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Review: Disma - The Lost Vault of Chaos
The Lost Vault of Chaos

Label: Necroharmonic Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 73:14
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 6, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Lost Vault of Chaos

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

US Death Metal horde, Disma, formed in 2005, has become known for its unforgiving, ultra-brutal and downright heavy Death Metal. The core of Disma is basically Craig Pillard on guitar and vocals, and Bill Venner, who both previously shared one common interest: legendary Death Metal troops, Incantation. Craig was a member of Incantation between 1990 and 1994, and Bill for just one year, playing live with the band back in 1990.

Currently, Disma are writing material for their second full-length studio album, which most probably will see the light of day during 2017. In the meantime, you can always sink your teeth into Disma's earlier stuff and especially this nice and well put together compilation, released as a joint venture between Necroharmonic Productions and Doomentia Records. The Lost Vault of Chaos features all Disma's non-album stuff to date, i.e. demos, split and EP tracks as well as four live tracks recorded on the Soma Degenerate radio show WNYU in New York on September 12th 2009. If you have missed the band's early work, here's your chance to get them all in one single package. I can only imagine Disma's debut three-track 2009 demo, titled The Vault of Membros, is pretty hard to come by these days; or their split 7" with Winterwolf for example.

If you weren't familiar with Disma before and love the down-tuned, old school Death Metal sound of the old days à la Demigod (the demo days), Demilich, Incantation, Nihilist (Swe), Carnage (Swe), Autopsy's Mental Funeral-era and such, it's very easy – in fact, almost too easy – to recommend Disma for your cultivated taste in the old-school Death Metal sound. I found Disma's early works surprisingly appealing as their early brutalities reminded me of the past tape-trading times; those days when many of us underground extreme Metal fans went berserk for basically everything rotten reeking, filthy sounds of Death Metal. A common recipe amongst us was in a tiny nutshell: the heavier and more brutal, the better. Disma's got all that, sounding totally ripping and ominous.

The Lost Vault of Chaos rips like a shredding corpse on strong steroids. In other words, if the heavier side of old school underground Death Metal is your thing, invest your hard-earned pennies right here. You won't regret it!

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