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Swedish metal trio Defleshed are somewhat of an unknown quantity in the U.S., but RECLAIM THE BEAT seeks to raise the awareness of this pummeling powerhouse. The 12-track offering conjures up some meat and potatoes, no frills extreme metal bursting with hearty chunks of thrash metal’s speed and precision and death metal’s ominous overtones. Songs like the relentless “Chain Reaction” and the supercharged cover of Motley Crue’s “Red Hot” cry out for pumping your fists and banging your head with gleeful abandonment, while the crushing evilness of “Under Destruction” will leave you gasping for air. If you’re looking for something wicked yet refreshing, RECLAIM THE BEAT is an album that will satisfy.
- Mike SOS