The Pete Flesh Deathtrip [Sweden]
Mortui Vivos Docent
Previously known as Flesh, The Pete Flesh Deathtrip is now the brainchild of Pete Flesh, who has also been known for his work with other notable Swedish death metal bands like Deceiver and Maze of Torment. With renewed anger and fury, the band this year releases their brand new effort, Mortui Vivos Docent.
Unsurprisingly then, Mortui Vivos Docent has a rather heavy old school Swedish death metal sound, and right from the opening riffs of Fallen Bliss one is quickly reminded of the stylistics of bands such as Entombed and Dismember, though quickly enough one would realise that The Pete Flesh Deathtrip has more than meets the eye over here. Apart from the usual old school classics, there are also moments on the album where one is reminded of the style of bands such as Amon Amarth and Evocation. Furthermore, there is also quite a heavy black metal touch on Mortui Vivos Docent, and throughout the album, the trem-picked segments easily remind one of bands such as Dark Funeral and the more aggressive moments are reminiscent of Panzer Division-era Marduk.
Yet at the same time, The Pete Flesh Deathtrip manages to avoid the pitfall of simply sounding like each of the different styles, fusing elements from the various different styles into one that works extremely well for them. From the start of the album right till the end, one is kept enchanted by the energy that is on the album, as the band assaults the listener’s ears relentlessly. The black metal influences are also clear on the emphasis that is placed on the atmospheric aspects of the music, such as the rather subtle usage of keyboards on songs like The Eternal Dawn, giving off a somewhat haunting chill.
The production quality on Mortui Vivos Docent is also stellar, and in particular the sounds of the guitars stand out with the huge tone, making the heavily trem-picked sections on the album all the more powerful. Pete Flesh proves himself to be a capable musician as well as he takes over the drumming duties on the album, with each of the instruments being flawlessly executed.With the versatility that is displayed on the album, the band ensures that each of the tracks present a slightly different experience from the others, making Mortui Vivos Docent an extremely enjoyable album.