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Flegethon : The 4th Step To Self-Destruction

Flegethon's latest release is consistent and submersive, but could do with more creativity and variation.

"In Greek mythology, the river Phlegethon ("flaming") was one of the five rivers in the infernal regions of the underworld, along with the rivers Styx, Lethe, Cocytus, and Acheron."

The musical concepts range from depression, darkness and death to H.P. Lovecraft. Flegethon have been around since 1999 and have had 9 previous full length albums out. Oden provides all the music and vocals, and this new album is entitled 'The 4th Step To Self Destruction'.

Slowly the music sinks into your skin. It's huge and depressingly sad. Guttural vocals transcend over the landscape of warm pads. It's wide-sounding and atmospheric. Halfway through the opening song 'WWl' we are treated to samples of battle cries and gunfire. A past, and futuristic, visionary experience of sorts. It is brave to try and put into music of this genre the feel and pain of war and destruction. Maybe they should have looked at it from each war's perspective, and made the music feel more of that period rather then just use samples. Dirty sounding chimes follow and we return to the musical trance of devastation.

There are a few more guitar leads in the second song 'WWll'. It gives the overall feel a bit more warmth, and a much needed change in dynamics. Samples, again, are included in the song. It's a strange mixture and feels as if you're on a dirty, bloodied battlefield, mist and the stench of death filling your lungs.

These songs are like mini films, each ranging between 10 and 19min in length. You won't find many riffs of a faster pace, or any large change of tempo. It's more or less at a snail pace and requires the listener to be open-minded and focus on the concept of the music.

The last track 'WWlV?' is more hypnotic in nature, but still carries through the elements of the previous songs. This was a very different experience for me against the bands I tend to listen to. Overall it will split opinion, and I found it really hard to soak in the length of each song. The production of the album was not amazing, and I struggled to hear the bass or separation between each instrument. The guitar tone was fuzzy but had no depth or feel to it. Maybe it's time for them to challenge themselves to venture more into creativity, variation and just to be more adventurous between the melodies.

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Reviewer's rating: 6.5/10


Tracklist :
1. WWl
2. WWll
3. CW
4. WWlV?

Duration : Approx. 65 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-01-29 by Riccardo Veronese
Rotten Copper
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