Dragged Into Sunlight
WidowMaker


2.5
average

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
November 28th, 2012 | 25 replies | 1,271 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slothy feculence.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I'm not sure what Dragged Into Sunlight really attempted to pull with WidowMaker. The idea that this was an entirely natural evolution is a bit beyond belief, with such a sloughing off of substance. The foursome's collective attitude doesn't really showcase a heartfelt need for change either. Their "hate and rape everything" dogma, furnished by their black band T-shirts, single-letter pseudonyms and omnipresent balaclavas, makes it difficult to differentiate them from terrorists, quite frankly. I have no doubt that this abrupt turn of style was nothing but a overwrought attempt at a "*** you" to everyone's expectations.

WidowMaker was a record I long awaited to come over the horizon. DIS' debut, Hatred For Mankind was so mind-numbingly filthy I felt dirty just purchasing it for the sadistic KKK-meets-Satan-possessing-a-goat artwork alone (Is that the Leviathan logo?). The tracks stretched on for what seemed like an eternity in purgatory, unable to see or breathe in the pitch black and smoke while Gollum-esque creatures smashed at your body with chunks of uncooled brimstone.

Now there's violin.

And I'm pretty sure that's piano.

Which is all fine and good if you're playing navelgazing Alcest moan-metal, but what's with this 15 minutes of meandering where there used to be unadulterated savagery? And it's the longest of three tracks which are simply Roman numerals instead of "Volcanic Birth" or "Lashed To the Grinder and Stoned To Death"? Thought-provoking metal is all well and good, but it requires some, you know…thought, as with the clean choral chants on Hatred For Mankind's "I, Aurora" or the twinkly percussion on "Totem of Skulls". Not just the idea that a Burton-y dirge and someone rubbing themselves on the violin from Titanic is the new hate. Other than the unnecessary length the descriptively titled "I"'s issue is that it has no business spearheading "II" and "III". It's solemn and moody (nowhere near as dark as the claims), best used as an Agalloch interlude, not the creepy and seething buildup which seems to be the intent. "III" even adds more stylistic schizophrenia, randomly dropping into an airy skramz form and back out again.

The problem's in the potential. WidowMaker is so stripped-down as to have lost any sense of forbidding. Speaking of Gollum, it's like the difference between Fellowship eerie silhouette of "the creature Gollum" and the pitiful leashed thing in Two Towers. All the murk of Dragged Into Sunlight has been peeled off, dried out and turned into that post-boring odyssey of a first track, taking away their music's own little balaclava and leaving it bare and badly burnt. When WidowMaker gets around to the sludge tracks "II" and "III" they seem oddly naked, like throwing vegetables in a bowl of hot water and calling it soup. Too much is chunky but not smeared enough, lacking in any sort of motion or speed that leaves the sustained chords coated in swampy reverb and directionless. DIS is still angry and heavy as lead, but there's no sense of ferocity anymore, no explosive bursts of blast beats -- just slothy feculence.

There's points aiming towards decent sludge here, but not a lot amounting to making DIS stand out. Past comparisons to their debut, WidowMaker is still a mass of buzz-choked riffs that is a perfectly passable sort of Satanic muck. There's definitely some neck-snapping moments in the center segment of "II," and hell "III" drops the low end like its Sunn O))). But the overall oppressive weight is absent, however, and the voice recordings are reduced almost to underlying tape noise. And when a band with an excellent starting point devolves with a "passable" style change that I can't really make myself pay that great attention to? Plus disconnected sections that allude to a serious identity crisis rather than a tightly-reined evolution? That seems the start of a downward spiral.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThyCrossAwaits
November 28th 2012



3046 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yup.

Funeralopolis
November 28th 2012



11034 Comments


agreed

Digging: Deftones - White Pony

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your codings back to front man,

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this review turns mine on it's head. Well written - pos coming your way.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012



7321 Comments


Great write-up. You've got a point. II and III are good sludge metal tracks though. The LP's strange for the sake of being strange.

Digging: Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings

foxblood
November 28th 2012



6797 Comments


good review, still haven't listened to this just because i love their first album so much and don't
want to be disappointed

Evreaia
November 28th 2012



3955 Comments


Good written, but I just disagree.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

mindleviticus
November 28th 2012



8171 Comments


This is terribly disappointing

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At least their debut will recieve a little more attention now lol

GiaNXGX
November 28th 2012



4867 Comments


Great review, I've heard great things about Dragged Into Sunlight but have never check'd em.. hmmm.... I'm ready for satan so I will....

ShadowRemains
November 28th 2012



20253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is meh at best

foxblood
November 28th 2012



6797 Comments


track list makes me think of krallice lol

Wizard
November 28th 2012



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I'm not sure what Dragged Into Sunlight really attempted to pull with WidowMaker.

Thank you, now lower the rating!

this is meh at best

Than why do you have this rated poor? Meh is 2.5, don't you know Sputnik rating means something in this world?

Listened to this two days ago again and decided to drop my rating. Sucks balls.

Digging: Cloak of Altering - Plague Beasts

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2012



6942 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listened to this two days ago again and decided to drop my rating. Sucks balls.

Rough Wiz, rough.



ShadowRemains
November 29th 2012



20253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Than why do you have this rated poor? Meh is 2.5, don't you know Sputnik rating means something in this world?


don't even

JF Williams
November 29th 2012



51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this album a lot, but great review nonetheless. Pos'd

Wizard
November 29th 2012



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

don't even

Don't even what? You have to really mean it when you rate something or else.

Amebix
October 3rd 2013



240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is one of the best metal cds in history, it even gets high appreciation on non metal sites, maybe it is just too much for small minded people...

mindleviticus
October 3rd 2013



8171 Comments


Have you heard Hatred For Mankind?

Wizard
October 3rd 2013



19244 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

this is one of the best metal cds in history, it even gets high appreciation on non metal sites, maybe it is just too much for small minded people...

HAHAHAHA don't even get me started up.



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