Reviewed: July 2005
Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Disbelief was founded by Karsten and Olly in the beginning of the 90’s, a lot of members have come and gone as well as a lot of demo recordings during the first years. Their debut didn’t come until 1997 when their selftitled album was unleashed. The year after came their next effort INFECTED. Early 2000 the guitar player Tommy left and he was replaced by Jan-Dirk, right before the release of “Worst enemy” 01 they switched to their current label and in 2002 came SHINE 2003 came SPREADING THE RAGE and now in 05 came 66SICK.
Disbelief started to work on their new album right after they left the Pro-Pain tour during 2004 and when material was available they traveled over to Denmark and the city of Aarhus in order to work with the now very famous producer Tue Madsen in his Antfarm Studios. Usually the band uses Andy Classen as producer and his Stage One Studios, bass player Joe says this about the change of studio “Due to the very fact that we went to Denmark to cooperate with a new producer with a whole new approach we hoped to get a new inspiring effect. And fortunately this was exactly what happened”. Joe also says this about the band “The band was bursting with spirit and energy and had all songs ready up to schedule”.
I’d say that Disbelief’s music is a combination of ordinary hardcore and death metal, it’s just as simple as that, it doesn’t need to be wrapped up in fancy labels. And by some strange reason they have squeezed in calmer parts through some songs and then the best description of the music will be melodic death metal/sad, gloomy grinding metal. And I think it’s a pity that the band have done that because all of their aggression are totally ruined by those parts. To make it even more difficult for me to like this have the lead singer varied his vocals between death/ordinary/aggressive song and all of that just gives me a headache. His vocals works best in the more aggressive parts and he should stick to only sing in that way.
It feels like this band wants too do too much at the same time and that makes almost everything fall flat to the ground. Even though Disbelief aren’t one of the best bands I’ve heard I find their music pretty charming anyway and I think that if they stop confusing the listeners with all these different changes I think it all should sound a little better.
The album has 12 tracks and that also includes one intro. I’ve listened to the promo quite a lot of times and it doesn’t give me an aha-experience but for people that’s into this kind of music I think the album is appealing.
The first limited edition is delivered with a different cover and four bonus tracks where they interpret Scorpions, Accept, Slayer and Iron Maiden.
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