With the release of The Flesh Prevails, the forthcoming magnum opus from atmospheric death metal henchmen, FALLUJAH, now almost two weeks away, The Onion’s A.V. Club offers up fifth number, “Levitation,” for public consumption.
Mixed, mastered and engineered by sound savior Zack Ohren (Suffocation, All Shall Perish) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, The Flesh Prevails boasts guest appearances from guitarist Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Necrophagist), the chilling voice of Roniit Alkayam present throughout the album, and serves as the band’s most intricately arranged, methodically executed and plainly cathartic manifestation to date. A true master work of progressively tinged, otherworldly death metal.
Comments vocalist Alex Hoffmann of the track, “‘Levitation’ is a track made with the purpose of channeling the most dark and ethereal energies that the album has to offer, swaying away from speed and aggression and into more otherworldly and melancholic themes. This is my personal favorite track on the album and one that we can’t wait to play live.”
Adds A.V. Club, “The San Francisco death-metal outfit’s new album, The Flesh Prevails, broadens and deepens the band’s scope, incorporating spacious passages of atmosphere into chilling, brainy riffage. ‘Levitation,’ shrouds itself in ambience and melody even as it refuses to flinch in the face of man’s inhumanity to man.”
Rise up with “Levitation,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, you can still sample “Carved From Stone” still streaming at Lambgoat, at THIS LOCATION as well as “Sapphire,” courtesy of MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.
The Flesh Prevails will be released via Unique Leader Records on July 22nd, 2014 during FALLUJAH’s participation in this year’s crushing Summer Slaughter Tour alongside Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Goatwhore and more. Additionally, the band will take part in the Summer Slaughter Canada Club Tour 2014. Set to commence just a few days after the US march draws to a close, the trek runs from August 14th to August 25th followed by three additional performances in Seattle, Portland and Santa Cruz. The band will be joined by The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Black Crown Initiate and Fatality (on select dates).
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins
7/17/2014 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
7/18/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
7/19/2014 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
7/20/2014 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
7/22/2014 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
7/23/2014 Summit – Denver, CO
7/25/2014 House of Blues - Houston, TX
7/26/2014 Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
7/27/2014 GMBG – Dallas, TX
7/29/2014 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
7/30/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
7/31/2014 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/01/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
8/02/2014 Mojoes – Chicago, IL
8/03/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
8/05/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/06/2014 Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI
8/07/2014 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
8/08/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
8/09/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/10/2014 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Summer Slaughter: The Canada Club Tour 2014 w/ The Faceless, Rings Of Saturn, Archspire, Fatality (8/14 – 8/20), Black Crown Initiate
8/14/2014 Dagobert – Quebec City, QC
8/15/2014 Les Founfounes Electriques Montreal, QC
8/16/2014 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
8/17/2014 Salle Nikitoutagan – Jonquiere, QC
8/18/2014 Rock Café – Trois-Rivieres, QC
8/19/2014 Le Magog – Sherbrooke, QC
8/20/2014 Babylon Nightclub – Ottawa, ON
8/23/2014 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
8/24/2014 Sapphire Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
8/25/2014 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
8/26/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
8/27/2014 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
8/28/2014 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007, FALLUJAH has since displayed a rugged work ethic, investing countless weeks on the road in North America and internationally. The band’s commitment to crafting forward thinking music has helped them build their own diehard fanbase from the ground up. The name is derived from a city in the Al Anbar province of Iraq that, at the time of the band’s formation, sustained the highest concentration of destruction and casualties on both sides of the fighting. The members of FALLUJAH have lived much of their lives in the post 9/11 world growing up with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as observing the tension between East and West and religious turmoil. The city of Fallujah represents the pinnacle of tensions, hostility and destruction that has come to define the world we live in.
The Flesh Prevails preorder packages are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
“Their space is the backdrop for a parade of awesome celestial events. Harmonized death metal riffing and fleet leads twirl around each other like planets in orbital ballet. Dexterous blasting sends comets hurtling all over the place. Stars collapse and explode within the universe of synthetics that swaddle each song. It’s a huge sonic palette that FALLUJAH uses, all harnessed perfectly by tech-death mixmaster Zack Ohren.” – Decibel
“These musicians are of an unreal caliber; every single riff is constructed with the care and precision of an artistic mastermind. It is a masterwork not unlike the greats of the Renaissance; the Sistine Chapel of progressive death metal.” – The Monolith
“A true game-changer, the way that FALLUJAH has toyed with the death metal mechanic to combine it with unbridled emption and depth is nothing short of breath taking.” – Dead Rhetoric