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Album Review

Deeds of Flesh had first introduced their vile black metal mayhem to an unsuspecting world with 1995's Gradually Melting EP, and on this, their full-length debut, they take things even further. One of those albums whose sonic onslaught will prove challenging to even the most educated black metal enthusiasts, Trading Pieces is a collection of hyper-intense tracks hacked from an oppressive wall of hate. Gory slasher lyrics lead the charge as the band pile-drives along their merry path of absolute apocalypse. This is made all the more interesting by their extremely intricate arrangements, especially in the rhythmic department, where drummer Joey never seems to settle on any particular blast-beat pattern for longer than ten seconds. An impressive first effort from a technical perspective, this album still showed plenty of room for improvement.

Customer Reviews

Great album, poor review.

Deeds of Flesh is a very good brutal death band and this album is awesome, but that's not really what my review is about. I just wanted to comment on how much the person/people reviewing this know about extreme metal when they call Deeds of Flesh "black metal." Really? C'mon, either get someone who knows what they're talking about or don't write a review. Well, now that you've read this rant, buy the album.

One-dimensional feces

Terrible. This album is everything that word means. It is a smear on the Deeds of Flesh discography. It is horribly block-headed and none of the magic is there. It seems it all went into the other Deeds of Flesh albums as this one is devoid of intelligence.

Thankfully, they have been incredibly consistent ever since. Avoid this one though.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This California combo is true American death metal. Deeds of Flesh formed in 1993 in the sleepy central coast town of Los Osos and just three months later they released their first CD Gradually Melted on a variety of small labels worldwide. The album caught the attention of Repulse Records who picked them up in 1996. Over the years, founding members Erik Lindmark (guitar and vocals) and Jacoby Kingston (bass and vocals) have struggled to keep a full lineup, but they refuse to let this little setback...
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Trading Pieces, Deeds of Flesh
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 28, 2001

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