Written by: Kev Rowland
Brutal death metal quintet Flesh Hoarder first came to people’s attention with the release of their three-track ‘Infatuation With Menstruation’ EP in 2012, and now some six years on they are here with their debut full-length album (which contains re-recordings of the songs from the EP). All of the guys involved are also with other bands (most notably guitarist Mike DeLeon who is also in Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals), so I don’t know if that has had any impact on the amount of time it took to get back into the studio, but at long last they are back and they are determined to damage your ears, your soul, and anything else they can get their hands on.
When I say that this music is for fans of Suffocation, Mortician, Ingested and Cannibal Corpse you get some sort of idea as to what they are likely. Although, one does have to say that musically they are probably more melodic than Cannibal Corpse although vocally it is even rawer. This is as heavy as it gets, with a snare drum set so that it will be heard during even the heaviest and densest moments. There are times when they manage to play incredibly quickly yet somehow also slow the music so that it is death metal that has an almost doom metal cadence to it, quite a trick. When they want blast beats they bring them in, but for the most part this is human arms and legs creating a backbone of incredibly heavy music.
It will be interesting to see what happens from here. Will they follow this up by touring and releasing new material, or will they go dormant and wait another six years before something else comes out? If it is the former, then they could make quite a name for themselves in the scene. This is for anyone who likes old school death and needs more brutality in their lives.
1. Between Life and Death
2. Ritualistic Rape Victims
3. Tortured Beyond the Grave
4. Ejaculating on the Faces of the Aborted
5. Human Drapery
6. Hogtied and Deep Fried
7. Necrotic Slut Chunks
8. Infatuation with Menstruation
9. Abuse of a Corpse
10. Counterweight Suicide
11. Burnt, Scraped, Dumped