Deeds of Flesh
Path of the Weakening


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (52 Reviews)
January 17th, 2014 | 30 replies | 1,335 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Kind of like a jigsaw puzzle consisting entirely of riffs"

Before Deeds of Flesh became hell bent on technicality and sci-fi hoo-ha, they were considered among the finest riff crafters in brutal death. Their new sound obviously has its merits, but very rarely do I find myself clamouring back to their latest two records when their back catalogue beckons. Deeds’ music has always been complex, but prior to Of What’s to Come, it was also characteristically reserved. Each of their albums was a labyrinth featuring a multitude of riffs with very few distractions, and for that reason they could come across as either impenetrable or absorbing. Truthfully speaking, old Deeds were so unflinching in their approach and consistent in execution that any of their albums could have been nominated as their peak for one reason or another. However, it’s 1999s Path of The Weakening that stands out as arguably the finest all-rounder in their discography.

If this album (or Deeds’ old sound in general, for that matter) could be summed up in a couple of words, they would be something like “no bullshit”. Path of The Weakening is the musical equivalent of a half-hour bare-knuckle fist fight. There are no ostentatious sweeps, synths or even solos to ease the endeavour, your only consolation being a grand total of two brief samples to break up what would otherwise turn your brain into mush. From the blistering opening track through to the eerily slow closer, the listener is unfalteringly assaulted with tremolo riffs, brisk, precise drumming and infrequent Suffocation-esque breakdowns. Thankfully the production is just as uncompromised as the instrumentation. The overall sound (though not particularly dynamic) is nicely balanced, combining clarity and lower end without succumbing to plasticity. The sound engineering thus allows the instrumentation to be as unrelenting and brutal as it dare.

Because the ever-changing and relentless riff patterns allow for virtually zero relief, it’s very easy to let your mind wander and miss a lot of the intricacies. Much like any Deeds album, Path of The Weakening requires stern attention, and for that reason may not be the most enjoyable album at first. Kind of like a jigsaw puzzle consisting entirely of riffs, everything begins to come together as you invest more time in it, and eventually the song progressions and motifs reveal themselves to complete a grand picture. The title-track is arguably the strongest, as it utilises carefully obscured repetition by virtue of subtle modifications to prior rhythms and concepts, the song feels unified without coming across as pedestrian. This approach towards writing permeates the whole album, but is best exemplified in the aforementioned track perhaps because its runtime allows for a fuller progression.

Though not every song is as easy to flesh out as the next, you would be hard pressed to describe any of them, even speaking in relative terms, as “poor”. Due to the complex web that supports the unabashed guitar work, Path of The Weakening succeeds on both superficial and analytical levels, containing riff wizardry in abundance and song writing to match. If you’re a fan of riffs and subtle sophistication, then this album will more than sate your addiction.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014



13517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously it's got riffs, hope you like the review, no fun allowed

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CaptainDooRight
January 16th 2014



28353 Comments


Seems like a lotta peeps don't dig DOF but I like some of their stuff. They're one of the better tech bands and this probably their best album. I've discog'd them before and I'm surprised more people don't talk about them. I didn't like their newest though.

Besides my stupid rambling how in the world did this not have a review!?! I blame Anthracks

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014



13517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dunno, a lot of awesome albums don't have reviews I'm trying to do my part

CaptainDooRight
January 16th 2014



28353 Comments


Well you're doing a great job. Not sure if you're going for it but if you are you would make a contrib. you def take you're writing seriously and I seem to always enjoy your writing style and flow.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014



49798 Comments


sweet summary

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014



13517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Cap, and yeah I'm gonna apply, everyone wants me to.

Treb you should listen to this, or are you still anti-m/?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014



49798 Comments


No I'm not anti m/ I jammed Zealotry because of your review

I'll check this out

tommygun
January 16th 2014



23597 Comments


oh hey another one of those indistinguishable dm records

pos :]



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evilford
January 16th 2014



21215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd great album it needed a review

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joshuahuntkc
January 16th 2014



1578 Comments


Solid review dude. I'm a big fan of both the DOF distinctions and you did a really good job of putting the sound of the early years to words.

1992
January 17th 2014



160 Comments


trading pieces will always be the best

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2014



13517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting choice.

BigPleb
January 17th 2014



34105 Comments


Sup piss

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1992
January 17th 2014



160 Comments


im pest you dunce

BigPleb
January 17th 2014



34105 Comments


same difference

1992
January 17th 2014



160 Comments


im not elite in the slightest

BigPleb
January 17th 2014



34105 Comments


i wasn't talking about eliteness ;)

1992
January 17th 2014



160 Comments


dont wink at me like that

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2014



13517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo pest what's your fav Deeds besides Trading Places? Also why do you keep getting banned?

BigPleb
January 17th 2014



34105 Comments


Cos he's with verm in the slammer dude.



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