Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Entombed/Dismember/Unleashed

Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. The Rot
2. Trench
3. Static
4. Transcend
5. Deathstare
6. Of the Night
7. Dark Corners
8. Born of Anger

Marty Robinson 



Produced by Marty Robinson
Artwork: www.textures4photoshop.com

Released 2020-05-01
Reviewed 2020-05-04


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Today it is death metal and the one-man project Fleshwolf that is under my watchful gaze and ears. One -man projects can be a recipe for terrible music as it isn’t always great to let one person’s mind have free range in the creating process. Marti Robinson from Northern Ireland is the guy behind this project and he has done everything by himself, and the first thing that strikes me is that the cover is a bit generic, which Marty explained to me has to do with the fact that it is quite expensive with artists and perhaps not the easiest thing to find one who works for free. He has designed a logo that is a classic death metal logo, I am usually not that fond of those logos but it looks good for the genre.

It is death metal of the classic Swedish brand, like Entombed, Dismember, Unleashed to name a few. Death metal isn’t quite known for creativity or new imaginative sounds and Fleshwolf isn’t an exception to this rule, the production is fairly good for the genre but perhaps not a standout one. But there are some strong melodies and a decent variation and dynamics through the songs, and Marty sings as well as any other growler in the genre. It should be familiar to the fans of the genre and at least easy to like for them and perhaps for some others as well. It should also be added that Marty doesn’t fall into the usual one-man band traps and that is a positive aspect, the sensible playing time is as well.

This album’s only physical version is cassette, how underground and death metal isn’t that? Very cult or something like that, though I suspect it is more down to money than anything, who doesn’t want to release a vinyl? And it may actually be worth getting one of those cassettes, or at least a digital copy as the album is a good one, any death metal I don’t have to force myself to listen to is a good one. I have quite liked to listen to this one with the rawness, energy and brutality that any good death metal album should have, but way too few has.

Anyone who is a death metal fan should have a closer look at this album, it is a good one and fairly enjoyable with good songs and longevity that means you can play it many times without growing too tired with it. I think that Fleshwolf has put together a really fine release here, Marty certainly has a good grasp of what he is doing and he can write some good death metal songs. Sure, it isn’t breaking any new ground, but that isn’t really what the death metal fans want, they probably get everything they want, and more from Fleshwolf.