Disentomb
Misery


4.5
superb

Review

by thesaddestday USER (1 Reviews)
May 30th, 2016 | 22 replies


Release Date: 09/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Absolutely punishing.

On their newest record, Australia’s Disentomb have taken every idea that made 2010’s Sunken Chambers of Nephilim so good and amplified it. Their style of brutal death metal is nothing new, but the way they execute it is absolutely relentless. Their influences are obvious throughout as their often sporadic and atonal approach to the genre is reminiscent of Guttural Secrete, Condemned or Defeated Sanity.

Across ten tracks the quartet are never boring or predictable, and it’s drummer Henry Sison who manages to be the most interesting member here. His drumming is fantastic and, whilst being erratic, never feels aimless. It’s the same story with guitarist Jake Wilkes too – his guitar playing is all over the neck but the technical prowess on display is never overbearing or ostentatious like many of the band’s counterparts.

Blast-beats are a constant throughout, but when the band do slow it down, it’s a welcome change of pace. The end of Chthonic Gateways is absolutely bone-shattering, the middle of Vultures Descend is crushing, and both the intro track and Megaliths of Despair mirror the band’s doom influences, and sound like a fucked up cross between Pallbearer and Devourment.

Another wonderful aspect of Misery is the production, and although everything is tight to such a precise level, no part of the album feels superficial or processed. The pop in the snare drum is gorgeous to listen to, especially during the album’s faster moments, and the rest of the kit sounds so natural. Live drums are under-used in the 21st century, but hearing the inconsistencies in the hits of the hi-hat, or the fact that no two hits on the ride bell or the snare drum are the same simply adds to the band’s organic approach. The only criticism one can attribute to the album is that it would benefit from a guitar tone that’s less murky – a lot of the album’s faster riffs tend to get lost amongst the chaos, but it doesn’t detract too much from the experience.

Death metal fans who follow New Standard Elite’s releases should know what to expect, but it’s interesting to wonder whether, not just Disentomb, but any brutal death metal act will be able to top this record. It’s a consistent album that hardly falters and potentially may, in retrospect, be remembered in the future as one of the genre’s strongest releases.


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thesaddestday
May 30th 2016


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Vultures Descend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuXb2ic_24c

Full stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G1zupNI-tw

AsleepInTheBack
May 30th 2016


5930 Comments


Structure seems a little off, but otherwise great first review. Wish my vocabulary was this good, pos'd

Anthracks
May 30th 2016


6271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the best Disgorge worship bands, and one of my favorite album covers.



Devangelic totally stole the spotlight from these dudes in 2014, though. They just did it better.

thesaddestday
May 30th 2016


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Asleep Cheers man, gonna try and work my way through their discog, surprised nothing's been reviewed already considering they're getting massive.

@Anthracks, will check them out! Keep hearing their name mentioned.

bloc
May 30th 2016


54682 Comments


Man that is some nice art

Digging: Way Out West - Intensify

thesaddestday
May 30th 2016


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Done by Nick Keller, his stuff is fucking awesome.

http://www.nickkellerart.com/

LotusFlower
May 31st 2016


12001 Comments


how punishing are we talkin here?

Dmax28
May 31st 2016


485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw them live a month ago with Black Dahlia and Fallujah. They kick ass hard. That bass player is sick. Guitarist riffs hard.

iloveyouall
May 31st 2016


6319 Comments


decent brutal death

thesaddestday
June 1st 2016


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Dmax Sorted the UK leg of their Euro tour before that with Visceral D, so tight live.

CaimanJesus
June 17th 2016


3740 Comments


Keller's got some beauty art. Had no idea that he did the covers for beastwars

AdolfChrist
August 4th 2016


20305 Comments


well this is heavy as fuck.

Digging: Somali Yacht Club - The Sea

iloveyouall
August 4th 2016


6319 Comments


check excoriation

AdolfChrist
August 4th 2016


20305 Comments


cant do it, that snare drum might be the worst sound ive ever heard.

brainmelter
January 24th 2018


6267 Comments


oh yaaasss

Digging: Aethyrvorous - Demo

Asdfp277
January 24th 2018


19661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KWEEN

MotokoKusanagi
December 6th 2018


1737 Comments


that album art is dope

Digging: DJ Central - Li'ud

AdolfChrist
December 6th 2018


20305 Comments


one of the best BDM bands out there right now.

AdolfChrist
December 26th 2018


20305 Comments


album coming in 2019 m////

AdolfChrist
December 30th 2018


20305 Comments


Megaliths of Despair is almost like a brutal death metal ballad.



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