Once in a while, a debut album comes along that absolutely obliterates everyone's expectations and sets the band up as the next exciting prospect to take the scene by storm. Glaswegian technical death metal band Godeater may just be the next band to become the pride of the British death metal scene with the release of their utterly stunning debut album All Flesh is Grass.
Raising the curtain on the album is the two-minute slaughter 'Anoxia'. Heavily melodic runs up and down the fretboard are backed by machine gun-esque drums that alternate between blast beats and more unrelenting double kick patterns. Right off the bat, the album feels like an offering from a band that have a deep knowledge and appreciation of death metal and its roots, but also like a band who want to fuse this with their own unique take. Synth lines, acoustic instruments in the breaks, choirs, and more build from the traditional foundation and coalesce into a sound that is sure to set Godeater apart from the pack.
Out of the whole of the nine-track album, picking favourites proves to be difficult as each track on the album is absolutely near perfection. If you like your death metal to be more theatrical, then 'Blood Moon' with its reverb-soaked synth lines and choral sections may be the track for you. If you want a full-throttle onslaught, full of blast beats, breakdowns, and guttural screams then 'Inertia Haze' will be right up your alley. But the truth is, if you like any-one of the songs on All Flesh is Grass, you're sure to love them all. Every track is a beautifully atmospheric, technical masterpiece that help make All Flesh is Grass a strong contender for metal debut of the year.
The entirety of All Flesh is Grass is drenched in a magnificently grand, sinister atmosphere that almost rivals the level of theatrics achievable by a band like Cradle of Filth. Utilising the sound of huge church organ ringing out around a large open hall, 'Spirare' takes the tonal blueprint of the rest of the album and runs with it. The one-minute flavour piece layers unsettling, horror movie-esque pizzicato strings, choral sounds, and speech that sounds almost back-masked, with the massive organ sound before the seamless transition into the next track 'The Dreich'.
Whatever you consider “good death metal”, All Flesh is Grass will challenge your perceptions of who sits at the pinnacle of the genre. Drawing any comparison between Godeater and bands with many years more experience than them further highlights just how good this band are. All Flesh is Grass could easily compete with some of the genres landmark albums, and as a debut album, you'd be hard pushed to find one better. While most bands use their debut album as their first step, for Godeater, All Flesh is Grass is more like a giant leap.
All Flesh Is Grass Is Out Now Via Self Release