Godeater – All Flesh Is Grass (Review)

Godeater - All Flesh Is Grass

Godeater are a death metal band from the UK and this is their debut album.

This is a raging, angry slab of ferocious modern death metal. It blends modern technicality with significant atmosphere and a melodic sensibility that results in brutally effective songs that stick in the mind like barbed thorns.

The press blurb mentions as reference points a mix of The Black Dahlia Murder, Decapitated, and the heavier side of Between the Buried and Me, and this is mostly valid, (although I’d probably swap out Cattle Decapitation for The Black Dahlia Murder). In some ways thinking of Godeater as the bottled extremity of Between the Buried and Me makes the most sense, and on occasion All Flesh Is Grass really does sound almost like a death metal side project of the American progressive metal titans. However, despite similarities, Godeater approach their sonic violence with enough passion and skill that it’s easy to take them on their own terms.

Full of interesting ideas and creative flourishes, these songs are catchy and memorable, while still being able to flay you alive. Spiked riffs fly around like shrapnel, while the band tear through the music like it’s the last thing they’ll ever do. There are also atmospheric and emotive interludes and sections, sometimes existing in their own right, and frequently included in with the heaviness. These atmospheric elements are deftly woven into the fabric of the music and never feel like an uncomfortable addition to the musical mayhem. The band are talented songwriters, and the mix of technical chaos, atmospheric heaviness, and apocalyptic grandeur is an infectious and compelling one.

All Flesh Is Grass is an accomplished and very enjoyable album. Taking a different route to a lot of technical death metal, Godeater have produced an album of depth and substance.

Highly recommended.

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