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Review: Dhishti - Decease

Label: Salute Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 51:18
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: February 19, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.18/5 (63.64%) (11 Votes)

Raw Black Metal, so raw it makes sushi look overcooked. That's what Sri Lanka's Dhishti is serving up on their demo, Decease. Musically, Decease is awful. Droning, almost ambient, guitars cling to one or two chords like their lives depend on it. Sometimes out of tune (maybe by design?), they buzz incessantly like an annoying insect, in a thin, yet muddy production. The drums are terribly basic and there is no bass or bass drum audible throughout most of the album. Lead singer Jayakody's tortured screams are monotone and undecipherable. The songs are slow and painful.

On the other hand, with titles like "Fuck the Imperialist Bastards," it is plain that Dhishti have a historical/social story to tell. Taken as a whole, Decease can almost be viewed as a sonic metaphor for Sri Lanka's troubled history. There are some folk drums, strings and chanting that, by themselves, seem out of place. But if you take those folk parts in the intro and at the beginning of "Fuck the Imperialist Bastards" to symbolize a pre-colonial, peaceful culture, the bulk of the Black Metal screeches and droning, the colonial era, and the folky outro on "Blood of Singhale," the modern Sri Lanka, it makes a little more sense.

I don't know if my interpretation of what Dhisthi is attempting with Decease is accurate but it if is, I give the band style points. Not enough to compensate for the horrible musical performances, however. I can imagine a few people latching on this simply because no one else will, but they will be few and far between.

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