I’ve recently developed a somewhat of an irrational fear of missing out. Mainly because this year has been paved with stellar releases by bands that I never crossed paths with, regardless of them being newer or older ones. At the same time, there’s been a plethora of albums that I’ve anticipated greatly, only to be utterly disappointed by them. Canceling those obviously redundant frights of mine, I of course know that if something is good enough, it will find its way to my eardrums eventually. And there is a brighter side to that notion as well; it’s easier to get merrily blown away by something you weren’t aware of, as great expectations saturated with excitement have the tendency to end up unmet and unsatisfied. The newest album from the Polish blackened post-hardcore band Fleshworld is one of those grim and strange, unknown beasts that devoured me whole after its release, unexpectedly and without prior knowledge of their existence.
All in all, The Essence Has Changed, but the Details Remain is a complex, surprising, and extremely compelling album that has a lot to give. Fleshworld utilize a set of familiar tools in order to create something rather unusual in their own way, developing an album that can’t be recommended for the faint of heart, as the emotional punch it packs can be too much to bear for some. The band spotlights their own vulnerability in a refreshing way that the listener can profoundly identify with. While the step they took between albums is more of a lengthy leap, if you liked anything they cherished you with in the past, you will definitely find yourself obsessing over this endlessly.