GLUTTONY – BEYOND THE VEIL OF FLESH BY RYAN SPEARMAN

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Vic Records
Released: April 2014
Buy Album [URL]: https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/beyond-the-veil-of-flesh/id859473603
Band Website: www.gluttony.se

Glutony CoverTracklisting:

1. The Revenant
2. Beyond The Veil Of Flesh
3. Eaten Alive
4. Raise The Dead
5. Coffinborn
6. Post Mortem Decapitation
7. And Then You Rot
8. On The Slab

 

 

Band line-up:

Vocals: Magnus Odling
Guitar: Anders Haren
Bass: Max Bergman
Drums: John Henriksson

Review

Conceived amongst broken bones and entrails in 2009,Swedens Gluttony already have 2 EP’s under their belts and is the brainchild of My Own Grave’s Anders Haren. With Beyond The Veil Of Flesh being their first full length release, who better to make them sound the part, than Dan Swano. “Who’s that?” I hear you say. Well, he was the guy behind unisound studios, he’s worked on albums from the likes of Marduk, Katatonia and even Opeth. Safe to say, I think they’re in safe hands.

As you’d imagine with an album of that moniker, some brutal artwork is sure to follow. This delightful example was painted by comic artist Jeffrey Zornow (He did art for Gama Bomb and The Misfits don’t you know), and I think we can all agree, it’s not for the squeamish. But never the less, a band with an affinity for gore demands nothing less, and serves as a fair warning for anyone daring enough to delve inside.

Straight from the first chord of The Revenant, you’re welcomed by tone from the early 90’s, smells like At The Gates, with a hint of early Carcass, you know the one. Anyway, right from the get go, you already realise that Gluttony mean business.

They’re a band with no thrills, no gimmicks, just this raw primitive power which will unmercifully pummel you into submission, and not stop until you’re left in a pool of broken teeth and blood.
Asides from being heavy though, when the album started, I was full of optimism and good spirits. As it progressed however, the monotone nature of the music leaves you feeling somewhat hollow, it doesn’t really wow you as much as you’re initially led to believe. Now don’t get me wrong, they’re good at what they do, it’s just they lack that sense of variety and depth that some of the more esteemed bands of this nature have already attained.

Although not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, Beyond The Veil Of Flesh still delivers satisfaction to those baser instincts, which for all intents and purposes, is exactly what Gluttony set out to do in the first place. So if you like listening to music, whilst holding on to your own intestines, then perhaps this is the way to go. It’s a blood soaked noise fest, that perhaps doesn’t tick all the boxes, but definitely satisfies a certain bloodlust that’s engrained in human nature.

Review by Ryan Spearman

 

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