As Blood Rains From The Sky ... We Walk The Path Of Endless Fire

Fleshcrawl - As Blood Rains From The Sky ... We Walk The Path Of Endless Fire ©2000 Metal Blade
1. March Of The Dead (Intro)
2. Path Of Endless Fire
3. Under The Banner Of Death
4. As Blood Rains From The Sky
5. Embraced By God
6. The Dark Side Of My Soul
7. Swords Of Darkness
8. Impure Massacre Of Bloody Souls
9. Creation Of Wrath
10. Graves Of The Tortured
11. Feed The Demon's Heart
12. The Day Man Lost (Bonus Track)

From the name, it should go without saying that Metal Blade's very own Fleshcrawl play brutal death metal, and that no one's going to mistake them for Boy George or Cocteau Twins anytime soon. As with other bands of this genre, I'm usually at a loss for words, so to spare you your eyesight, my review's going to be short and sweet. These German veterans play in the Cannibal Corpse school of death, but with a twist.

As Blood Rains from the Sky… We Walk the Path of Endless Fire opens with an ominous, forbidding intro that reminds me of the Star Wars Imperial Army theme. That, or Satan's demonic hordes marching en masse towards the Holy Land, whichever image you prefer. With "Path of Endless Fire" you pretty much get what you paid for - a good production, brutal death metal riffs, strong, cave man-style growls, deadeningly fast drums are to be expected. An up-tuned second guitar gives this song a blackmetal-type feeling, a feeling that returns on "The Dark Side of My Soul". Fleshcrawl have not been completely oblivious to the Swedish melodic movement either: "Under the Banner of Death" sounds like a Göteborg band overdosing on performance-enhancing drugs, as does "Graves of the Tortured." But make no mistake, these excursions into melodic death and black are the exceptions, and not the rule. Uncompromising and relentless in its heaviness, you can forget about finding anything resembling a bucolic atmosphere here.

You won't find their lyrics on any high-school English syllabus either - but who are you expecting, H.G. Wells? Ernest Hemingway? There are better bands, and there are worse, yet for those of you who enjoy above average, generic but engaging brutal death metal, Fleshcrawl should satisfy.

Review by Jeffrey Shyu

Review date: 03/2000

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