Released: 2001, Division House
Sigh. Why, oh why, do mallcore bands insist on sending CD’s to Metal
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The disc opens promisingly enough with “Destroyourself” which has a cool, catchy riff starting it off. Of course, after that riff has been repeated approximately 1689 times over the course of the song, it’s not so cool anymore. Then of course there’s Jose Barros’ vocals which are that ever so wonderful *cough cough* mixture of nasally singing and, wait for it, rapping. Believe me, it’s not just his rapping that I don’t like, he’s just got an irritating voice (kinda sounds like a 14 yr.-old throwing a temper tantrum). This totally destroys any potential that a song might have.
After the disappointment of the first song, “Feel” comes along and opens with another cool groove riff and actually had me thinking that there was still hope. I should have known better. The song quickly degenerates into a Flaccid Cookie-style crap-fest. Basically, all of The Dismal’s songs have promise, which is quickly ripped away by the band themselves (Destroyourself indeed!). Bah, I don’t have the time to keep talking about this disc.