Gritty rock vocals and haunting strings meet with electronic twists of creativity and a rising metal soundscape, as disciple and artist Akaleshnus declares his faith throughout the fierce and poetic Flesh.
Showcasing unique vocals that ultimately elevate the entire arrangement, the strings and rhythm section also further the song’s clear identity. To begin with we’re in System of a Down territory – the passionate, theatrical delivery, the soaring guitars and contrast between delicacy and distortion. Lyrically too, contrast works its magic – the opening verse leading with darkness, violence, pain, then the chorus essentially declaring vulnerability and longing for guidance.
All in all, Flesh consistently proves itself to be an unpredictable and perhaps unorthodox ode to Faith. The creative backbone is refreshing, and at just past the three-minute-mark the track utilises every moment brilliantly; creating an ever-changing dynamic that holds attention well.
The second time you listen the sound and message is familiar, the details become more clear, and the cinematic presence and power of the whole set-up impresses all the more so. There’s also the meandering nature of the performance, this ever-changing flow from rap to a melodic, prog rock tendency, to the ferocity of metal, as the drums crash through and the true heart of the song rains down.
A really interesting and well-captured take. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to come.