To Separate The Flesh From The Bones
Utopia Sadistica


4.0
excellent

Review

by Yeahtoast USER (19 Reviews)
August 18th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of grind’s most overlooked gems.

Formed in 2002 and consisting of members of HIM, Amorphis and Moonspell, TSTFFTB is a side project that has been largely overlooked by the metal world. When they released their debut and only record to date, Utopia Sadistica, in 2004, few within the scene knew what to expect from three musicians who played such a diverse range of music with their individual bands. What they created was an intriguing slab of aggressive grind that whizzes by at a lightning pace. While there is not much here in the way of extreme innovation, there are enough moments of brilliance and aggression to hold the listener’s attention from start to finish.

Guitarist/vocalist Pasi Koskinen (ex-Amorphis) and bassist Niclas Etelävuori (ex-Moonspell and a current member of Amorphis) are an interesting combination. Having spent eight years in Amorphis and playing his part on four full length albums, Pasi here incorporates a wholly different vocal style. While his input with Amorphis was entirely clean vocals, with TSTFFTB he exercises a death growl, as well as a shrieking technique that fits the music on display extremely well. Having spent four years together in Amorphis, Pasi and Niclas have the advantage of being familiar with each other’s style of playing and thus combine with crushing efficiency. Together they carve out enormous riffs and mixing them with razor sharp leads, Utopia Sadistica is laden with short catchy tunes and plenty of bang your head moments, such as the devastatingly heavy “The Final Extinction”.

Mika Karppinen, drummer of often hated on “love metal” outfit HIM, puts in a solid performance on this record also. While the musical approach may be considerably faster and harsher than that of Ville Valo and co, at no point does Mika seem overwhelmed and displays the kind of talent previously unseen from him; explosive double bass and surprisingly fitting fills on the rare occasion when the music does relent give Utopia Sadistica a strong platform to build on. Jeff Walker of Carcass also plays a strong part on this record, lending his vocals to many if not all tracks giving each a more menacingly dominant edge. These four vastly experienced musicians know what it takes to produce a record of immense proportions and with this debut they can take great pride in putting their names on exactly that.

All of the above elements combine to fashion an intoxicating album of extreme metal and one that contains enough strong points to leave any fan of the genre more than satisfied. Production on the album as a whole is excellent, allowing for a crisp delivery of each instrument without sounding cluttered. While there is definitely a nostalgic thread running through this record, in no way does it sound dated and it repeatedly pummels the listener with sawing guitars and blasting drums. While certain tracks may be perceived by some as ‘fillers’, with a track list of 25 songs, some are simply bound to be labeled as such. However, if no nonsense balls to the wall grindcore is your thing, this is an album you will undoubtedly want to check out. Clocking in at just 27 minutes, Utopia Sadistica is a brief but focused effort from a side project that seemed destined for bigger things. While still active, TSTFFTB are yet to release a follow up. With the obvious potential to release a sophomore album of equal measure, I sincerely hope it is forthcoming in the not too distant future. A highly impressive album from three talented musicians.



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Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quick write up for a quick album. This will definitely go up to a 4.5 from me.

Terrifyer
August 18th 2010


3403 Comments


slays

scissorlocked
August 18th 2010


3511 Comments


Pasi Koskinen here???I wondering how will this sound!!!

Digging: Traumprinz - All The Things

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Slays indeed guys. Check it out it's some seriously good grind. And yeah scissor, Pasi does a good job here.

Terrifyer
August 18th 2010


3403 Comments


he does vocals as well on Shape Of Despair's 'Angels Of Distress'... why was he never this good with Amorphis?

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dunno man, he was never this aggressive in Amorphis, always stuck to the cleans...I haven't checked Angels Of Distress out yet but I hear good things so I'll get on that.

Terrifyer
August 18th 2010


3403 Comments


its one of my fav funeral doom albums you need to hear it

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Downloading right now.

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Downloading right now.

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Grr double post

porch
August 18th 2010


8459 Comments


in the past I would've negged this simply because of yeahtoast's existence on this planet but I'll let
it slide this time

I guess i'm mellowing out



Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks? :D

hope you enjoy chambers.

Terrifyer
August 18th 2010


3403 Comments


recommended by reviewer
Carcass Heartwork
Napalm Death Scum
just noticed this. u should probably change that to Reek Of Putrefaction seeing as this is a goregrind album, not melodeath

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmmm. Probably about right, although I did think Heartwork had a lot of grind elements/parts. To be honest until you pointed it out I was sure I had Insect warfare there for some reason =S lol. Changed.

Terrifyer
August 18th 2010


3403 Comments


umm heartwork has no grind elements at all js

dont want no heartwork n00bs listening to this and giving it a bad rating

Dryden
August 18th 2010


12928 Comments


is it dark

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought though they progressed with their sound they didn't completely abandon the sound on earlier albums. Some of those riffs.

Yeahtoast
August 18th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Um here it is dark yes, sir. And raining currently.

Raz0rGrind23
September 14th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have seen this at stores but was always hesitant to make the purchase. Where can I hear this?

And HIM drummer? I'm hoping his work here is miles ahead of the other efforts. All of his drum work on HIM was recycled on numerous songs if you pay close attention....

Oh and good review. Pos'd.

RippingCorpse
September 14th 2010


1087 Comments


this is a good grind album

you like grind

get this album



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