SCENT OF FLESH - ROARING DEPTHS OF INSANITY - BLACK LOTUS
These boys must have Swedish, Danish or Canadian blood in them. The band's address indicates a Finnish base, but Scent Of Flesh actually plays metal, death metal, and that is an anomaly given Finland's love for all things wimpy and weak.
Interestingly, the quintet is the rare non-Greek signing on behalf of Black Lotus which further speaks to the band's exceptional status. Scent Of Flesh is a death metal band, but is not all about the low-end. In fact, the band incorporates much dynamism in its compositions. Imagine Testament's debut The Legacy, albeit without the solos, and transpose that to a death metal setting sharply influenced by Deicide. Then again a song like Witness My Madness is slower and more bottom-heavy death metal. More typically, and later on in the album, Towards Eternal Lost is more melodic and has a catchy rhythm. Two vocal styles complement one-another and extend the gruffness further. There are screams too, which works well with the band's implicit intentions to keep the proceedings stimulating. The guitar leads are correspondingly comprised of both noise and melodic solos. Support this band. - Ali "The Metallian"
SCENT OF FLESH - VALOR IN HATRED - FIREBOX
So Firebox Records also signs hard and brutal bands too! Who knew? Scent Of Flesh wanted off Greece's Black Lotus Records and, having severed ties with that label, ended up at the doorsteps of Firebox. That might explain how this genuine death metal band has ended up on the label. It doesn't explain the existence of a band this heavy in Finland though, but that is another story...
Scent Of Flesh is a reliable death metal band which adds the odd thrashy or heavy metal riff to its Deicide-styled delivery. The songs are both fast and heavy, the sound compact with the guitars sharp and the vocals breathing the fire of hades as a matter of routine. It is hardly the most original stuff, but one can hardly find a fault with the band's music either. The one mystery is the lack of solos on the record. Titles like The Art Of Beheading, Visions Of Death, Descent To Dark Clarity (one of the better songs) and Suicidal Cannibalism deliver what they promise. - Ali "The Metallian"