As a newcomer to the Bucketlist team, I was given Human Error to review, the new full-length release by the five-piece death metal outfit Fleshcraft, a band who have a pretty impressive support history playing with the likes of Napalm Death, Kataklysm, Infernal Majesty, Exhumed and Cryptopsy.
Released at the end of last month via CDN Records, this album, made up of tracks that were on the band’s 2002 demo, delivers on the brutality we all have come to expect from the sub genre. The drumming is solid and unrelentingly powerful. The riffs are brutal yet technical, at times even melodic. The vocals are a really good mix of a well-executed low-end growl and a high-end scream that would make any black metal outfit from deepest, darkest Norway proud.
The second track, “Awaken Damnation”, sets out Fleshcraft’s brutal intent (the first track acts as an album intro) with it’s relentless driving drum beat and a riff that is both solid and very catchy for death metal. It caught this writer’s attention from the outset; the mix of the high and low vocals, of which I am a big fan, makes a change as I find that bands rarely pull this off. No such problem here, though, as something about the mix of the two works really well.
I really like the next track, “Lost Within The Flames”. It opens with a great intro, both melodic and calming, giving the listener a short time to breathe before being thrown into a great example of melodic death metal that really would not sound out of place alongside the likes of Amon Amarth. There is clearly a European influence on the track as well.
Overall, this is solid and powerful sounding first album from Fleshcraft, and I shall certainly be on the lookout for any future music from them. I look forward to hearing more from them. Human Error is definitely worth a listen and gets a 7/10 from me.
Written by Paul Foxon