Roundtable album review: Unwilling Flesh – Between the Living and the Dead

Unwilling Flesh CoverLabel: Eihwaz Recordings

Release Date: 30 September 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 39 minutes

Genre: Old Swedish-style Death Metal

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

Location: USA



WarpRider – “Between the Living and the Dead” is an assault on the senses. The guttural vocals are intense. “Bathed in Desolation” is a nicely intense song with a pleasurable guitar solo nearer the end of the song. There is enough diversity on the album to keep it from being a continuous barrage of everything brutal. 3.0


RiffRaff – Old-school Swedish Death Metal is Old-school Swedish Death Metal. Nothing original or groundbreaking from Unwilling Flesh, but damn do they deliver that Entombed-style death metal just the way I like my death metal. Groovy, precise, punchy, and fun. In a sea of the ever popular and all-encompassing deathcore wave, it’s nice to get a nice and well done throwback record. Lots of siq grooves and great solos make this a very listenable record that remains pretty engaging from front to back. If you’re hankering for some new death metal in your collection, do check this record out. 3.75


Irmelinis – Nothing new here, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Guitars, guitars and more guitars, sometimes grinding, sometimes soloing or playing catchy hooks. Happy, fun, old death metal. 2.5


ChristopherMammal – I’m pleasantly surprised. Looking at various lists of new album releases, there seems to be about one new old-death album a day. That adds a mountain of competition in a genre not known for enormous variety in its original style. I wasn’t expecting much variation from one track to another on a debut old-death album, but Unwilling Flesh does a good job of managing the pace and melody in their track selection. The vocals are powerful and rounded and the musos all perform their parts solidly. If the band sounds like this in concert, it would be a jolly non-stop mosh fest. The album kept my attention all the way through. 3.2

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.1 out of 5




About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on August 28, 2014, in Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I enjoy the new Old School Death Meetal bands like Vampire or Miasmal. Maybe it’s because my knowledge about the ‘originals’ is a bit limited and unlike others I’m not permanently think of this and that band having done this before. Raw sound and vocals are always welcome:-)
    Sounds good. Also another nice artwork.

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