Dead Man In Reno
Demo 2007


4.5
superb

Review

by Jewish Dickgirl USER (17 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2007 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What would you think if yet another metalcore band jumped onto the deathcore bandwagon?

Personally, when I heard DMIR was going for a more death metal sound, I was scared that their new material would be lame as hell. Luckily, that's not at all what we got. The three track demo is the perfect chunk of writing to make you hungry for more.

It seems Chris Penuel and Stu Ogran have grown quite a bit as writers; they no longer seem to throw breakdowns into their songs haphazardly, everything has more flow to it, the melodies they use are much heavier [dare I say XPUNCHGOREX] and creative. There's some wonderful sweeping sections in He Is I And I Am Him, and extremely tight breakdowns. My only complaint is that there's only one short clean section at the end of He Is I..., and that the solo in the middle of Coming To Grips With Reality is kind of boring.

Vocally, Matt Sansom has defintitely improved incredibly as a vocalist, and has grown some badass chops. His highs aren't thickly layered and distorted, and his tone is a lot better, however his highs sound a lot more strained without the layering and distortion. Luckily his growling has gotten pretty incredible. He's got a powerful, harsh tone, and keeps it varied with aggressive mid-ranged vocals and well placed screams, as well as some great layering of the three together.

The rhythm section isn't as meaty as it could be though, and the drumming is extremely tight, but unfortunately not mixed as well as it could be, but this is still just a demo.

So basically, DMIR's grown a lot, and their new album's gonna kick ass



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Neoteric
December 22nd 2007


3243 Comments


I don't think demos are allowed to be reviewed.

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


Oh shi[font=verdana]t[/font], seriously?

That's pretty lame, some of the best material out there is demo material.

rasputin
December 22nd 2007


14544 Comments


So is a lot of the worst material.

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


Regardless, music fans deserve an opinion on whether or not a demo is worth checking out.

rasputin
December 22nd 2007


14544 Comments


To be honest, I'm with robots on that point. A lot of demos are no longer or shorter than EPs, so they should be included.
However, I have listened to the self-titled from this band, and disagree with such a high rating for the demo.

BallsToTheWall
December 22nd 2007


44400 Comments


I agree with Robots and Reznor as well. I was planning on reviewing a 3 track ep today.

Digging: Carissa's Wierd - Songs About Leaving

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


They're such perfect musicians. :/

rasputin
December 22nd 2007


14544 Comments


TIME FOR A REVOLUTION

Slaytan
December 22nd 2007


1186 Comments


I recently reviewed a demo as well. I don't see why they shouldn't be reviewed...This Message Edited On 12.22.07

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


Well then, reviews should be allowed.

SynGates
December 22nd 2007


2467 Comments


I always thought they were allowed...
I'm certain they are, unless they didn't delete earlier ones and changed the rule or something, because there's a lot out there tbh.

spoon_of_grimbo
December 22nd 2007


2241 Comments


well if demo-reviewing gets banned, all those who regularly salivate over the fall of troy's ghostship demos are going to shit a collective brick. i remember that review being quite popular...

i might check this out, i quite liked their first album, where can i find this?

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


They have the songs up on their myspace, and you can get it on SLSK since it's uncopyrighted.This Message Edited On 12.22.07

LifeInABox
December 22nd 2007


3708 Comments


Sounds really lame.

blackened07
December 22nd 2007


949 Comments


Never heard of this band.

Mahavidya
December 22nd 2007


99 Comments


I don't think demos are allowed to be reviewed.
Official releases other than singles are allowed to be reviewed.

i am the robots
December 22nd 2007


1027 Comments


[quote=Hbp]
Sounds really lame.[/quote]

Listen to some 25 Ta Life bitch.

blackened07
December 22nd 2007


949 Comments


lol

i am the robots
December 23rd 2007


1027 Comments


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brandtweathers
April 29th 2008


2007 Comments


"sounds really lame"
aren't you listening to new bloc party?
hahahahahaThis Message Edited On 04.29.08



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