Review: Dismemberment – Embrace The Dark

Location: Laurelville, Ohio
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Released: April 29, 2014
Format Reviewed: MP3 (160 kbps)
Feature: Local Waters – Recent Releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

Still being relatively new to the Ohio metal community, there’s a myriad of bands that I have yet to explore and review. Dismemberment’s third release marks the first of hopefully many local reviews on this site, and I’d say this is a solid way to inaugurate this feature.

In a nutshell, this compares favorably to the latest Goatwhore release and reminds me of the Swedish deathrash outfit Maze Of Torment. There isn’t a “weak” song on this nine-track effort, and some of them particularly stand out. “Anathema,” which bears no resemblance to the band of the same name, is among the best. “Archaic Wisdom” has the most variety in its parts and also makes for a standout track, and “Labyrinth” is what “Hatredy” by Dethklok would sound like if it took on a thrash metal feel.

What I really like is how the album starts; the first two tracks, “Confess Your Flesh” and “Eye Of The Keepr,” combine for five minutes of grooving thrash goodness. This grabs the listener right away and the rest of the album, for the most part, holds up nicely. If any criticism can be made, the album loses some of its punch in the second half, as it doesn’t produce the riffing variety of the first. In any case, there’s a lot of solid material and, as an added bonus, it translates well in a live setting.

Overall: A solid effort with some progression in their songwriting.

Rating: 3.5*

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