Alongside bands like Dawn Of Demise, Spectral Mortuary, and Crucifix, the Aarhus-based deathers Die prove that the Danish underground scene has quite a bit to offer in terms of quality death metal. It's getting clearer that it's no longer only the well-established groups that has patent on playing potent death metal.
Musically the quintet may not differ a whole lot from the abovementioned acts, or most other Danish death metal bands as well, but I really don't see this as a problem as long as the music is of a high calibre, and it is. Like so many others, Die is influenced by the Swedish and American scene, and this can be heard. I do spot a few references to both Vomitory and Monstrosity, but it's nothing that is too apparent. The Danes succeeds to a great degree in providing the music with some identity. Of course there's hardly anything unheard in the music, but I also doubt that this was the intention. The music is controlled, and the unit never really goes for full-on brutality, but it suits their style well. Die try to keep things vibrant and diverse, and the result is quite convincing. The three songs on Relentless Pain show some serious potential.
It's nice to see that there are bands that also care about the packaging. The artwork is good, the production is good, and of course the music is also good. All about this demo is very professionally done. Nothing seems left to circumstances. Things don't become any less impressive knowing that the band has only been around since spring 2005. Fans of death metal and heavy music in general shouldn't pass on this one.