Review Summary: Fusing the intensity of death metal with the intensity of d-beat for one hell of an intense album
Disfear is a Swedish D-beat band that features Tomas Lindberg on vocals (ex vocalist of At The Gates). For those who are unfamiliar with the genre (as I was until I heard this), it is basically a mix of a lot of hardcore punk with a lot of metal to create a product that is simply loud, in your face and unrelenting.
Disfear fit that description perfectly. Live The Storm
is a 35 minute assault of heavy power chords, pounding drums and bass, layered with southern sounding leads and throat wrenching yells.
Get It Off opens up with one of said leads that quickly turns into a speakerful of organized chaos. The chords are loud, the drums are fast, the leads are squealing all over the place and the singer is shrieking over everything. But it fits together seemlessly. Every crack in the wall of sound is filled and the result is a mind boggling attack on your ears that will either leave you wanting to hear it all over just to make sense of it all.
The band also manage to do all this with a certain degree of finesse to it. The mix of power chords with “regular” chords creates the basic crushing sound but allows for many variations in the heaviness and in the amount of different sounds available. The leads also don’t always try to push themselves forward. The guitarist really picks his moments to compliment the crushing rhythms.This is done flawlessly throughout The Furnace with the lead coming in and out over the various rhythms to give the sound another dimension.
The only complaint I have with this album is the drums. It sounds like he only plays slight variations on the same beat throughout the album which is more of a gripe I have with the d-beat genre than this album in particular. The d-beat does go well with all the songs and he can play it very fast and well but it gives the songs a repetitive feel that they avoid on all the other instruments. Fortunately,the other instruments deliver enough so that the listener doesn’t have to pay attention to the drums. He can put them in the back of the mix as a backbone to the heavyness which, from the sound of it, is what i think they were meant to be.
Overall, Disfear deliver one hell of an intense ride. Live The Storm
doesn’t let up from the start of the southern tinged Get It Off until the end of the 7 minute explosion that is Phantom. The band leaves no cracks in their wall of sound and come out sounding powerful and extremely energizing. This is a must for anyone who loves intense and unrelenting music.