Unflesh – Inhumation (Review)

Unflesh - InhumationUnflesh are a death metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Described in the promo blurb as blackened melodic death metal, and noted as for fans of Arsis, Dissection, Emperor, Necrophagist, Necrophobic, Naglfar, Tribulation, Obscura, and Revocation, I confess I was hooked; I had to check out Inhumation.

Across the 46 minutes of material on Inhumation we get music that’s indeed a blackened, melodic strain of death metal. It’s fast and sleek, with deadly riffs and no shortage of dark atmosphere. It’s also highly technical, but without becoming overbearing. It’s sharply melodic, yet still brutal. It’s darkly atmospheric, but with a blackened bite that can pierce flesh. Dynamic, without being messy or frivolous, it’s also energetic, while still providing depth of experience. Yep, Inhumation is a good balance of all of these and more. There’s a lot going on here, condensed into seven meaty songs, (plus intro).

The band know their instruments very well, but although certainly technical and complex in places, this aspect of the band’s musical makeup never gets in the way of the actual songs. This is technical death metal for people that want actual melodies they can follow and hooks they can get caught in their hair while headbanging.

There’s a lot of memorable stuff on this album, and that’s before you start spinning it over and over and over. With well-written songs that make themselves known in no uncertain terms, Inhumation is a very strong and enjoyable release.

If you’re a fan of the bands mentioned at the start of this review, then I urge you to check out Unflesh’s vision of extreme metal that they have unleashed here.

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