Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dismemberment - Embrace the Dark

Dismemberment. I like the band because I like bands that play super frenetic doomy heavy metal. "Embrace the Dark" is the first full length release from this Ohio band. "Embrace the Dark" is set to be released on February 1, 2014 - in my opinion it makes the perfect Valentine's Day Gift!  Luke Shively, Jacob Shively, J.D. Henderly, and Taylor Emerine have tapped into the beating pulse of the genre. It's nothing new or groundbreaking, but "Embrace the Dark" is a solid album. It's hard to believe that these guys are unsigned! They have the chops and the sound that will take them far in the metal world.

Listening to 'Archaic Wisdom' I'm struck by the technicallity of the musicians. They are tight AND accurate. Not a note is out of place. The guitars put Maiden's guitar trio to shame. The overall tone of the guitars is highlighted here. Shively and Shively have mixed up a home brew in guitar playing that I predict will be the highlight of the year. You can't listen to 'Archaic Wisdom' and not go "Duuuuuuude, really?!"

'Labyrinth' is another favourite. Just the opening bass riff gets me going. The more I listen to it, the more I dig the harmony in the guitars. It's a stark contrast to the bombastic drumming. It's like oil and water trying to mix. 'Labyrinth' is fascinating to listen to. It's a track that will be played over and over and over again. There is an elegant beauty to the composition, it's culminated at 3 minutes by the guitar solo.

'Anathema' is another homage to Slayer. "Embrace the Dark" has quite a few of these. Dismemberment seems to take the concepts and riffs of Slayer and then push them to eleven. 'Anathema' is a nice chunky, evil, dark tune. Luke Shively has shades of Carl McCoy. Shively is deliciously wicked!

OK - and for the last time, I promise; the guitar work of Shively and Shively.... best guitar duo ever!!! 'Monolithic Impurity' = guitar heaven.

Everything about "Embrace the Dark" works. It's the best forty-minutes you'll spend of your life. When the album drops in February, Dismemberment is a buy! A definite buy for people who love their metal heavy. A buy for people who love top notch guitar work. A buy for people who love music! Check them out! Tell your friends!

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