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Review: Dysperium - Dysperium

Label: Frostscald Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 48:53
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

With the info I could get off their Myspace page, this is an American duo and I presume this is their debut album. Very dark cover art and nature pictures give you a direct hint concerning their musical direction. Besides, a two musicians act is not something you see in all type of underground music either.

The general flavor here is black metal, although they have included many other influences as well. For one, there are no such things as blast beats on this release. Instead, they opted for a moderate tempo, and the pace is even slower in some instances. This coupled with crunchiness in the riffing ads up to a nice doom metal edge. Then you have the vocals; on one side, the harsher/screamed type of rasps and on the other, the clean/epic vocals with some chant and spoken words. I personally prefer the latter as the forced/screamed ones are somewhat overdone. To complete the scenery in beauty, they have included epic leads and acoustic/classical guitar tones. In fact, Dysperium used an acoustic-electric guitar in quite a few places. The classical guitar was mostly used during the short instrumentals, tracks #1, 5 and the closer. Those incidentally happen to be my favorite compositions. As for the bulk of this album, it is not too bad at all. Maybe I don't sound too enthusiastic, but I feel this music could have been better. In general, it lacks spice and flavor here and there. Maybe by using the organic sound of a purely acoustic instrument and having a touch of keyboards and perhaps some traditional instruments etc... a better result would have ensued.

Those are the reasons making me think this is their debut, so maybe we'll hear something more mature in the future from Dysperium.

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