Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Dismemberment-Embrace the Dark

So this year we saw the release of Rivers of Nihil's stunning The Conscious Seed of Light, so what death metal debut album should fans prepare for for 2014? The answer is simple, Dismemberments Embrace the
After two powerful EP's these guys have finally got together an albums worth of material and by Thor is it good. See, Embrace the Dark is essentially an old school death metal record with modern sensibilities, the influence of Carcass and Death is very clear but at the same time their is a certain polish to the music that suggests it could have only come out in 2013.

It is perhaps most important to acknowledge that Dismemberment can really riff, and do it in their own style. The tracks are made spicier from this, the hectic and take no prisoners approach found on songs like Anathema is rippling with energy. These guys know how to write solid death metal tunes through and through and the attack never lets up. This is part of what makes Embrace the Dark so good, there really isn't a bad track on the album, it just rips through the entire record. My one complaint is that in some places I feel like the band could be louder and more bass driven, it might increase the general heaviness and get more heads banging, yet this is a minor malaise in view of the general magnificence of the record.

When all is said and done, Dismemberment could be like the Carcass for a new generation. They know how to write stunning and beautiful heavy music that does not shirk from raw brutality. Sure things could get heavier but as is, Embrace the Dark will blow you away with the darkness and emotion found throughout. Expertly composed and a joy to listen too I am excited to hear what this band will come up with next. As I said before, I think I am justified in saying this is one of the most anticipated death metal debuts of 2013, and let's just say, it definitely lives up to the hype.

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