Fleshwrought
Dementia/Dyslexia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
August 1st, 2010 | 109 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fleshwrought's debut is an excellent technical death metal album that has only one little weakness – it’s not quite as mesmerizing as the work of the genre’s biggest bands

Stature matters a lot more in the modern metal world than it did back in the day. For example, when names such as Dan Swano, Rogga Johansson, Peter Tagtgren, Mikael Akerfeldt et al. pop up, you automatically expect great things. But when you’re known to be (or at least were) in a run-of-the-mill band, the iffy status sticks with you wherever you go, whatever you do. Now, I am not saying that Job For A Cowboy are necessarily a run-of-the-mill band, but we all know that former deathcore acts have a hard time clearing their name (but props to JFAC for at least trying to convert over to death metal). So when a death metal fanatic looks at Fleshwrought’s debut album, Dementia/Dyslexia, and sees that the vocals are provided by no else than Jonny Davy, an unwarranted feeling of uncertainty might evoke.

Rest assured though, since Fleshwrought are far from being even similar to Job For A Cowboy, with the only connection between the bands being Jonny Davy. Fleshwrought is a full-fledged technical death metal band, sounding akin to artists such as Necrophagist and The Faceless. Though the songwriting on Dementia/Dyslexia isn't quite on the level of the genre's greats yet (think: The Faceless, Gorod, Gorguts), Fleshwrought show a lot of promise on their debut LP. All of the instrumentation is being handled by Navene Koperweis (ex-Animosity drummer), with Davy contributing vocals, and vocals only. In that regard, Dementia/Dyslexia is actually Koperweis’ personal vision; his view on tech death.

Though hard to call entirely original, the album does succeed in being a great technical death metal effort. It is varied enough to keep the listener interested throughout its duration, concise enough to avoid becoming stale, and intricate enough to have solid replay value. The main draw here, as on any tech death album, is the guitar work, and Koperweis doesn’t disappoint. The album is filled with a wide selection of dissonant chords and crazy time signatures, with a thicker riffing section also taking place in every song. A small dose of melody is also injected at times, though it mostly takes the back seat or is not there at all (not that it would be a problem here). Come to think of it, Dementia/Dyslexia sounds very similar to last year’s Planetary Duality by The Faceless. The two albums aren’t completely alike, but the riffing and chord changes are definitely analogous. On top of that, Fleshwrought also have their own sci-fi theme going on, just like The Faceless do.

Guitar work isn’t the only good part about this album though. Being a drummer by profession, it is no wonder Koperweis is rock-solid behind the kit, though at times I wish he’d mix it up just a tad more (too much emphasis is put on triggered double-bass, for example, with fast but regular snare/cymbal combos taking a little too much space as well). The drumming is engaging, mostly thanks to Koperweis’ speed and swagger, but by the end of the album the patterns start to melt together somewhat. It is only a minor complaint of mine though, as all in all, the drumming is executed pretty damn masterfully.

And now we reach the point I’m sure at least some of you are intrigued about: is Davy worth a damn on this album? The answer is easy to come, really, and it’s a positive one. Davy, for the possible surprise of many, fills his role with confidence, proving that he is indeed a solid death metal vocalist. He isn’t anything too special, but by belting out demonic screams and solid gutturals, he matches the music presented – he is not exactly what you’d call “original”, but what he does, he does very well.

Dementia/Dyslexia is a great technical death metal record, especially when taking into consideration that this is only the band’s debut album. While Fleshwrought aren’t quite as poised and excellent at compositions as some of the genre’s biggest names, they definitely have a lot of potential. Besides, Dementia/Dyslexia is an incredibly chill album as far as technical death metal goes. There are no glaring flaws on this cd, it just doesn’t sound quite as mesmerizing as some of the genre’s finest bands do. With that in mind, I have no problem recommending this album to anyone into technical death metal. It’s excellent, as long as you don’t expect this to be a complete masterpiece.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First "real" review since June, sorry if it's a little rusty because I haven't been writing at all this past month.

Album's cool, check it out.

jingledeath
August 1st 2010


7104 Comments


Solid review as usual Magneto, this looks intriguing. You think I'll like this?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know you're a machine when it comes to listening usual death metal, but honestly, I don't know what your relationship with tech death is. If you like The Faceless or Necrophagist or even Psycroptic, I'd say you'll like this, if not, then you probably wouldn't enjoy it.

jingledeath
August 1st 2010


7104 Comments


Don't like The Faceless anymore but Necrophagist and Psycroptic are still cool. I guess I'll give this a shot.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/07/28/exclusive-full-album-stream-fleshwroughts-dementiadyslexia/

Idk maybe try the stream first before aquiring it. You're an oddball so I won't promise that you'll like this for sure haha :P

Zip
August 1st 2010


5312 Comments


Haha you like Psycroptic over The Faceless, lolwut

FadeToBlack
August 1st 2010


11034 Comments


both bands are kinda gay (except Scepter of the Ancients or w/e which is awesome)

if this has actual songs instead of tweedly-deedly wank i guess i'll like it

jingledeath
August 1st 2010


7104 Comments


Already found the torrent for this but yeah I guess I should check the stream first.

Edit: link did not workkkkk and wtf guys old psycroptic rules

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k the url tags are sucking again so just copy/paste the link and it'll work

jingledeath
August 1st 2010


7104 Comments


just listened to a few tracks and I don't think I'll be checking the whole thing out :P

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not too surprised actually since this definitely has a lot in common with The Faceless and like you said, you don't like them much either anymore so.

MyDearWormwood
August 1st 2010


225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review! Album is pretty good, I definitely agree with most of the stuff you said in there. I think Jonny Davy did great on this album, he has got some mad skills.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


16437 Comments


Could use some more tech death, so I will probably end up checking this out. Nice review as usual, good to have another one from you.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

ShadowRemains
August 1st 2010


21054 Comments


wow, something good with Johnny Davy in it?!

*gasp*

pos'd as usual

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah don't be hesitant to give this a try just because of Davy's background/main band. He does well here and the music is nothing like JFAC

EDIT: thank you Kyle and MydearWormwood

dr2den
August 1st 2010


1342 Comments


thought this band was fleshlight and i got excited

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2010


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no this is Fleshwrought but it is good too you know

ianjulian
August 1st 2010


632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

animocowboy

Digging: Unearth - Watchers of Rule

ianjulian
August 1st 2010


632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick solos

toolguitarkid
August 1st 2010


263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty badass.



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