Release DetailsLABEL Open Grave Records
RELEASED ON 2/27/2007
Prisons Of Fleshposted on 6/2007 By:
Seven years ago, Michigan’s Feast Eternal self-released their eight-song debut Prisons of Flesh. Yours truly used to own that album, but traded it away to make room for superior efforts by better bands. They’ve returned from their hiatus, though, and Open Grave Records have resurrected Prisons of Flesh, tacking on two bonus tracks in the process, to pave the way for the duo’s upcoming sophomore installment With Fire. While it certainly has its moments, this particular serving of rudimentary death metal suffers from a host of flaws that are too detrimental to overlook, or even tolerate.
First and foremost, the unequivocal high point of Feast Eternal, and this album for that matter, is Humlinski’s riffing, which stands out as a result of being in such mediocre company. His raspy growls, however, leave much to be desired. They lack the force and power that should be a staple of death metal vocals. Skrzypczak’s average drumming suits the songs, but the production renders the drums flat – especially the double bass, which sounds just plain bad. As far as specific songs are concerned, “Immersion” is a bouncy, catchy number that could in fact be the highlight of Prisons of Flesh, though “Forgetting God” drags for too long. At over eight minutes, “Forgetting God” is by far the lengthiest piece up for grabs, eclipsing its peers by two minutes or more. “Of Service and Suffering” temporarily recalls “Immersion,” and similar to said opener, offers more variation than the others. Perhaps as expected, the production of the bonus tracks – namely “Serpents Proclaim” and “Rage of Angels” – is even worse. Still, the guitar leads and patterns display a melodic side that is rarely explored on PoF. There’s plenty of meat in both the album and non-album tracks, though the full-length would’ve benefited greatly from a heftier melody injection. So in that sense, the bonuses steal the show.
There are redeeming qualities within Feast Eternal’s music, of course, but not nearly enough to warrant a purchase. No matter how one phrases it, whether it be middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, or any other phrase with a lot of hyphens, the message remains the same: steer clear of this one.