Bleak Flesh- Transcendence Review
By: DJ Blackmoon
Bleak Flesh’s new album, Transcendence, is technical deathcore, which is almost a contradiction, and that makes it difficult to describe certain aspects of the album, but it sounds exactly as you would expect.
The instrumentation is varied. The guitars are performed with typical and simple deathcore rhythms in some parts, though there are some cool rhythms and standout riffs as well. The parts are repetitive at times, with a muffled and unclear sound. There are however, some interesting sweeping solos, along with technical and melodic solos and riffs. The best example of Bleak Flesh’s technical capabilities can be heard on the instrumental track, “Individual Collapsar”, and a great example of an intriguing melodic passage is during the short instrumental interlude of “Cryosphere”. The electronic/synthesized guitar rhythm parts are trendy and bad, and hurt the album, plain and simple. As one would expect in technical deathcore, the drumming consists of both sides of the spectrum, containing both typical simple patterns repeated at some parts, while other parts are technical and progressive, and entertaining to say the least. The bass is barely audible as usual. A lot of atmosphere exists on Transcendence, good and bad. There is a lot of feeling when the keyboards are used in a symphonic, and you guessed it… atmospheric style. But the electronic “deathcore” parts completely ruin it. The feeling created by the keyboard matches with the album art, and the parts work well with the guitars. The vocals do not show a lot of technique, and it really puts a damper on the whole album. The midrange vocals are pretty solid, but the low vocals are sometimes lifeless. The lyrics are pretty good, and they help present the concept well. Overall album production on Transcendence is clear but with a distant quality that is perfect for the spacy concept and illustrates album art well. This album art shows vibrant colors and it’s a cool idea, even though I don't feel like the centerpiece fits well with the background. Bleak Flesh needs a better logo that is more eye catching on their covers and better represents them. The concept of space or universal themes is not at all original, but very much enjoyable, and far from getting old and this album does not completely run it to the ground. Transcendence is boring, and the songs nor album seem to lead anywhere. It is deathcore, in all it’s stagnant glory, with a chaotic and talented spin on it, which even still, is cool for all of five minutes if that.
Bleak Flesh shows a lot of potential, and if they would drop the deathcore, it would improve their sound significantly, and get them on the map as a good and talented death metal band.