I'm rather new to this genre (technical death metal).I've mostly been into the more melodic side of death and black metal,but that genre has started to become stale.So as a musician I really wanted to get into to this technical death metal.But I had a hard time getting into to this genre at first,until this album came along!
Finally a album I truly enjoy! Deeds of Flesh's "Of what's to Come" has a sound I can get into.With fast hammer-on hammer-off style riffs that blaze threw every string and fret,mixed with aggressive chords and fast tremolo picking,and some impressive and melodic solos. It truly shows that Erik Lindmark and Sean Southern know how to play there instruments and they complement each other very well through-out the whole album and as another reviewer I read some where puts it "it makes Necrophagist's Muhammed Suiçmez's riffs sound simplistic by comparison" and I couldn't agree more.
But the riffing isn't the only thing that's impressive with this album; Mike Hamilton's drumming is exciting,fast and technical,he knows how to bring out the rhythm in each guitar riff and also shows off his skills and endurance at the same time.Erland Caspersen also puts on an impressive display with his bass and he is clearly a asset to the sound of this album.He doesn't get to be in the spotlight of the music much but when he is,he shows great skills and fast bass lines that will most likely become stuck in your head after.
The vocals are great too with the mix of death and black vocals is a perfect mixture; There also layered perfectly at times to give the music that extra aggressive push where it needs it.In addition the lyrics are clearly audible,which is a good thing I think because then you can follow the theme of the album.
The theme of the album and lyrics are quite good also.It's about advanced life forms from another planet that invades earth and kills all humans for this valuable life energy (Virvum) that's used for weapons,space traveling,and other tools that fuel there species.On the last song it seems the humans are getting ready to fight and take back the planet that once was theirs,by taking advantage of the aliens one mistake...underestimating the humans.As cheesy as that sounds it's actually well written like a story line to a movie and I heard the story is going to continue on the next album.It's a refreshing change from the same old gore and guts theme that's for sure.
The song writing is good also,it does have times that wont really grab your attention though.It definitely takes repetitive listens for this album to grab you (as with all technical death metal).That's not to say it doesn't have riffs that will instantly grab you though.It still has those catchy and head banging riffs,just with a technical twist: I think that's reason why I liked this album more then any other technical death metal album I got before it.If it was a bit more heavier and catchier though,I would have gave it a 5 star.
Anyways this review as become way too long.But I hope I've helped you decide to purchase this album or not.Any technical death metal fan will love it.But loyal Deeds of Flesh fans might be disappointed by this technical release as it lacks those simple hooks of their past albums,but I like it. It's something new and different for Deeds of Flesh,which after 15 years I'm sure they need.