Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Accidental Suicide - Flesh Parade (1991)

Accidental Suicide. One of the most criminally overlooked bands in the history of death metal. It's a fucking shame as these guys epitomize what classic, early '90's death/doom is all about. Though the band is from Wisconsin, you could easily be fooled into thinking that they were from Scandinavia as they possess that same sort of "chainsaw" guitar sound and exhibit a mastery over slower 'doom' tempos that rival anything that the funeral doom genre itself has to offer.

Vocally, Ed Jackson is a fucking hideous monster, ravenously cannibalistic yet tortured by insanity. Ed has one of the broadest ranges I've heard from a death metal vocalist in well over twenty years. This guy can go from blood curdling shrieks to one of the most commanding lows in the game. Not once, while listening to this did I get the feeling that this was "some dude with a cool death metal voice". Ed really sounds like a crazed beast and that trait of being able to convince the listener that what he/she's hearing is not human further cements the morbid atmosphere conjured fourth by the rest of the band.

The drummer aint no "George Kolias" or anything like that, but he doesn't need to be. I never felt by listening to his work that he "should've did this" or "could've done that". He perfectly answers everything that the guitars throw at him and that's all I could ever ask for. The guitars themselves are absolutely monstrous and effortlessly paint ruinous landscapes amidst the grey desolation that vocalist Ed Jackson resides in.

This demo actually contains pretty much the same versions of these songs that are found on the band's debut full length, only here they are actually tuned lower, thus giving them an even swampier sound.

I understand that finding a physical copy of this is close to impossible, but what with the zillions of blogs and file sharing programs out  there, it shouldn't be terribly difficult to obtain a digital rendering, which I highly suggest you do as doom/death of the classic era does not get any better than this!

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