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DISSECT

DISSECT
Swallow Swouming Mass
(Xtreem Music)
147:45min

Dutch Death Metal nowadays seems to be the next "target" of labels eager to reissue whatever is old or overlooked enough to be thrown on an overcrowded market which still appreciates yet another sonic journey back in time. Got no problem with that but DISSECT‘s only album “Swallow Swouming Mass” (originally released on Cyber Music in 1993) for me personally is one of these somewhat questionable cases as it pales quickly in direct comparison to the classic GOREFEST, ASPHYX, SINISTER albums yet certainly marks one of the most brutal efforts back from the 90s Dutch scene. With its dark growls, violent riffing, occasional doomy melodies DISSECT could have emerged from Finnland, too, and fortunately “Presage To The Eternity” (Demo '92) and “Growls Of Death” (Demo '91) cover many of the album tracks as well and profit from a rawer, more crushing sound making me enjoy them way more than the actual album and for this reason picking up this 2 CD reissue which comes along with a great new cover art, an extensive 16-pages booklet full of band pictures, liner notes, lyrics, demo covers, flyers plus remastered sound might not be a wrong decision for Death Metal die-hards. Further bonuses on this comprehensive platter are the very rough Live Demo ‘91 and the band’s final life sign – so far, they are active again since 2012 – the horrible “Fragments” demo from ’97 which saw DISSECT venture into technical Death / Thrash territory and while being solid musically and sound-wise, the half-sung, half-bellowed vocals suck major ass, to be quite frank. The album and demos will be released on separate vinyls, too, so if you already own the original album, going for the demo LP might be a smart move. Overall, this opus still feels less mandatory as Xtreem Music’s FUNEBRE, DEMIGOD, DISGRACE, MORPHEUS DESCENDS or ROTTREVORE reissues, but that’s a decision you have to make for yourself, so ignore my lack of excitement and judge from listening to one of the remastered tracks off “Swallow Swouming Mass” here. It certainly will NOT cause “Spontaneous Diarhoea”! More info at www.facebook.com/pages/dissect/101381543251627, www.xtreemmusic.com

Stefan Franke


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