|Review: Dogma Inc. - Before and After|
|Before and After|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 6, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Before and After
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Dogma Inc. are difficult to categorize, mixing a solid Thrash base with some Hardcore and even a few hints of Grindcore here and there. The music itself is mostly some solid, if modern, Thrash Metal, so there's a good dose of crunchy guitar work, unfortunately often interrupted by breaks that give some passages a nu-ish, metalcore-ish aura. There isn't too much of that, fortunately, but it's quite noticeable and bound to annoy Thrash fans such as myself who are likely to go look elsewhere upon hearing this - too bad, since the "purest" Thrash parts are often pretty good, accompanied by some powerful pounding drums that give the music an extra punch that often kicks some serious ass. Lots of influences, namely a hint of mid-80s Metallica and newer Exodus can be found here and there in the sound - like it or not, the odd short passages that wink at those bands are bound to make the listener take notice. Things aren't as good in the vocals department, however. This is where the Hardcore influences are the most felt - that little annoying screamy style is something that I'll never get used to. Some vocal passages are easier to digest for metalheads, sounding a little more like newer Exodus and other "modern Thrash" bands - not great, but relatively tolerable. Before and After is bound to be more of interest to people who are quite into both metal and Hardcore - that crowd is likely to enjoy this a lot more than I did. If they eventually decide to go "all Thrash", I may stop by again.
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