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DELIRIUM X TREMENS
DELIRIUM X TREMENS
Belo Dunum
(Punishment 18 Records)
41:47min

The latest effort from Italian band DELIRIUM X TREMENS is really an underrated album. "Belo Dunum", released in 2011 by Punishment 18 and Viceral Vomit Records, showcases great, may I dare say classic styled, Death Metal. After their debut album, 2007's "CreHated From No_Thing", these guys came up with a hidden gem. I am sure the 4 year span between both albums gave them more time to evolve and develop their sound. "Belo Dunum" actually sounds mature and well thought. The production is massive. I dig the guitar tone. It's thick, yet you can understand everything. Tremolo riffs paired with harmonized lines and palm muted parts are in order. The bass adds up to the heaviness and the drums are just perfect. A nice clean mix with lots of bottom end where you can listen to everything. No harsh highs or muddy lows. I would even say that the production could've been rawer, just to help the band's songs. The vocals, which mix deep growls, a medium harsh scream and high pitched shrieks, round up the "in your face" attitude. Their performance is also top notch. I can't really pinpoint their style. It has some MORBID ANGEL, some old FEAR FACTORY, some old FLEURETY and even some FINTROLL bits. But it all adds up to a extremely catchy album. Maybe it was the groove or the massive sound and atmosphere that hooked me up upon first listen. But they have crafted an epic album, that ranges from full out blast beats to heavy as hell parts to folk, classic and some electronic arrangements mixed with deep clean vocals and choirs that add a lot of variety to the music. If you can get a hold of "Belo Dunum", buy it on sight! It is one of those gems that need to be unearthed and enjoyed. An elegant Death Metal album, played loud, as it was meant to be! You will find more band information here: www.deliriumxtremens.com, www.facebook.com/pages/delirium-x-tremens/44743868531, label info at: www.punishment18records.com

Alfonso Perez

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