Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Gluttony - Beyond the Veil of Flesh

After initially signing with Vic Records in 2013, Swedish death metal newcomers Gluttony have finally issued their debut LP, Beyond the Veil of Flesh. Wrapped up with horrific cover art by the extremely talented Jeff Zornow, and equipped with a 1980's B-flick inspired track listing, audiences are left guessing as to what may be heard behind the veil. Will it be old school death metal, new death, a mixture, or something entirely different? 

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Vic Records
Release Date: May 26, 2014
  1. The Revenant
  2. Beyond the Veil of Flesh
  3. Eaten Alive
  4. Raise the Dead
  5. Coffinborn
  6. Post Mortem Decapitation
  7. And Then You Rot
  8. On the Slab
Total Playtime: 29 minutes, 40 seconds




Rating: 8.0/10




After initially signing with Vic Records in 2013, Swedish death metal newcomers Gluttony have finally issued their debut LP, Beyond the Veil of Flesh. Wrapped up with horrific cover art by the extremely talented Jeff Zornow, and equipped with a 1980's B-flick inspired track listing, audiences are left guessing as to what may be heard behind the veil. Will it be old school death metal, new death, a mixture, or something entirely different?

Ignoring the ridiculously generic album and song titles, Beyond the Veil of Flesh is a fat, juicy slab of death metal that's charred to gritty perfection as far as the distortion and tones are concerned. To further liven the sound up, the group have slathered the compositions with twangy guitar techniques and then rolled it all together in a thick sauce of fearsome antagonism and violence that will send even the most tranquil of listeners into fits of uncontrollable head banging. The content flies by with ultrasonic velocity, only slowing to a medium-fast pace within "Coffinborn" and for the solo in "Raise the Dead", ensuring once the album ends that the heads of the audience will still be spinning while the replay button demands immediate attention.

With an overall twangy feel, though derived from Swedish death metal as it may be, the chunky guitar riffs have a distinctive distortion to them that stand out among the plethora of recent death metal releases. Gritty palm-muted power chords that are strung together by low E and A one string bridges add a flavorful zesty maliciousness to the track compositions, without a doubt the most notable being "Eaten Alive"; a song with a compound of catchy lyrics topped by a compelling composure that's one of the most outstanding of the entire track list. Tremolos even make a brief appearance in a couple of tracks, though this technique is fleeting and is used to negate any sort of redundancy that the abundant palm-muted strums may attempt to cause. Verbosity is further flattened by the brief solos that are layered under the rhythm guitar, there are multiples within "Coffinborn", and while they don't quite fit the standard of what a solo actually is, they do manage to lure the listener's attention away from the rhythms for long enough.


Undoubtedly the guitar is a fiery ball of anger, but the drums are the molten lava of hell itself. John Henriksson pounds the skins fiercely, causing the snare's pop to stand out dynamically; his feet stomp the bass drum into oblivion while still retaining the agility to pull off swift double bass segments, best shown in "Post Mortem Decapitation". Surprisingly, blast beats exist about as often as the tremolos from the guitar and any hi-hat or cymbal utilization is pushed into the background during most tracks. Instead the main focus lays within the multitudes of d-beat tom-tom patterns; unfortunately these patterns are used very often and begin to lose their emphasis around the last two songs of the album.

The material is topped with typical death metal vocals, but the horrific sense of evil that's conveyed through aggressive, gurgling, grit-filled growls causes them to drive the album with brute force. Putting aside any nitpicking that would consist of ripping apart the 'br00tal' cover, album title and stitched together song names, Gluttony have released a solid first attempt with Beyond the Veil of Flesh, it's not often one finds a debut LP of this magnitude. Although the content is a little short, if it had been extended any further the audience may have found themselves tuning out. Not necessarily a must hear, but definitely one of the better death metal releases of 2014 thus far.

Digital Download Provided by: Vic Records

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