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.