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Dirty Ears Bill Absolutely gorgeous masterclass in proggy doom songwriting and instrumentation. Someone else called it pastoral, and for some reason, that's a completely fitting description by more than one of the word's definitions. Emotional and heavy like Pallbearer, old Spirit Adrift, and Khemmis at their most grandiose but very different from all of those. A top candidate for 2019's most underrated/overlooked metal album. Favorite track: Mercy.
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Goldsaftbube I did not expect that at all. When I read the tags, I was expecting slow, heavy, and heavily distorted music - the typical stuff, you know? After a few minutes I realized, that this is not at all a typical release - it is something much more beautiful, richer in atmosphere, and melancholy, than in deep, dark tunes. A beautiful record! Favorite track: Mercy.
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Mercy 22:08
Rites 06:43
Procession 06:41
Wisteria 02:14
Burial 09:54


released June 21, 2019

all songs written by flesh of the stars.
‘mercy’ outro by nick turner aka tyresta (

matt ciani: guitar, vocals, pianos & synthesizers, percussion.
nico ciani: drums.
sam corman penzel: drums, percussion.
luke dahlgren: vocals, synthesizer.
mike fox: guitar, vocals, synthesizers.
travis marmon: bass, vocals.
rachel rustemeyer: vocals.

recorded by flesh of the stars at the office in evanston, illinois, victory audio wreckers in chicago, illinois, and faith united church of christ in cincinnati, ohio.
mixed by matt ciani at victory audio wreckers in chicago, illinois.
mastered by brad boatright at audiosiege in portland, oregon.

thanks to jon massey ( for assistance with piano recording.

artwork by nico (


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Flesh of the Stars Chicago, Illinois

melancholic progressive doom & synthesizer worship from chicago, illinois.

matt ciani
nico ciani
sam corman penzel
mike fox
travis marmon

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