Fallujah have undergone quite the evolution since their debut EP. Beginning life as an out-and-out deathcore band with nothing more than inventive riffs and a few blackened passages to set them apart, they have introduced more progressive and atmospheric elements with each release. The Flesh Prevails marks a true change in Fallujah, from better-than-average players in a populous scene to innovators of a rising and complex one.
This didn't grab me as much as I'd have liked. Focusing on atmospherics is absolutely fine in my book, but this is just way too imbalanced. Almost completely stripped off of the "meaningful" aggression and a sense of urgency that made the debut so enjoyable.
I don't know if it's my changing tastes but I'd put this on the same saddle as the latest Son of Aurelius. Too melody/atmosphere-oriented, without any definitive cutting edge. Kinda disappointing in all fairness.
EDIT: Having listened to the album for a while now, I can say it grew in stature slightly for me. Nevertheless, still somewhat disappointing and lacking.
Id be more sold if the production was better
too much brick-walling for me. Everything sounds like it's on the same volume level. Not as bad as some other albums, but I'll need to stream this before I dedicate my cash to this album
An absolute bombshell. Fallujah have seriously matured (not that they were really immature) into a remarkabe group. I went from "yea I'm sure this'll be aight but probably overhyped" to "wow this is maybe AotY so far..." I could break it down into specifics but this album is just straight up cool.
Individual performance honor: Andrew Baird. My formal analysis on the drums for this album would read something like "FUCKING BONKERS"
Blatantly repetitive wankery. No real atmosphere as many people say, nor interesting technical riffs. I am dumbfounded by the admiration of others...
If you want a good example of atmosphere and technicality, go listen to Psychotic Waltz. These guys played in the 90's and it's still amazing and better than this "forward-thinking" band .
Dude, I love Psychotic Waltz but I'd never put them as a form of comparison to Fallujah. They are intending two totally different objectives if you ask me. Maybe I haven't been reading up on Fallujah, but I don't think they were ever labelled "forward-thinking." If they were, then I totally agree with you; anyone who thinks this is forward thinking is dead wrong.
My initial reaction of this album was very good, despite the brick-wall production. Now, however I feel very torn about it. I still think it's quite an interesting album, but it's also kind of... forgettable. Sadly.
Hopefully there are more hooks in the next album and they shouldn't make it THIS FUCKING LOUD JESUS CHRIST WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS LOUD!
Excellent album but not perfect because of a little point.In few seconds of some tracks the connection between vocals and music is lost.but there's a little bad point in some tracks that doesn't make this album boring.just listen to "carved from stone",is it boring?
Been listening to this a couple of times, after being introduced to it by a friend, and my first impression on the band and the record was great. Now, after some listens, I kinda feel that it's an album that just doesn't evolve that much. It's a really nice atmosphere and some of the melodies are really great; but overall I feel that the songs is very alike each other.
Brutal, melodic, atmospheric. Lacks staying power, however, and is somewhat forgettable even after a few listens.
It is the "forgettable" quality of this album that makes me like it so much. Every time I come back, something fresh presents itself; it is worth many more listens than for that which it gets credit, imo. I literally cannot remember anything from it and that mysterious, unknown aspect intrigues me greatly.