Deeds of Flesh
Mark of the Legion


5.0
classic

Review

by insanedrexl1 USER (3 Reviews)
May 4th, 2014 | 18 replies | 958 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brutal death metal at it's finest.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Before Deeds of Flesh became what many consider an overly technical band, they were writing some of the most brutal music possible. While they didn't revolutionize the standard death metal formula, they perfected it instead. Riffs are chaotic, vocals are brutal and the drums are faster than a bullet. And it all shows in their fourth album, Mark of the Legion.

With a near perfect production for this type of music, Deeds of Flesh manages to evoke both brutality and technicality. And almost all of it comes from guitarist and vocalist, Erik Lindmark. The vocals of Lindmark sound like they come from a inhuman monster. Fortunately, the vocals never become boring despite the fact that they pretty much never change during the entire album.

Though his growls are hard to decipher, the lyrics are very good. Lines such as: "And our dead heroes and warriors; Were all swept to Asgard" sound like they come from an Amon Amarth album. However, it does also contain your usual death metal lyrics that are about killing a person in a gory way.

Deeds of Flesh are usually most recognized for their crushing and brutal riffs and Mark of the Legion is no exception. All the riffs from "Cleansed by Fire" to "Drink the Blood" are all very well written and manages to keep you interested all the way through. However, the riffs can sometimes blend together and sound very similar, but it only happen a few times during the 40 minute album.

If you think that guitars and vocals are everything this album has to offer, you'd be wrong. Drummer Mike Hamilton plays the drums like he's trying to be the best drummer in the world and his blast beats sound really good despite the fact that the guitars can sometimes drown out the drums and they can sound a bit to low. But that is a minor complaint when compared to everything else this album does right.

However, there are two major issues with the album. Jacoby Kingston is surely a great bassist, but the bass is almost nowhere to be heard. This is what keeps this album from rivaling albums like "None So Vile" or "Pierced from within". But that doesn't really matter that much in the long run. The other is that the album is pretty short, only 41 minutes long and you wish it would go on longer due to the amount of brutality this album offers you. But that's probably a good thing due to the fact you'd want more.

Despite these mishaps, the pros far outweigh the cons, and what we have is a masterpiece of brutal death metal. All fans of death metal should check it out.

Pros:

Guitars and vocals sound sick
Very well done drums
A perfect production
Strong lyrics

Cons:

A lack of bass
A bit too short


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insanedrexl1
May 4th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Keep in mind that I'm Swedish and not a very skilled writer so it may not be the best review. Anyway, any tips for how I can improve in the future are welcome.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2014



5921 Comments


Good review, pos.

I must check this out at some point.


The other is that the album is pretty short, only 41 minutes long and you wish it would go on longer due to the amount of brutality this album offers you. But that's probably a good thing due to the fact you'd want more.

Just push "repeat" and everything is fixed :-P



One minor correction:

a overly

an overly

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insanedrexl1
May 4th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fixed, thanks for the pos!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2014



5921 Comments


Is this album as catchy as, for example, Decapitated's The Negation?

insanedrexl1
May 4th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Some songs are a little catchy but it's mostly full assault like "City".

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2014



5921 Comments


^^From Strapping Young Lad, I assume?

insanedrexl1
May 4th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes.

FrozenVain
May 4th 2014



2372 Comments


I've been meaning to check this out. Legit review, pos'd.

livewire
May 4th 2014



86 Comments


sweet band yeah

TheNotrap
May 5th 2014



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent release from one of the best BDM bands around.
This band has a pretty solid discography.

Have a pos.

insanedrexl1
May 5th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks dude. To me it's their magnum opus.

TheNotrap
May 5th 2014



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Currently my favorites are the Anthropophagi Inbreeding and Path Of The Weakening, but this album is surely one of the best.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2014



13526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seems every Deeds fan has a different fav, mine would be either Crown of Thorns (the original, remaster sucks ass) or Path of The Weakening. Nice review.

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insanedrexl1
May 5th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's hard to say which one is the best cause they're all great.

TheNotrap
May 5th 2014



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last two albums are the least interesting in my opinion.
Crown of Thorns is also pretty good, agreed.

insanedrexl1
May 5th 2014



329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Crown of Souls is probably my second favorite, then Reduced to Ashes.

psyclonus
May 5th 2014



126 Comments


41 mins isn't pretty short, is it? sounds about right. anyway, yet to hear this, only heard a few of their other albums but will check it out because of this good review

MO
May 5th 2014



18257 Comments


rules

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