Creme Flesh - Casablumpkin

Creme Flesh’s “Casablumpkin” is a release that sees a merging of genres in an almost seamless fashion. First, we have the cover art which shows a man sitting in a toilet stall with what one might guess is a woman on her knees performing an act on the man. Not really the type of album cover you would find on a brutal death metal album. Stereotypically, one might think this would be a porn/grind cover or something to that effect. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but at least odd. Then we have song titles such as “Femme Fecal” and “Lawerence of a Labia”, not to mention the timeless classic, “In Space No One Can hear You Cream”. Again, you might think there is a gore/porn album happening here. Yeah, you might think that until you put this CD in your stereo and succumb to the aural audacity oozing from your defiled speakers! This is one of the most insanely vile releases I have heard in recent years. Forget what you’ve thought about genre barriers because Creme Flesh have totally annihilated them! They completely push the envelope and remain true to the standards while concocting this morally putrid slab of brutal death metal. The riffs are fairly standard for the presented material but are played with a level of ferocity higher than what a lot of bands are playing that have been around a lot longer. They sound simplistic but not to an insane degree. Brutality to the fullest is the method of madness here. Sophakles Theodora is the guitarist and does a phenomenal job. Even though it might not be all that technical, everything is precise, laid out, and played with such a menacing format. This is a guitarist who wants to be remembered. When you can play at this level, that is something special.

Rory Kennedy handles bass duties and does a great job lurking around on this album and keeping the pulse going. With that being said, I do wish he was more in the forefront. Not to drown anything out, but to showcase his talent a little more. Allen L. is on drums, and I must say, I like his playing a lot. Those tom rolls and that double bass were awesome! Again, not all that technical, but he lets you know that he’s got that skill. Finally, we have Matt Hilden on vocals. He has a good range but uses lower range growls quite a bit here which is perfect for this material. Sometimes you don’t need to go out of your way to get your point across and that’s the way it is with Matt as well as the rest of the band. The sheer pounding brutality is enough to bring you in and aurally decimate you with their brand of brutal death metal. If you are into bands such as Internal Bleeding, Vader, Skinless, Suffocation, Vital Remains, Necroticgorebeast, and Slob, Creme Flesh is definitely for you. Contact the band of Comatose Music for more info on this release.

4 / 5 STARS

1. Astroglide Homicide
2. Femme Fecale
3. In Space No One Can Hear You Cream
4. Elbow Deep On Dirty Sheets
5. Casablumpkin
6. Lawrence Of A Labia
7. Shredded Artery Slumber Party
8. On Her Majesty's Secret Cervix
9. The Pit And The Speculum
10. From Russia With AIDS