Fallujah
The Flesh Prevails


3.7
great

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
August 8th, 2014 | 136 replies | 15,319 views


Release Date: 07/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising stepping stone.

One thing that progressive death metal band Fallujah has going for them is consistency. I can both stand by my relative apathy regarding 2013’s Nomadic, and still argue it was a harbinger of things to come: the EP, stone-fisted in delivery, served as a collection of gargantuan riffs accentuated by appropriately responsive production. When Fallujah went heavy, they didn’t let you miss it- and by the time you were pining for something a bit different, they dropped respite in the form of “Silent”. Dynamics can’t quite make up for music that fails to resonate with the listener, though, which was my main qualm with the record. It sounded significant while passing by, but left little recollection of its existence in this listener’s mind. But Nomadic, nonetheless, felt like the first edition of a truly epic saga- it put the gears into motion for Fallujah, and exposed thousands of listeners to a group whose next release, to put it bluntly, would shred.

A mere 17 months hot off the heels of its predecessor, The Flesh Prevails is a decidedly ruthless affair. It only takes a glimpse at the album’s singles to prove this, whether the unshakable melodies of “Sapphire” or the seismic, rhythmic artistry of “Carved From Stone”. These songs, while working incredibly well on their own merits, also hold valuable places in the album’s general framework- they double as centerpieces to counter the rest of The Flesh Prevails’ odds and ends. And speaking of which, there are quite a few- this record experiments in sound quite a bit more than Nomadic did. “The Night Reveals” and the title track each claim the same chorus within, but do wholly different things with it: the former retains the heavy punch of the album’s beginning, while the latter branches out into more spacious instrumental territory. There’s enough room for the guitarist to have a solo in “The Flesh Prevails”, so why not include one?

Maybe Spinal Tap would be proud of how most of this album is turned up to 11, but it doesn’t quite sit well with me. The Flesh Prevails feels as if it were written in its entirety months ago, only to have multiple, equally extraneous additions edited in afterwards- and the result is several cases of sensory overload. Now, many a metal fan will claim there’s nothing wrong with sensory overload- and that very well may be what some seek in the genre- but such a characteristic leaves a sour taste in my mouth after having listened to this album a fair bit. In Fallujah’s defense, I’m not convinced the production on this album, brick-walled to eternity, would be able to pull off anything other than the loudest music- that drumkit, in particular, sounds synthetically crafted in order to be as noisy as possible- but I can’t help but hold out hope on more organic music from the group in the future. That’s because I do enjoy the sound Fallujah’s found for themselves in the progressive death metal realm these days- but I sincerely hope The Flesh Prevails is a stepping stone, not an all-out endpoint.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2014


10188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I've been in the process of moving and finding a new job over these last few weeks, which is why it took me awhile to review this. Hey guys

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KILL
August 8th 2014


71743 Comments


failure had passed the stepping stone!!!!!!

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BMDrummer
August 8th 2014


7066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i had this at a 3.7 in my soundoff a week ago, but the production bothers me so damn much

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Gameofmetal
August 8th 2014


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"and the eponymous track each claim"

I assume you meant "title" track. Fantastic review. I still don't follow with what everyone says about the production. Doesn't bother me one bit.

Evreaia
August 8th 2014


4031 Comments


A starlit path, the nights reveal and The title track are so offputting..

if it wasn't for carved from stone i'd jump to levitation right away, the album truly starts for me there.

ILJ
August 8th 2014


6669 Comments


the production on this is total ass. nomadic was fantastic though

mindleviticus
August 8th 2014


8229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Levitation is my least favorite song.

Night Reveals is my fav

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Grizzlypyro
August 8th 2014


148 Comments


Production is fine, don't really get the hate. Night reveals is crazy good.

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KILL
August 8th 2014


71743 Comments


its fine if you listen to music with laptop speakers

BMDrummer
August 8th 2014


7066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

jam it with good headphones

Gameofmetal
August 8th 2014


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I've jammed in several settings and don't have a problem but I digress. Favorites are Starlit path, Alone With You, and Allure. Alone With You builds so well into Allure.

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


968 Comments


Swell review Jacob.

thelastsignal
August 8th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, Jacob. It reads a bit as if you are being preemptively defensive about your rating, but I
understand given all of the love this album has been getting since it's came out.

ExplosiveOranges
August 8th 2014


2585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yay, new Jacob review! Yeah, I might have to lower my rating for this one. Not sure yet, though.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


5768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe Spinal Tap would be proud of how most of this album is turned up to 11, but it doesn’t quite sit well with me.


Album is shit sandwich agreed.

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MikeC26
August 8th 2014


3178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah it's pretty good

MikeC26
August 8th 2014


3178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

production isn't great but it's better than Mastodon's new album at least

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 8th 2014


5768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually digging this so far

climactic
August 8th 2014


18882 Comments


agreed with the review and rating.

ChoccyPhilly
August 8th 2014


6151 Comments


Late to the party as always but this is heavy and thick as fuck



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