Progressive blackened- death metallers A Flourishing Scourge are ready to unleash their first full-length album on June 9th and indeed it’s one to keep an eye out for if you truly appreciate extreme, musician mastery. Recorded in Gojira’s Silver cord Seattle studios, this eightdynamic album is sure to take you on a ruthless rapture.
Emerging from the underground scene, here’s what you need to know:
The members consist of Kevin Carbrey on bass, Andrew Dennis on guitar (lead), Tye Jones as vocals and guitar and Samus Paulicelli as session drummer, surfacing from Seattle. A Flourishing Scourge was engineered by Jamie Uertz (Gojira, Anthrax) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth). Their own independent label Begotten Records administered the album in just the mere length of a week, which is mesmerising considering how immaculate it is.
There’s no doubt that the musicianship has evolved with some influence by trail blazing bands such as early Iron Maiden which really testified the chemistry between the musicians , yet the structure and composition of the tracks are not as generic and traditional as we would expect. There are no rules for AFS, their creative freedom has broken the barriers of theory and technique. The tracks feature a real blend of dynamic, hard- hitting blast beat layers and guttural vocals hosted by tracks such as Tidal Waves and Onerous. This contrast with the more atmospheric labyrinth of Awakened, the sound spans the length of the entire length of the album as a means of breaking apart the rapidity to ensure each track doesn’t follow the same ‘plodding’ tempo.
Lyrically, I don’t believe this band’s main goal was to allow the audience to connect and relate to the themes of abomination and misanthropy, it’s one for a niche audience. However, this is a smart move; I don’t believe music has to be necessarily meaningful as it’s much easier to admire the technicality and mastery of the albums’ composure. If you’re a fan of Spawn of Possession, Nile, Belphegor and Sacramentum then this band is undoubtedly one to check out!
For the fans that appreciate, extreme progressive blackened death metal.