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Review: Disinter - Demonic Portraiture
Demonic Portraiture

Label: Morbid Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 73:22
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 10, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Demonic Portraiture

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

I've heard about this band quite a few times but never had the chance to hear their material before. Disinter plays in a style of American Death metal that I like - bass not overdone, vocals with an edge to them rather than very deep growls. While this is overall a very good release, there isn't much that caught my attention, except for occasional short spoken parts at the beginning or the end of some songs, and some interesting riffs here and there - even bringing some short melodic parts to some songs. The album is pretty much all fast-paced stuff with the occasional -and almost mandatory in the genre- slowdowns - actually those slower parts are what breaks what could otherwise be seen as a little bit monotonous (to be fair though, I find most DM albums to be on the monotonous side.) Don't get me wrong here, this is some pretty good stuff, above average Death Metal album that fans of American DM should dig. I just didn't find anything to surprise me in it.

Now I need to bitch a little. The 11th track is about 35 minutes long. Most of it is silence. What the hell is this doing on a CD? If I want to listen to silence, I'll just leave the stereo turned off! I wish bands would stop doing this kind of crap, it's becoming a real plague. If you need only one reason to miss vinyl LPs, this is a very good one - they can't pull that kind of stunt with those (a good example is Usurper's Necronemesis vinyl vs. CD release - I got the vinyl to avoid the long filler at the end.)

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