Putrified – The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb.

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: Unholy Prophecies
Distributor/Label URL: http://www.unholyprophecies.com/
Released: 2016
Buy Album: https://unholyprophecies.bandcamp.com/album/the-flesh-the-scythe-the-tomb-7-ep
Band Website: http://www.facebook.com/Putrified-139314062811752

Putrified The Flesh The Scythe The TombBand Line-up:

A. Death – Vocals & Guitar,
Grave – Guitar,
Crypt – Drums,
P. Apocalypse – Bass.

Track Listing:

1. Sarcophagus (Under The Lid)
2. The Scythe
3. Maleficium I
4. Devil’s Whorehouse
5. Maleficium II
6. Morbid Tales

Review

What more can be said of Sweden’s contribution to the metal genre that hasn’t already been said? The nation that brought us some of the finest in death metal also pushed the genre further by weaving melodious tropes into its tapestry, ushering in a new era and influencing countless others over time… To say much more is to retread ground so old, a path is being created in the Earth’s mantle. With 2017 fast approaching, what do Sweden’s PUTRIFIED have to offer the genre?

Coming three years after their first EP, “The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb.” is just what you would expect from a Stockholm-based death metal band – vicious riffs, power and precision. From the immediate “Sarcophagus (Under The Lid)”, to the closing blasts of CELTIC FROST’s “Morbid Tales”, this EP is a frantic affair marshalled by A. Death’s punky-style vocals. Where most death metal vocals sound inhuman, A. Death’s approach is all man and, to the unaware, could quite feasibly have been recorded during a rather nasty bout of laryngitis, bronchitis and flu, coupled with a daily diet of whiskey and twenty Marlboros (I hear that’s the cure for the aforementioned triumvirate?)

Whilst catapulting a listener into a brick wall at break-neck speed is standard fare, a thin production really hamstrings the effort. There’s nothing better than listening to thoroughly well-crafted metal that’s immaculately-produced, loud and brash, yet “The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb.” feels flat and a touch insipid. Give it some welly and blow the bloody doors off! It’s a shame really, as “The Scythe”, with it’s melodic twin guitars opening and closing the show, would sound sublime with a touch of modern production.

PUTRIFIED continue the Swedish stereotype of producing some quality metal on their sophomore EP and for want of better production, would set themselves up neatly for a debut album sometime in the future. The touch of melody mixed in with those crusty, punk vocals is an intriguing USP but well worth delving into. “The Flesh. The Scythe. The Tomb.” won’t be breaking moulds or pushing boundaries, but it’s a solid effort that can warm the cockles of anyone welcoming in 2017.

Review by: Lee Carter
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