Disma – Towards the Megalith
I wouldn’t really consider myself to be a huge death metal fan, typically, when it comes to metal, I prefer the Stoner/Doom/Black Metal sound. However, recent albums by bands such as Witchchrist and Vastum have really opened my ears up to the just what death metal can be…and we can now at Disma to that list.
Considering “Towards the Megalith” was selected as one of Decibel’s “Top 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2011,” as well as the fact that the band features former members of Incantation, Assuck and Citizens Arrest, the band had some pretty expectations laid on them and thankfully, they don’t disappoint. This is a classic “old school” death metal album that is full of blistering riffs, blast beats and guttural, growling vocals; however, there is something more to it. The songs fall into a slower, dirge like pace for much of the album, however, they do break into faster, trashy passages at times. While the riffs are a bit repetitive, they never bore and they keep the songs flowing along.
Overall the songwriting is excellent and the musicianship of these seasoned artists really shines through. The songs never feel like boring or repetitive. The production is clean and crisp but the album isn’t overproduced and they manage to keep a “lo-fi” quality that is expected in the genre.
This is one really heavy album, one that crushes without overdoing it.
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