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Embrace The Dark
February 2014
Released: 2014, Self-released/independent
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Two years after the release of their Denied Salvataion EP, Ohio's DISMEMBERMENT have now unleashed their first full length album Embrace The Dark, a collection of songs which summarizes the sound of their earlier, shorter releases while at the same time demonstrating how the band's approach to their music has evolved. The production allows guitars to take center stage this time and the band made sure to cram these songs with as many guitar riffs as possible. It should be noted that the album was mixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust fame. The band's sound coupled with the raspy vocals reminded me of Carcass on many occasions, and I think I even found some familiar riffs here and there. Still, the record is an enjoyable one.

Kicking the album off is "Confess Your Flesh", with its Thrash Metal-influenced guitar riffs and a ferocious drum performance; it sounds like an updated version of what Carcass did on their Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious record, incorporating guitar melodies within a Grindcore template. The Carcass influence can also be heard in "Labyrinth", which kicks off with a bass guitar intro that leads to a section that reminded me of the song "Incarnated Solvent Abuse". What brings variation is the Thrash Metal sections that the band includes on many of the songs."Eye of the Keeper" is one song where the Thrash Metal influences take over for while. Speaking of which, the song "Sacrifice Reality" starts off with a guitar riff that reminded an awful lot of Slayer's "Live Undead", though it later changes into Black Metal -meets- Death Metal mode. The slow track "Anathema", also has a sort of Slayer flavor to its guitar riffs, which reminded me of some of the stuff on South of Heaven and Seasons in the Abyss. As the song progresses, it picks up speed as the band integrate some Black Metal sounding sections. "Monolithic Impurity" includes some Progressive Rock style guitar riffs at the beginning, eventually adding blast beats and tremolo riffs to the preceding. The vocal performance on this song is also quite effective, which give the song an epic feel.

Though sometimes DISMEMBERMENT wear their influences on their sleeves, this did not detract from the fact that the songs on Embrace The Dark show a band that has the ability to compose very good songs that include influences from many Rock and Metal genres. The songs are packed with guitar riffs and solos that are very impressive, and the band keeps things interesting, even when there is one or two things subtly borrowed from other sources. It seems that with this release, it is obvious that this is one band who are aspiring to evolve and not be stuck playing the same style over and over.

Review by Titus Isaac
Track Listing

1. Confess Your Flesh
2. Eye of the Keeper
3. Archaic Wisdom
4. Labyrinth
5. Sacrifice Reality
6. Aurora of Obscurity
7. Anathema
8. Monolithic Impurity
9. Born to Consume


J.D. Henderly - Bass, Vocals
Taylor Emerine - Drums
Jacob Shively - Guitars
Luke Shively - Guitars,Vocals

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