"Ageless Abominations" (Redfefining Darkness Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I listened through "Ageless Abominations" by Alchemy of Flesh and liked it well enough. It's a thundering death metal album that will leave your head pounding and your ears bleeding with its rumbling guitars, throat-tearing vocals and stake-through-the-heart drums.

Then I did a little research and discovered that "Ageless Abominations" is a death metal album that celebrates the art of gaming and that, in fact, there are purportedly traces of the theme from QUAKE in one of the tracks, "Slipgates to Annihilation." (I listened; I didn't hear it. But it's been a long time since I last played QUAKE.) And another song, "Fiamma Nera Rites," is supposedly about Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider (and has a sense of adventure about it, too).

During my research, I also discovered that Alchemy of Flesh is a  one-man band, and that did grab my attention. At all times, "Ageless Abominations" sounds like there's a full band at work here, and I don't mean just with the performance. I'm talking about that and the songwriting as well. Pretty impressive.

Look, if you're a gamer and you're into death metal, then don't look any further than Alchemy of Flesh and "Ageless Abominations." It's got everything you're looking for. And, if you're a fan of death metal but no particularly into gaming, give this one a shot as well. It's the kind of album that will put cracks in your wall which is exactly what it's supposed to do. 

Alchemy of Flesh: Tim Rowland - everything.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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