Dissolution - Dirt Skies review




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7.0

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8.50
Band: Dissolution
Album: Dirt Skies
Release date: 2011


01. Bloodlust
02. Anesthesia Awareness
03. Frozen Prey
04. Undead Cybernetic Life
05. Incorpreality
06. Dirt Skies
07. Buried Alive
08. Eternal Death
09. Disinclined Savior
10. Emperor Of Extinction
11. Years Of Pain
12. Forgotten Fiend


This album is all over the death metal boards. There's some melodeath, a little tech-death, and a large amount of the bulldozing-through-occupied-nursing-homes-type, straight death metal. But the one thing Dirt Skies is through and through is an album that lives up to its damn title. It's dirty.

Thing is, not really in good way. I mean, there's murky production and then there's bad production. This will occasionally lean toward the latter, but mostly it's the shitty side that it rolls around in. It's too stripped-down and dull-sounding. Gives me that thick-palm feeling I get when I go into a bathroom then come out having not washed my hands and it reminds me of Pig Pen from the Peanuts cartoons. And what a sad fuck that character is. No water-source in a home with children? That's not funny. What if he got polio and choked to death in his vomit. Pretty sure polio was still a thing back when Charles Schultz was in his prime. And don't the kids in that cartoon live in the suburbs? The fuck is going on.

Luckily, Dissolution have some serious chops. The riffing here, in particular, is something to really tip your hat at. Songs trundle along seamlessly, shatter into techy passages, then melt back into trundle-mode smoothly. Makes for some damn fine listening. The vocals are good too. Generic, but performed really well.

This is a would-be great album that was brought down by a failed approach at making the album sound extra-raw. It's dirty, fuck yes, but not really in a good way. Definitely worth a check-out, but these guys need some engineering help to become a drop everything band.


 



Written on 12.10.2011 by Wormdrink's real name is George and he's an American.


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Comments: 6   Visited by: 86 users
13.10.2011 - 00:37
ScreamingSteelUS
Editor-in-Chief
The second paragraph makes this review perfect. I am now convinced that I must look into Dissolution. The artwork is also rather interesting; I like it a lot.
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Djently down the stream

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13.10.2011 - 01:52
Mattybu
I'll probably check this one out, sounds like one of those bands with a good debut that might really nail it in future efforts.
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13.10.2011 - 05:03
damnthecursed
Thanks much for the review! I'm sorry to hear you disliked the production, but we did the best we could with some cheap equipment and a dingy basement! We'll try harder next time, I promise
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13.10.2011 - 06:03
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by damnthecursed on 13.10.2011 at 05:03
we did the best we could with some cheap equipment and a dingy basement!

I say keep the cheap equipment and keep recording in that dingy basement.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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13.10.2011 - 07:35
wormdrink414
Written by damnthecursed on 13.10.2011 at 05:03

but we did the best we could with some cheap equipment and a dingy basement! We'll try harder next time, I promise

Sounds like the sound was based on the equipment you had available. That's totally understandable, wasn't a matter of effort. I just jumped to the conclusion that you guys were using high-tech shit but going for an old tape feel.
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13.10.2011 - 17:52
damnthecursed
Written by wormdrink414 on 13.10.2011 at 07:35

you guys were using high-tech shit but going for an old tape feel.

Actually the opposite! We were trying to get a high-tech sound with minimal equipment. Thanks again for the review!
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