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Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails



8.3 | 239 votes |
Release date: 22 July 2014
Style: Progressive death metal

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01. Starlit Path
02. Carved From Stone
03. The Night Reveals
04. The Flesh Prevails
05. Levitation
06. Alone With You
07. Allure
08. Sapphire
09. Chemical Cave

Line-up
Alex Hofmann - vocals
Scott Carstairs - guitars
Brian James - guitars
Andrew Baird - drums
Rob Morey - bass

Guest musicians
Christian Münzner - guitars

Additional info
Mixed, mastered and engineered by Zach Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA.

Features guest appearances from Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist) and the voice of Roniit Alkayam.

The artwork was a collaborative effort between Poland's Tomasz Alen Kopera and Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann.

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
9.1
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.

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published 22.07.2014 | Comments (16)

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21.07.2014 - 08:37
Rating: 10
Kenshin Mizuhara

This album is incredible. One of the best experiences I've had all year. An absolute joy to listen to.
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21.07.2014 - 19:37
MechanisT
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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.
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21.07.2014 - 20:12
Rating: 8
Ganondox

Best techdeath I've ever heard, love the atmosphere.

On a side note, Jessica Flores has good taste.
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22.07.2014 - 00:33
chronic-headache

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
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22.07.2014 - 02:25
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Ganondox on 21.07.2014 at 20:12
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What does a clip about the war on drugs have to do with this?
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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22.07.2014 - 05:08
Rating: 8
Ganondox

Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.07.2014 at 02:25

Written by Ganondox on 21.07.2014 at 20:12
[video]

What does a clip about the war on drugs have to do with this?


When I linked it jumped to the part where a girl wearing a Fallujah t-shirt can be seen. Apparently it's not going there now. Anyway, that's the only reason I even know about this amazing band.
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23.07.2014 - 02:10
Rating: 9
Dundamom

So damn good, these guys are a treasure.
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23.07.2014 - 11:16
Rating: 9
desire

Great listening exprience... i really enjoy it.
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23.07.2014 - 12:56
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Overrated but indeed a good album. There is no variety in vocals which is a bad thing. Second part of this album is better, more proggy IMO. I think I still prefer their debut over this new album.
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23.07.2014 - 14:01
Rating: 7
Big-Al

Written by Hex_Omega on 23.07.2014 at 12:56

Overrated but indeed a good album. There is no variety in vocals which is a bad thing.

Yes, it's alright, interesting stuff I guess, just do not like the vocals either.

Shame about the vocals.
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I drink moosepiss
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23.07.2014 - 17:27
Rating: 8
Hazelnut Nero

I would not call it a nine i think . It is an 8,5 for me with 2 listens allready .
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23.07.2014 - 19:45
The Paul

Mediocre as far as I can tell.
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24.07.2014 - 07:52
Necrodamus

There's a lot going on here; very proggy, atmospheric, and layered. Overall an awesome album. Can't wait to see these guys at Summer Slaughter.
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24.07.2014 - 11:16
Rating: 7
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Written by sugmoff on 24.07.2014 at 08:51

I just don't get it. i hear nothing but good things about this band, but it just seems really boring to me. i wish i could hear what everyone is talking about

It is easy to be tired of this album because of vocals. It is really not as good as the rating says. I have better prog death bands on my list (self-promotion )
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24.07.2014 - 17:35
Fearmeister
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I'll be honest, I didn't think I'll like this. VERY nice surprise
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24.07.2014 - 22:07
Rating: 9
Gelati

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"
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25.07.2014 - 15:23
Rating: 7
Wes

Can't rate it higher than 7 yet. I like it for sure though. What songs are standing out to people?
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25.07.2014 - 17:30
Fearmeister
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Written by Wes on 25.07.2014 at 15:23

Can't rate it higher than 7 yet. I like it for sure though. What songs are standing out to people?


Sapphire
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28.07.2014 - 00:56
Rating: 9
Rulatore

I liked this a lot more than the debut. Shame the growls weren't good.

Standouts: Sapphire, The Flesh Prevails, Carved From Stone
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28.07.2014 - 11:32
Rating: 5
raveneffect

Interesting bits here but I cant really enjoy all these breakdowns.
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29.07.2014 - 05:26
Rating: 9
infernaldeath87

SIMPLY MAGICAL
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02.08.2014 - 17:56
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Brutal, melodic, atmospheric. Lacks staying power, however, and is somewhat forgettable even after a few listens.
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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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05.08.2014 - 14:49
Rating: 5
K✞ulu
Seeker of Truth
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 .
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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05.08.2014 - 17:35
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by K✞ulu on 05.08.2014 at 14:49

Blatantly repetitive wankery. No real atmosphere as many people say, nor interesting technical riffs. I am dumbfounded by the admiration of others...




I am dumbfounded by the admiration as well, for the precise same reasons you just named.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
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07.08.2014 - 04:58
Rating: 8
Diverge

Written by K✞ulu on 05.08.2014 at 14:49

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.
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07.08.2014 - 14:58
MichaelAngeloT

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.08.2014 at 17:35

Written by K✞ulu on 05.08.2014 at 14:49

Blatantly repetitive wankery. No real atmosphere as many people say, nor interesting technical riffs. I am dumbfounded by the admiration of others...




I am dumbfounded by the admiration as well, for the precise same reasons you just named.


I totally agree with ya
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20.08.2014 - 09:33
Rating: 9
ke ke

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?
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12.09.2014 - 12:57
Rating: 5
angel.
Evil Butterfly
Meh... that was too boring for me.
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The Fangirl.
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30.09.2014 - 19:57
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
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.
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11.10.2014 - 13:49
Rating: 7
Kuroboshi

I love the formula, but even after 3 listens I can't remember a single rriff or anything from it...
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