Dimension Zero
He Who Shall Not Bleed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
December 31st, 2007 | 20 replies | 13,389 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If At The Gates released another album tomorrow, it might sound something a bit like this...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

'The only good human, is a dead human!
...THAT IS RIGHT!'


This band does not waste a second in blasting through your speakers, no sooner than you have started listening to the record a very short clip is played, followed by a furious growl with riffs and drumming to match. Straight away, you know what to expect, and apart from a few small surprises along the way, you pretty much get exactly what you expect throughout. This is melodic death metal done right, and done with a whole lot of rage. Every song hits like a wrecking ball, and the vocals are spat out with enough venom to make you really feel them. This band seem really pissed off, and it shows in the music.

The similarities to other bands become pretty clear throughout the album, though this band is in no way a straight copy of any of them. The breakneck pace reminds me strongly of Arch Enemy and the enraged vocals and riffs reek of At the Gates, which as most should know, is not a bad thing. But among all of this are melodic, often catchy hooks thrown in (mostly through the choruses) that give the band another facet to draw the listener in. Songs like 'I Can Hear The Dark' could come straight from an early In Flames album except a lot more aggressive than anything they have put out. There is only one song in the whole album that exceeds the four minute mark, and that is a good choice, for every song would drag on too long otherwise. What Dimension Zero plays is ferocious melodic death metal that will have you banging your head in no time. The mix of sometimes melodic, sometimes savage riffs with the energetic screams and rapid drumming makes the release thoroughly enjoyable, if a bit predictable.

The aforementioned 'I Can Hear The Dark' and 'Way to Shine' provide the only really different experiences on this album, being slightly slower and more epic compared to the rest of the album, and both feature some reasonably clean vocals that wouldn't really fit in on any of the other songs. But still, the band play to their strengths well, and it's certainly nice to not be surprised constantly on an album (especially if, like me, you have been listening to maudlin of the Well and Protest the Hero a lot recently). Though the album is somewhat predictable, it isn't too repetitive, towards the latter half of the album one or two riffs do sound similar, but Dimension Zero know how to write a good melodic chorus that can change the songs dramatically, hell, 'Deny' features a beautiful melodic interlude followed by an amazing guitar solo which caught me completely off guard the first time. Why did a guitar solo surprise me so much? Well, that is because of another problem. There are simply not enough of them on this album, the one on 'Deny' was mindblowing, yet I can only recall one more instance where a guitar solo is played (which is another rather excellent one on the last track), this is a real shame because it is obvious the guitarists in this band are extremely capable of playing their instruments. You only need to listen to some of the glorious melodic leads on tracks like 'The Was' or 'A Paler Shade of White' to hear that.

The guitarists are backed up by a good, if unspectacular, vocalist. His screams are thoroughly enjoyable and match the intensity of the music perfectly. There are also a few supporting growls thrown in for good measure and they just make his high pitched scream stand out more, he also has a reasonable clean voice, which although you can see he isn't that confident with, sounds pretty good when he uses it (mostly in 'Way to Shine' where he gives off a couple of verses with his sombre, atmospheric vocals), and although it wouldn't fit in with all of the tracks, I wouldn't mind him using it more often, as there is certainly something there to work with. The drumming, although rather good, is certainly not the bands selling point. There is so much more emphasis on the riffs and vocals that you tend to completely forget about it, but it is always consistent, and actually pretty impressive at points too.

While the album is very consistent throughout, some tracks are a bit forgettable, despite still being pretty good. 'Red Dead Heat' and 'Going Deep' for example, don't really stand out at all and just blend into the album rather than improving it in any way. But on the other hand, there are a couple of stand out tracks, 'I Can Hear The Dark' has been mentioned quite a few times for a good reason, it is probably the most epic and powerful song on the whole album. Starting off with a violin (!) and some clean vocals/speech it quickly bursts into some impressive drumming and the familiar screams of the vocalist with a decent riff. The song slows down slightly for a second before returning to the first riff used but with a little bit of variation to make to sound so much better and more melodic. The chorus is simple and catchy with a simple but brilliant melodic lead throughout it. There is a lot of variation in the song, lots of different riffs and ideas and it all works thankfully, plus, if you're like me you'll be shouting out the chorus the second time you hear it!

The entire album has a very similar feel to At The Gates, yet they're more melodic but still as aggressive. You get the feeling from the start that Dimension Zero know what they are doing with this album, they know exactly what they are doing, but there are a few instances where they do experiment slightly and for this reason I cannot wait for their next album, I have a very good feeling about it.



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Crimson
December 31st 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My first draft focused a lot more on the similarities to other bands, I'm glad I cut that out.
And yes, I'm aware that I posted this an hour away from it being new year, but I'm terribly ill and can barely move.

Wizard
December 31st 2007



19336 Comments


For someone who is ill, this was a solid review. Well written and it assured me that this is going to be good. Does this come out tomorrow though? I really enjoyed This is Hell
and I'm sure they stepped it up a notch on this album. Doesn't Jesper Stromblad from In Flames play on this album? He played on This is Hell.

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Crimson
December 31st 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh? I thought it was released in September... what the hell did I buy? lol.

Wizard
December 31st 2007



19336 Comments


hahahaha I'm a retard. I didn't check when it came out on allmusic.com. It said Aug. 27th, 2007! Fuck, I didn't even realize this had come out yet and its been 4 months! My mission on Jan. 2nd, getting this album! Great review again!

Zoo
December 31st 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review, really wordy though. I have This Is Hell and thought it was pretty decent. I'll check this release out when I have the time.
[quote=the_wizard]Jesper Stromblad from In Flames play on this album?[/quote]
I would assume so. Dimension Zero is his side project.

Crimson
January 1st 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review, really wordy though
How so?
I would assume so. Dimension Zero is his side project.
Heh, no wonder the guitars sound so good then, I didn't even realize that!

Wizard
January 1st 2008



19336 Comments


Jesper comes up with some sweet melodies in In Flames but I think this is his way of escaping his more commercial band to do something a bit more consistent and brutal. If In Flames is considered commercial or not in the metal world beats the hell out of me.

i am the robots
January 1st 2008



1027 Comments


Jesper plays bass in Dimension Zero.
Glenn Ljungstrom who also used to be in In Flames used to play guitar in DZ, but he quit a few years ago.This Message Edited On 01.01.08

Wizard
January 1st 2008



19336 Comments


Thanks for the info!

BallsToTheWall
January 12th 2008



44173 Comments


Good review, i'm going to check this out.

Babyss
September 30th 2008



66 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

This album is a bunch of copy/paste riffs, pretentious misanthropy and all the other ingredients a metalcore band adopts in order to sell. Swedish scene has become the most boring and self-repeating scene ever!!! I m sick of these hundreds swedish bands playing exactly the same crap. Enough!!!

Sethcanes
May 17th 2009



45 Comments


Also their guitarrist plays bass in Dark Tranquility and their vocalist is the former drummer and vocalist of Marduk.

rasputin
May 17th 2009



14538 Comments


what the fuck

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am enjoying this quite a bit, nice aggressive album

BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2009



44173 Comments


Check out Fractal Gates.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what are they like, something similar to this?

BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2009



44173 Comments


Better. And yes.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 15th 2009



8327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well if you say that they are even better than this then I most undoubtably will love 'em, I'll check them out in the evening (just can't earlier)

MrButterfingers
July 22nd 2011



80 Comments


I hate the vocalists fucking face. Gah.

R6Rider
July 22nd 2011



4577 Comments


this band is very one-dimensional lololol

seriously though I don't think Jesper really cared about how original this band was going to be

I think he just wanted to create straight to the point melodeath, and that's ok with me

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