THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD

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Di­so­mus

SPV/LONG BRANCH New-school pugilists re­turn at full throt­tle

Seven years on from the re­lease of their fourth al­bum, Skep­sis, Through The Eyes Of The Dead must feel that their time has fi­nally come. Mas­ters of the mid­point be­tween death­core and old-school death metal, the South Carolini­ans haven’t ex­actly veered from their tried-and-tested for­mula on Di­so­mus, but this is eas­ily the most com­mand­ing re­lease of their ca­reer. Much like for­mer peers Job For A Cow­boy, TTEOTD have never been re­stricted by death­core’s clichés: in­stead, that slight hint of hard­core aus­ter­ity adds ex­tra punch to songs that are far more strongly con­nected to Mor­bid An­gel and Can­ni­bal Corpse than to any post-mil­len­nial hy­brid. The bruis­ing, slow-mo­tion crush of The Bind­ing Night­mare Hex and Dis­mal’s ar­cane, doom-laden bar­rage stand out as the al­bum’s ob­vi­ous high­lights, but this is high-grade stuff through­out and a star­tling state­ment of re­newed in­tent. FOR FANS OF: CAT­TLE DE­CAP­I­TA­TION, DE­SPISED ICON, BLACK DAHLIA MUR­DER

DOM LAW­SON

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