Friday, December 2, 2011

Dirge/Elysian Magnetic Fields/Division Records/2011 CD Review


  Dirge  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  sludge  metal  mixed  with  post  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Elysian  Magnetic  Fields"  which  was  released  by  Division  Records.

  Drums  are  all  slow  playing  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  programming  and  samples  bring  a  very  dark  avant  garde  edge  to  the  music  with  some  church  organs and  keyboards  being  utilized  on  one  song,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  are  slow  slow  heavy  doom/sludge/metal  riffs  mixed  in  with  alot  of  distortion  effects,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic,  droned  out  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  for  the  accoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  to  add an  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  clean  singing  vocals  mixed  in  with  some  growls  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  devasation,  grief,  lost  and  death,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Dirge  are  a  very  good  atmospheric  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsidian"  "Elysian Magnetic  Fields"  and  "Falling".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

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