Album Review – Fleshgore / Carnival of Flesh (2022)

A ruthless Brutal Death Metal brigade from Ukraine is ready to attack our senses with their pulverizing sixth full-length album.

Formed in 2000 in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the ruthless Brutal Death Metal brigade known as Fleshgore is ready to attack our senses with their sixth full-length album, entitled Carnival of Flesh, following up on their 2016 opus Denial of the Scriptures. Comprised of Michele Borniotto on vocals, Igor Lystopad and Sad on the guitars, Ruslan Drozd on bass and vocals, and Eduard Litvyakov on drums, this Ukrainian entity sounds absolutely furious throughout the entire album, offering us all pure Brutal Death Metal of the highest caliber for lovers of Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Severe Torture, Pyrexia and Pyaemia, among others, proving the band made the right decision to get back to their visceral, demolishing roots after taking on a modern Thrash Metal and Deathcore sound around a decade ago, placing them among the most exciting names of the current Ukrainian extreme music scene.

Igor and Sad waste no time and begin slashing their stringed axes in Distorted Lights, an in-your-face Death Metal onrush that will invite you to crush your damned skull into the circle pit; and Michele roars deeply like a savage beast in the title-track Carnival of Flesh, another Brutal Death Metal creation by the quintet showcasing the heavy artillery brought forth by Eduard behind his drums. Then we have Inhuman Existence, even more demented and vile than its predecessors, with the gruesome vociferations and screeches by Michele being spot-on supported by the sick riffage by the band’s guitar duo, whereas Buried Truth sounds truly obscure with a demonic twist, with Ruslan’s metallic bass and Eduard’s hammering drums adding tons of heaviness to the overall result. And the band puts the pedal to the metal and invites us all to slam into the pit like true metalmaniacs in Modern Arts of Slavery, with Michele barking manically and deeply while his bandmates generate a menacing wall of sounds in the name of sheer brutality.

Get ready to break your neck in half to the sound of Hive of Insanity, another solid display of Brutal Death Metal with Igor and Sad kicking some serious ass with their riffs accompanied by the metallic bass by Ruslan; and those Ukranian metallers keep breathing fire, groove and rage in the infernal Invisible Reality, presenting more of their wicked Death Metal spearheaded by another pulverizing performance by Eduard on drums, morphing into the hellish Frail Utopia, keeping the album at a humongous level of violence and gore with Michele’s guttural roars haunting our souls for all eternity. The second to last explosion of pure death by Fleshgore comes in the form of War is an Amusement, highly recommended for fans of bands like Cannibal Corpse and Immolation, whereas Ad Astra puts a fulminating ending to the album, with the guitars by Igor and Sad sounding infernal together with the blast beats by Eduard, reminding us all that if this song is played live one day, there will be blood.

The unrelenting metallers from Fleshgore are waiting for you on Facebook, on Instagram and on VKontakte, and of course you can stream all of their sick creations, including Carnival of Flesh sooner than you can say “brutality”, on Spotify. Moreover, above all that, you should definitely purchase a copy of Carnival of Flesh from the Xtreem Music’s BandCamp page, adding an extra dosage of violence and gore to your private (and evil) album collection while showing all your support to the Ukrainian underground. As aforementioned, Brutal Death Metal is where Fleshgore truly belong and thrive, and if they keep crafting the same level of brutality found in Carnival of Flesh in their future releases, we can rest assured they’ll continue to be one of the references in the current Ukrainian extreme scene.

Best moments of the album: Inhuman Existence, Modern Arts of Slavery and Frail Utopia.

Worst moments of the album: Buried Truth.

Released in 2022 Xtreem Music

Track listing
1. Distorted Lights 5:39
2. Carnival of Flesh 3:12
3. Inhuman Existence 3:22
4. Buried Truth 4:58
5. Modern Arts of Slavery 3:25
6. Hive of Insanity 4:44
7. Invisible Reality 3:39
8. Frail Utopia 2:53
9. War is an Amusement 3:11
10. Ad Astra 3:34

Band members
Michele Borniotto – vocals
Igor Lystopad – guitars
Sad – guitars
Ruslan Drozd – bass, vocals
Eduard Litvyakov – drums

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