Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Thy Flesh - Thymiama Mannan

Thy Flesh are another one of those obscure black metal bands that pop up out of nowhere from time to time, who are made all the more mysterious by the little-to-no background history despite their long existence. Given the chance, however, many of these bands that come out of the woodwork prove to be immensely enjoyable and it leaves one to wonder why and how they weren't found much earlier. Formed in Greece in 2004, the three members of Thy Flesh have been haunting the underground in waves; the band broke up for six years, after the release of their initial demo, before reforming and putting together a debut effort titled Thymiama Mannan.

Genre: Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal
Label: Odium Records
Release Date: February 8th, 2014
  1. Thymiama Mannan
  2. Final Nights
  3. Rape Magic
  4. Bloodsong
  5. Temple of Absinth
  6. Silver Tongue Devil
  7. Extremity Unbound
Total Playtime: 38 minutes, 13 seconds





Rating: 7.0/10




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Thy Flesh are another one of those obscure black metal bands that pop up out of nowhere from time to time, who are made all the more mysterious by the little-to-no background history despite their long existence. Given the chance, however, many of these bands that come out of the woodwork prove to be immensely enjoyable and it leaves one to wonder why and how they weren't found much earlier. Formed in Greece in 2004, the three members of Thy Flesh have been haunting the underground in waves; the band broke up for six years, after the release of their initial demo, before reforming and putting together a debut effort titled Thymiama Mannan.

The material on Thymiama Mannan is somewhat earthy in sound and dry in execution. The first portion of the content can come off dreary, being packed with the tried and true black metal elements of old; the leading example of these traits is found in "Final Nights", which is rooted with blast beats and high fret tremolo scales from the guitar that are laid over dirty palm-muted rhythm sections, although the bass guitar is pleasingly audible and can be heard clearly plodding along rapidly in the thin layer between the drums and guitar. Throughout the album The Cloven Hoof's vocals stay raspy and chilling, and while they convey a sense of haunting enthusiasm this element seems to only have two speeds as well, medium and high growls. Often the drums are heard either galloping or blasting their way through tracks, though the ocassional odd pattern is added in for variance. Likewise the guitar, which is layered with rhythm and lead tracks, is either working on tremolos or alternate picking for the lead and the rhythm is either slamming out palm-muted riffs or open strummed power chords in very few deviating structures.


Mostly, the material is more of the same with rare deviance. There are fragmentary riff bridges, picking interludes and drum patterns thrown in now and then; these changes mostly occur later in the material, with the exception of "Rape Magic" being in the early division, but from "Bloodsong" and onward the band incorporate more drum beats, guitar rhythms and lead architectures that create an eerie aria that builds suspense. "Temple of Absinth" and "Extremity Unbound" alongside the two aforementioned tracks are the most memorable of the content, each having their own unique offerings of entertainment for the listener, such as a clean piano, creepy whispers and momentous bass lines.

While there's nothing exceptionally outstanding with Thymiama Mannan, the material within conveys the passionate effort that Thy Flesh have poured into their art. The album itself is decent for a couple of listens but will wear thin thereafter. In the future, more creative compositions and changing compositions could prove to be in the band's favor, as well, the small amount of atmosphere that was incorporated into the latter half of the material would thrive if distributed more evenly among the entirety of the album. As it stands at the moment, there is too much repetition for repeated listens of this particular content but give it a listen, and if you like what you hear support the artist!

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