ALBUM: Skeletal Remains -“Beyond the Flesh”
LABEL: F.D.A. Rekotz
GENRE: Death Metal
RATING: 9.5 / 10
Swedish Death Metal in all honour but we mustn’t forget the importance of the old US-scene. California death metallers Skeletal Remains are here to remind us of the glory days of early 90’s US Death Metal, and fuck me! “Beyond the Flesh” just brought me 20 years back in time. This is the glory days of bands such as Gorguts, Pestilence, Death and Morgoth reincarnated (And yes, I’m pretty much just quoting the promotional sheet here). I’m not really sure if it’s just nostalgia taking over or if this is in fact the best US Death Metal album I’ve heard since pretty much forever. Some of the old bands are still going, some more successful than others, but none that still really seem to possess the vitality that Skeletal Remains possess. Sure, Cannibal Corpse still sound like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide sound like Deicide (only a lot more tired) and I’m not even gonna touch on the subject that is Morbid Angel. Some may argue that Skeletal Remains offers 0% originality, but what they lack in originality they compensate with a 100% flawless execution.
Skeletal Remains have managed to nail down everything on this album in the spirit of the 90’s, down to the last guitar-solo. If I didn’t know better I’d say that they’ve invented a time machine, wen’t back to 1992, infiltrated the camps of Gorguts, Pestilence, Death and Morgoth for inspiration, booked Morrisound, recorded “Beyond the Flesh” and came back to 2012 just to release this album and make a statement that says: “Hey guys! Remember when US Death Metal still sounded fresh and brutal without the need of a super-polished sound and super technical riffing?“.
Something went missing in the US Death Metal sound around 1995 (with a few exceptions), in 2012 Skeletal Remains brought it back to me!
♠Recommended tracks: Extirpated Vitality / Sub-Zero Termination
Review by: TK