Alright metal gamers, after quite a few reviews within different sub-genres of death and black I am back with a review on what I enjoy the most, classic death metal! Not only is it OSDM but it’s also from Sweden, oh the joy! Though the four-piece features three of the five members from Non Divine Sun, a melodeath band, Wretched Fate instead offers HM2 death metal straight up with modern production value. Think Demonical, Feral, Bloodbath and Evocation and you know what these guys are all about.
I will tell it to you straight away. In all honesty Wretched Fate doesn’t offer anything new under the rotten sun but truth be told I am such a sucker for well crafted death metal of this school that I can’t help but to spin it time and time again. And that’s exactly what their debut Fleshletting has given me, a new album I get drawn to and I’ve listened to it at least once per day since its release. I can’t deny its appeal and this is the exact same reason why I had Evocation’s album The Shadow Archetype very high up on my best of 2017, or why Chaos Manifesto from Demonical got quite a few spins last year. Sometimes it just need to be catchy as hell and be the riffs that the doctor ordered.
The onslaught Wretched Fate unleash upon its listener already on the opening title track makes your head bang from the first note. However with its 12 songs and almost one hour long runtime it might be too much for the non diehard fan of the genre. There are a couple of songs that kinda flies by even after several listens but with standout tracks such as “Wretched Fate”, “Altars of Misery” and “Epitaph” there is a lot of quality and variation here. While at its peaks Fleshletting is one of the best death metal albums I’ve heard in months there are a few unmemorable tracks too many to have this album in the best of the year talks (yes I think of this stuff already).
Fleshletting is one of my most played albums for February, yet it came out late, and while I do think its close to one hour playtime is too long this is a solid death metal album that will please any fan of the genre. If they trim some fat (quality over quantity and all that) for the next release they might just have an album that will land high on the best of rankings at The Metal Gamer. With Fleshletting though we got a debut that’s already carved a way for Wretched Fate to reach the high tiers of Swedish death metal. The future is bright for these guys from Dalarna!
Written by J.B.
Label: Redefining Darkness Records
For fans of: Bloodbath and Demonical
Release date: February 22nd, 2019
Favorite song: Epitaph
Score: 4/5 Incredible