July 7, 2015

Album Review: Flesh – Skin

Flesh-SkinFormed in 2012, Flesh is the French electro duo consisting of Antoine Lauzel (programming and vocals) and Thomas Szodrak (live drums). They have released their first album Skin on Audiotrauma CD and Bandcamp digital download.

Flesh have set out to create music that is electric, exhilarating and resonates with a brutal atmosphere, they cite their influences to be The Prodigy, Justice, and The Bloody Beetroots. The duo have collaborated with The Horrorist, Da Octopusss and Al Ferox on the label Dancefloor Killers. On stage Flesh use an acoustic drum sound mixed with rough synth driven sonic waves creating a powerful sound.

Skin opens with “Black Walk” presenting a gritty atmospheric electronic music that pulses with energy from the use of live drums. A dark electro style, that is prevalent on the entire album, is found on “The Light” while a retro techno synth squelch drives “Drummer.”

From “00h00” through “Skin” we get a blend of pure power house electro beats and rich synth ambiance. Harsh vocals and electronic darkness hit you on “I Wanna See You Bleed.” The well crafted “Hotter Than Hell” is an excellent track that combines an EBM and industrial soundscapes with an original vocal style that The Horrorist brings to the track.

Overall Skin is a very good debut electro album and it should provide a solid starting point for Flesh.