Dead in the Dirt
Vold


4.0
excellent

Review

by eternium USER (16 Reviews)
January 26th, 2011 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No gods, no masters, no conformity, no regrets... only chaos.

There are some places light won't reach.

Picture yourself in a darkened room. You're at a show with local hardcore bands and you've had a good time so far. But now most of the lights have been turned down while the next band sets up. That band just happens to be called Dead in the Dirt. You notice people gathering around the band and you follow suit, finding a spot directly beside the guitarist. While most bands have used simple half stacks, this one uses full stacks. A massive drum set is also apparent. Not knowing what to expect, it starts.

Suddenly a brilliant sludgy riff comes from the bearded guitarist. It is heavy, it is dark, it is loud, and it has a groove that instantaneously drags you in. The other two members (bass and drums) join and continue the instrumental song for a couple of minutes and you find yourself already lost in the music. It ends and there's a pause. There's a sudden shift. The drums kick in, playing at unbelievable speeds and mainly a mixture of d-beat and blastbeats. Your ears are being assaulted by the sheer brutality and anger that comes from the men. Both the guitar and the bass are being fueled by Boss HM-2s, the very pedal that has been used for nearly two decades to achieve the notorious "Entombed tone." The vocals are shouted with pure aggression and are pissed off at seemingly everything.

This may certainly appear to be a review of a show more than an EP but the fact is that Vold is the only release thus far from the Atlanta band. The set list and the track list are virtually the same with minor exceptions (with an announced and unnamed cover that was obviously "You Suffer" from Napalm Death at the show). As with anything crust, grindcore, and black metal inspired, the music collapses under its own chaos to create an immense atmosphere of both devastation and desperation. The main difference between listening to the EP and seeing the band was that you could witness the energy transferred to and released by the crowd. When the last song was announced and played, the moshing that was constant suddenly exploded, resulting in both microphone stands being slammed to the ground and the bassist (Bo Orr) being thrown against his amplifier cabinets.

This is a mere seven and a half minute EP, consisting of five songs, but it has great replayability and only leaves you desiring more of the anger. The band rages against religion, conformity, ignorance, regret, isolation, and even the burden of working a minimum wage job that you hate and the personal impact that it has. Easily the best lyrics are found in "Few and Far Between." A human void, you drown in your self pity. Becoming the *** you consume, you are everything I ***ing hate. People suffer, endless torture. Not alone but ***ing close. Everyday hangs another noose. Separate myself from poison.

On a side note, the main man of the band happens to be Blake Connally, who was the guitarist in Me and Him Call It Us until the band broke up. The drummer is also Hank Pratt of Foundation, another acclaimed hardcore band from Atlanta. I have no idea what Bo Orr has done in the past but his artwork on the album is awesome.



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eternium
January 26th 2011


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would it look better censored or with the dumb italics changes on a letter that people usually use?

Link to Unsilent Death won't work for some reason. Of course Skitsystem won't because of the accents.

Wizard
January 26th 2011


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fuck I need this. Really liked the build-up to the review, great read.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

eternium
January 26th 2011


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.mediafire.com/?og4lb9gk0hbp8t4

Link to download, which was provided by the band. Just so no staff thinks it's illegal downloading and whatever.

Wizard
January 27th 2011


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks buddy!

BallsToTheWall
January 27th 2011


44805 Comments


Hmmm...been jamming to Dead In The Water so might as well listen to Dead in the Dirt. What's next, Dead in the Grave, Dead in the Village, Dead in the Bed?


Good review.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

eternium
January 27th 2011


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

Band is so fucking good. Really needs more people to check them out. There's some Me and Him Call It Us fans on here so surely they'll like this.

Wizard
February 1st 2011


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this fucking slaughters.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2011


16478 Comments


Definitely gonna give this a listen later tonight, sounds so awesome. Good review man.

EvilCashew
February 3rd 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys tear shit up and it's fucking awesome.

eternium
February 4th 2011


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wonder if Crysis has listened to this yet.

Wizard
February 5th 2011


19641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will post it to our blog when I get a chance, that way he has no excuse.

LegendofPittman
February 5th 2011


2958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good review, I am pretty sure this is the band I missed at that show. I will check it out.

dylanthedesertpea
April 8th 2011


587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit this is a mean little album. i love how high the bass is in the mix. sounds downright dirty

MisterSteel
April 8th 2011


453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is intense.

foreverendeared
September 5th 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man, I am REALLY diggin this band. Heavy and catchy as fuck. These guys definitely know how to groove too.

foreverendeared
September 11th 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can you rec me similar?

Eskate87
September 20th 2011


959 Comments


heard about these guys. will get asap. review kicks ass too.

Eskate87
September 20th 2011


959 Comments


goddamn, this rules so hard. gonna be on repeat for a while. at least a 4 for me. anyone heard their new one yet?

Geist
October 12th 2011


371 Comments


I need some more anger in my life. Getting now, thanks.

Thane
January 27th 2012


2180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is soooo good. but i cant find Fear anywhere, damn (not using torrent sites)



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