Alchemy Of Flesh – Ageless Abomniations
As the album progresses listeners will notice the tracks do tend to run together a bit. Alchemy Of Flesh does tend to rely on a lot of the same riffs and paces to get the message across, so when hearing pieces like ‘Slipgates To Annihilation’ or ‘Sleeping Chaos’ it can be hard to differentiate the tracks. Rowland could have added a few more variations here and there be it more grim bass interludes, slow, drawn out doom passages, or even progressive single notes, but overall the album starts to feel like one long track after a while. There are a few surprises here and there like ‘Fiamma Nera Rites’ which has some more percussive thunder drums and almost some groove moments in the riffs that don’t just seamlessly run together like they do on some of the earlier tracks. Again, riffs are a little repetitive, but they stand out based upon their tone. At least one thing that never wavers is the vocals which stay consistent all the way through, so Rowland definitely has that mastered. One usually can be very impressed for the kind of output a 1 man band can create on this level.
As far as the closer ‘Opener Of The Way’ Alchemy Of Flesh give fans the excellent outro. Slow, plodding, and doom laden this piece sludges along with grim determination, much in the way Morbid Angel closed “Domination” with ‘Hatework,’ minus the atmospheric bells. While ‘Opener…’ lacks the punch of the rest of the album, it really lets the vocals work to Rowland’s advantage and lets listeners focus on them specifically as opposed to the riffs and drums. They sound monstrous, evil, and just that right kind of death metal where they can be understood. Fans might feel the track drags a bit, but it definitely leaves its mark. As a result, the whole album “Ageless Abominations” is a force to be reckoned with for new and more seasoned death metal fans. The music crushes in its own way but still leaves a burning mark on the ears versus feeling like a roller coaster ride that went too fast. Rowland should be proud of the work he’s done here as it is definitely an impressive metal feat with few flaws.
4 / 5 STARS