SYK - eartHFlesh (2024)


Holding us over until the new Ulcerate drops next month, today we have Italian outfit SYK and their pummeling release “eartHFlesh”. With eight tracks and over 45 minutes of highly intricate and punishing Death Metal with Groove and even some Djent elements, this release is as crushing as it is complexly layered to infuse maximum pain. If you like music that is brutal, relentless, filled with excellent ideas, and masterfully executed, this is an album you can’t miss.

Opening with the ravaging “I Am The Beast”, the band sets a very disturbing and cinematic vibe with creepy atmospherics until the massive drumming and layered guitars make their appearance. The band’s ability to unleash sinister riffs is outstanding, as they pair perfectly with blistering drums and insane tempo changes. On tracks like “Where I Am Going There is No Light”, “I'll Haunt You In Your Dreams”, and “eartHFlesh”, the band rips through crafty tempo changes, hellish growls, and tons of Meshuggah-esque passages, showcasing masterful musicianship and execution.

The more times you listen to this release, the more small little details you will discover, making tracks like “The Sermon” never get old or tired. Guitarists Stefano Ferrian and Marcello Cravini, definitely have some insane chops, but also Alan La Roca delivers an insane throbbing bass guitar line, throughout the whole release and in particular pieces like “The Cross” and the unsettling “For To Themselves I Left Them”. We particularly love the more experimental nature of “The Passing” and its more atmospheric nature with additional clean male and female vocals, like a Djent version of Arcturus.

Overall, “eartHFlesh” is one hell of an intricate and punishing release that seemingly came out of nowhere. So make sure that SYK is in your radar as the band can only get better with time. This release is highly recommended for fans of bands like Meshuggah, Cult of Luna, Ulcerate, and everything in between.

Band: SYK Album: eartHFlesh

Label: Season of Mist

Release: May 10th, 2024

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Genre: Brutal Death/Groove/Djent Metal

Country: Italy

Rating: 97/100

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