useless. Every part of the drums are highly audible. The bass drum is really high sounding too, but it only adds to the precisions of the music. The bass is really audible too, and not difficult to find.

Another stand out song on the album is the third track "Hammer-Forged Blade". The intro riff is brilliant, and will stick on you right away. That's what Deeds of Flesh does well - write riffs that stick. A problem facing the brutal death scene is lack of interesting riffs, whether it's due to the nature of the production or the nature of the music. Either way, Deeds of Flesh define this and Erik's complex riffing can be heard and enjoyed by all. The album ends with another stand out song, "Caught Devouring". It'll catch ones ears right away, and lead to enjoyment.

Simply put, brutal death fans of both new and old should definitely check out this album. Deeds of Flesh has been putting out quality releases for ten years now, and this is just another fine addition to their discography. Their atonal approach to brutal death has set the standard to pretty much all brutal death metal for roughly the past decade, and also proven why the band's self run label, Unique Leader Records, is highly respected to fans of brutal death.