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Flesh Parade - "Dirty Sweet" (CD)

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"Dirty Sweet" track listing:

1. Choir (Intro)
2. Mason Dixon Line
3. Hate Life
4. Done Lost It
5. How To Do So
6. Defenseless
7. Eat Shit and Fuck a Moose
8. Diminished
9. Lookey Here
10. Sale Doux
11. What Do You Think
12. Bullshit
13. Shmackin’ Footsies
14. John Simon Island
15. Getting Stronger
16. Ascension
17. Occasionally Something, Usually Nothing

Reviewed by on January 13, 2011

"This album is not for the faint of heart. It is vicious and cuts like a serrated knife."

“Dirty Sweet” definitely doesn’t look like a grindcore album, much less a metal album. The bright yellow background, and a hot pink star featuring the silhouette of a curvy woman in a sexy position, seems like it would be destined for gentlemen’s clubs. However, those ladies of the night would be in for quite a shock when the DJ let this play. Flesh Parade’s sound is a abrasive collection of sounds, ranging from fatal grindcore to early forms of death, thrash, and even intertwining break downs of early hardcore from such noted bands as Poison Idea and Sick Of It All. This album is not for the faint of heart. It is vicious and cuts like a serrated knife.

The music is as fun as it is unnerving. Scott Leger just shrieks his decibel splitting vocals unrelenting and quick. In every song he covers the intense instruments with his high growl. It’s not easy to make out what he’s saying, but you know he’s pissed. I love how he screams, “Lookey here!” in the beginning of the song by the same name. It sounds like a fight is about to break out. Tony Salisbury’s bass is as important as the guitar in this mix and it plays along with every insane note. There are brutal snare blasts at extremely fast tempos by Todd Capiton, and Rene Perez plays non-stop pure heavy shredding guitar tones. He is very inventive within the incredibly hectic and rapid genre of grindcore by switching up riff styles for each short masterpiece. I really liked the almost circusy riff in “Diminished” and the very classic grind/thrash riff in “Eat Shit and Fuck a Moose.”

Grindcore is a genre you must love, otherwise it can be painful to hear. The songs, most of which are under two minutes, have a formula not unlike punk: the fast beginning with a few seconds of guitar solo, then a slower tempo breakdown leading to a fast ending. It all happens so quick that you may be left in a daze before figuring out that base.

Forged through a history of heavy grindcore and southern lifestyles, Flesh Parade has carved a scar into the face of the music industry, making an impact in the underground metal scene over the decades through countless shows, and a few lineup changes. The band’s music holds true to the staying power of aggressive heavy weights; delivering one to two minute fist fight anthems.

Highs: Great classic grindcore at it's most vicious.

Lows: The songs sound similar (but that's the genre).

Bottom line: Great listen for the intensity.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)