|Review: Dead Shape Figure - The Disease of St. Vitus|
|The Disease of St. Vitus|
Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
for:The Disease of St. Vitus
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
This is an abrasive thrash effort that has some melodic influences present as well. The vibe created is a modern one that doesn't throw back as much to classic eighties thrash as it does some more recent efforts.
It has a very angry mindset that is common to what you'll hear from modern thrash bands and intersperses moments of melody for respite to the aggressiveness. The result is a pleasant surprise that has enough intensity to captivate. There really is a death metal feel to the proceedings here as well, as bands like At the Gates stick out as a comparison point to some extent. Regardless, Dead Shape Figure is able to craft out their own style effectively. The last song "Cities of the Plain" emits a crafty Slayer-like riff that shows they are able to vary their style even more. "Idiopolis" is another highlight. Everything coalesces into a very solid thrash album that has many great rhythms. This could become something contrived that would be made to appeal to a mainstream audience, but Dead Shape Figure maintain their integrity. The album is very classy throughout. The riffs are infectious and crunchy.
On the whole I'm very impressed with The Disease of St. Vitus and how it adds its own unique character to the thrash genre. There are equal parts aggression and melody to be found, but on the whole the band maintains a fierce standpoint throughout the release. Every song is given its own charisma and charm. Overall, this is an excellent album.
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