NEAR DEATH CONDITION - The Disembodied - In Spiritual Spheres
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Unique Leader Records
YEAR: March 15th, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Unique Leader Records
The music on The Disembodied - In Spiritual Spheres is death metal inspired by early Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal. It's obvious that the Swiss three-piece idolize the two bands and the trio does little to hide that. However that isn't a problem.
The threesome adds its own traits to the music, but the Morbid Angel-like riffs are difficult to ignore. The songs are overall diverse. There's a nice change between the fast, the moderate and the slow. However the pace is mostly fast. I like that as it retain the strength and drive of the music. There are many good riffs and parts as well. That of course is also what makes the music exciting.
Another thing I like is the solos. The solos add a lot to the core and feeling of the music. A couple of choir samples are used on "Trinity" and "In Spiritual Spheres". It works well and adds to the dark and disturbing feel that the music has.
The vocals are in the vein of Hate Eternal vocalist Erik Rutan. The growls are varied and fit the music just right. The band has no drummer. Instead the trio uses a drum-machine, but that's actually not easy to hear. So it's nothing that makes up a problem.
The production is thick and juicy. It fits the music well and I like that nothing tend to vanish among each other.
The Disembodied - In Spiritual Spheres may be a standard death metal CD in many ways, but that doesn't make it less good. It's a well-written and well-balanced effort that in spite of the clear links to the music of Morbid Angel is better than most death metal CD's put out today.