Fans of Thrash, Death, and Speed metal take notice. There is a new sheriff in town, and its name is dām. These 5 players coalesce many years of metal music history into 12 (really 10 if you exclude the "Rain" and "Intermission" interludes) exceptional tunes . While this genre is not going to take the airwaves by storm, Purity will help propel dām to the forefront of this too often cloned arena. Highlights of this CD include: "Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article", "Journey into the Sun", and "No God with Me".
The rhythm section works well together although I did notice a few mistakes (guitars being out of sync with the drums). It's not the drummer, as I think the hard starts and stops intertwined with super fast 16th note driven patterns kind of mess with guitarists (regardless of how good they are). An unlimited budget may have allowed for more takes. Guitars had good metal sound, but were a tad muffled in the mix. The vocals stood out strong and were interestingly doubled, causing a very eerie and compelling (if not evil) sound. Quite cool. All the players have their instruments in order. I must add that the mix and production needed a little bit of work. Maybe on the back of this sure success, they can next hire Rick Rubin.
If I had to sum up this fine debut on Candlelight records, it would go something like this: dām is punch you in the face good metal, with a killer edge.
UK release date is slated for May 30th, 2005, while USA thrashers can get this on June 28th, 2005.
- Spiritual Void
- City of Envy
- No God With Me
- Come to Dust
- Journey Into the Sun
- Body Temples of Sorrow
- Fortunes of Need
- Frightening and Obscene
- Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article