Gory album cover and nearly unreadable band logo tell you a lot about what’s in store when you listen to Broken Flesh new self-titled album. If I didn’t know of the band, just based on the cover I would expect crushing guitars, ultra-fast blast beats and all-around pummeling drums, and largely growled, mostly unintelligible vocals and that is exactly what awaits any unsuspecting listener. As a follow up to Warbound, Broken Flesh have turned up the heaviness and crushing power to 11 and even rerecorded a couple tracks off their debut album to illustrate the progression in their sound.
Over ten years ago in 2004 Broken Flesh came together in Oklahoma City. Five years later, the band released their debut album Forever in Flames, itself a brutal collection of eight tracks. The next few years saw some personnel changes and label changes and the band released the Stripped, Stabbed, and Crucified ep in 2012 only to have more personnel changes as vocalist Ricky Puckett left the band. Throughout it all, the band unashamedly held to their faith and played on a number of bills with bands like Six Feet Under and others in death metal that certainly don’t share their beliefs. In 2013, the band released Warbound featuring new vocalist Jacob Mathes, who brought a deeper, more guttural, animal-like sound to the songs. On Warbound, not only did the vocals become darker and heavier, but the music increased in tenacity and brutality. For the self-titled release the band signed to Luxor Records and Nick Morris (As They Sleep) and Josh Dillon of Elaire Studios handled the production duties, making the album as heavy as possible to go with the songs, which vocalist Jacob Mathes said, “reflect some of the hardest times we have faced in our lives and where the Holy Spirit was in those times.” Following recording of the album, the band added a second guitarist, Dakota Whiteside,whose addition will certainly add to their live performances. Continue reading »