Monday, December 12, 2011

Best of 2011 - Volume 13 - Disma - Towards the Megalith


From: USA
Year: 2011
Genre: Death Metal

Topping just about every end of year death metal list on the planet is Disma’s debut album, Towards the Megalith. And for good reason, they did EVERYTHING right on this album. From the analog recording, to the mix, to the music, to the atmosphere, to the awesome art work, its all death metal perfection. The band features ex-members of Incantation, Funebrarum, Assuck and Evoken, among others, including Craig Pillard, who performed vocals and guitar on Incantation’s first two albums. Overall these guys have a ridiculous amount of death and doom under their belts, so you know you’re getting the real deal here. Like I said the recording itself is sick, the extra effort to record this with analog equipment paid off in spades, the sound is raw and organic yet HEAVY and clear, the thick down-tuned guitars and fuzzed out bass help create an atmosphere that just oozes cobwebs, death and decay. I’ve never heard such a perfect balance between discernibility and dark atmospherics. Pillard’s vocals are pushed to the front of the mix but his voice matches the tone of the distortion so well that it works perfectly. At this point I’m fairly sure you know what to expect; crushing, grinding, crypt crawling doom and death. But what you won’t expect is the sheer quality of the entire package. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that these guys have set a new standard for classic death metal that most new bands will have trouble topping.
Buy it here.


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