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DIM MAK
DIM MAK
Intercepting Fist
(Mighty Music)
43:29min

Three ex - RIPPING CORPSE members resurfaces (long later after Erik Rutan by the way) in that combo and I'm forced to say that there's not much in common with that old underground band. Now some people might object that I'm not the right person to review Death Metal albums because most of the time I'm negative but I can say with enough confidence that they're wrong because just like our mentor Frank Stöver, I was around when that new style appeared on the scene, and I wonder how many remember the likes of Germany's POISON, Florida's INCUBUS, MANTAS, NECROVORE, GENOCIDE / REPULSION, DECAPITATION and so on... plain and simple. It was a time when bands were making sure that each song were distinguishable from each other and it wasn't all about cheesy mindless cheap growling. Obviously those guys have forgot those days because back then RIPPING CORPSE were good enough to come up with enjoyable - but still not so great - stuff, some DIM MAK just doesn't deliver. What you get here is mostly generic riffing that is not helped by a not so good production (done incidentally by their old partner, Erik Rutan) as the guitars just don't cut it and everything sounds somewhat like a blur, weak tunes with on top of this (certainly the most damaging factor for that record), utterly crappy Death Metal vocals with a somewhat Hardcore edge at times. While I can't give a single credit to that material, it's still clear that guitarist Shaune Kelly is talented enough (just like Erik Rutan) to come up with first class riffs when he wants to, best examples can be found in 'Phoenix Eye Fist', 'Den Of The Avalanche Dragon' or 'Climbing Knife Mountain' (great opening riff). Hard to say if they sound more like one band than another one since to me it's just total blur but certainly not worse than IMMOLATION and the likes... quantity over quality once again unfortunately.

Laurent Ramadier

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