DIM MAK - The Emergence of Reptilian Altars
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Hammerheart Records
YEAR: November 8th, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Hammerheart Records
The Emergence of Reptilian Altars is the latest CD by the Red Bank, New Jersey located four-piece Dim Mak. The music is death metal, but of the more unconventional and technical kind. There are bits and pieces of Hate Eternal, Death and Atheist in the song-writing, but the band definitely has its own divergent sound and style.
The song-writing is excellent. The music is diverse and coherent. It's obvious that the four-piece has a lot of routine. The music has just the right mix of the brutal, the moderate and the intriguing. There are lots of catchy riffs and parts to make it exciting. And what I also like is the upbeat melody that the songs often have.
Another asset is the many changes in pace as well as the groovy bits and pieces that occurs now and then. And as if that wasn't enough there are some great solos on most of the songs. All combined it makes a very powerful blend, like for instance on "The Sounds of Carnage" or "The Secret of the Tides of Blood".
John Longstreth does a great job on the drums. His playing is riveting and to some degree also a bit more interesting than on Origin's last two CD's. The fact that Dim Mak's music is more digestible and riff-driven than Origin's allows Longstreth to prove what he really can do on the drums.
Joe Capizzi's vocal fit the music spot on. It's not the typical death metal vocal. It's raspy, but easy to understand. The production is thick and juicy. The Emergence of Reptilian Altars is a well-rounded effort. It has all the things that make a great death metal CD, so go get it if you like diverse death metal.