Threnody - Rid of Flesh - Reviewed By Metal Digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/18929/new-promo-threnody-rid-of-flesh-old-school-death-metal
The late 80’s was a great time in heavy metal, glam and thrash metal might have been at it head-to-head, but this was when metal began to split even further down into subgenres as bands went down the rabbit hole to deeply explore their sounds. One such band were Threnody who played death metal and released their ‘Internal Infestation’ demo before splitting up. Thankfully, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns allowed Threnody to get together virtually and record their debut album ‘Rid of Flesh’.
Although this reunion didn’t feature vocalist Todd Blank and Rich Harman on drums who were unable to commit to the project, British vocalist Harry Tradayon was able to take over the vocal place as the band finally got to record many of the songs which had been mothballed for the best part of 30 years. ‘Rid of Flesh’ is not an album of rehashed songs, caught out of time, had the dust blown off and wheeled out; quite the contrary, in fact, these tracks have been rewritten for the modern era meaning that they return a lot of the old school sound, but through a great modern production, tracks such as ‘Maggot Feast’, ‘Crib Death’ and ‘Choking on Blood’ can go toe-to-toe with any of the recent classic sounding death metal and come out triumphant but bloodied having all the enjoyability of Death, Carcass and Napalm Death.
There isn’t anything here that the listener hasn’t heard before, but nobody cares about that because ‘Rid of Flesh’ is very enjoyable, it does everything that it sets out to do and hopefully this means that Threnody have kick-started their career that will produce much more. Metal Digest
Release Date: February 8, 2022
FFO: Death, Napalm death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy
Location: Reading, Pa
In 1988 A.D., 5 young men from Berks County took an oath to alter the realm of music for eternity. Armed with their bestowed weapons, Todd the microphone, Rich the drums, Bill and Sean each a guitar and Dave the bass, they forged songs that would devastate Reading PA in ways yet to be recovered from. At first, they paid homage to their gods, Carcass, Entombed, Obituary. Then, they strayed from the path, blazed their own and obliterated all that faced them. For almost 2 years from atop the heap of failed opposition, they mastered their magic and branded themselves as Threnody. In late 1990 they unleashed a six-song slaughterhouse, Internal Infestation, that none could surpass. Hordes of the instantly enchanted demanded a relentless campaign of live performances that only honed the band’s lethal skill. Their sharpening stone was Reading’s only all age club, Unisound.
Once the initial wave of destruction began to settle, they crafted more songs and recorded another EP that was destined to be a bloodbath to all that dared to listen. Due to a destiny beyond their mortal control the EP was never released and these fallen pioneers were cast unto separate worlds.
In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Bill decided to try to recruit the original members to once again light the torch and re-do the songs circa 1990. Sean and Dave were able, Todd and Rich were not. They had their own kingdoms to govern. Under a friendly flag, Harry in the UK and David from Ecuador were enlisted to do the vocals and drums respectively. With the world on lockdown and virtual life now normal life, Threnody galvanized 8 songs from 30 plus years prior, not re-written but re-visioned, in their first full length LP, Rid of Flesh. Let it rip.
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