FEARER - Backfire
Released: October 17th, 2005 | Label: Remission | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Remission

01. Evoke
02. Backfire
03. Pain Will Come
04. Subjection
05. Various Forms of Defence
06. Eclipse of Light
07. False Prophet
08. Minority
09. Deadly Load
10. Abyss
11. Delicacy of Flesh

Holy shit, this one totally caught me by surprise. To tell the truth I've never heard of Fearer before, but according to the info sheet the band was formed by one half of disbanded German death metallers Vomiting Corpses [the other half founded Anasarca]. Funny enough the music reminds me quite a bit of Anasarca just with lots of more melody.

In other words the music is brutal old school death metal with capital letters. It's very clear that the band consist of experienced musicians. The songs are varied and skilfully writing. Not at any point does Backfire tend to get tiresome or drawn out. The fat and crusty production is another huge benefit to the songs. The sound is very powerful, but without compromising the details in the songs.

Sure there's nothing new under the sun here, but damn it works well. All the songs are in one way or the other very good, but particularly the titletrack, "Subjection", Various Forms of Defence" , "Eclipse of Light", Minority" and the closer Delicacy of Flesh" are valuable. I really like when a band sound super brutal, but still manage to sneak in some melody here and there and Fearer surely knows how to do that.

Backfire is certainly worth getting if you're looking for some potent death metal. It seriously doesn't get much better than this.

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