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   DIES IRAE
The Sin War
2002
Metal Blade
http://www.metalblade.de/diesirae.html


rating: 4/5

1. Comrade Of Death
2. Incarnation Of Evil
3. Internal War
4. Horde Of Angry Deamons
5. Infinity
6. Genocide Generation
7. The Truth
8. Beyond Sensual
9. Another Being Wasted
10. Nine Angels
The fact that Poland is a death metal country has been proven again. I know there are many good bands in other metal styles too, but I'm sure the first Polish metal bands' names that might come into our mind when Poland is mentioned are death metal bands names.
Dies Irae was formed in 1992 and their first album "Immolated" had been released in 2000. There was a 4 year long break in the band's history and today only Mauser remained from the original line-up. But all the members are known from other bands, too. Mauser and Doc play in Vader, Novy is from Behemoth and Devilyn while Hiro plays on guitar in Sceptic.

There's no surprise awaiting on this album, it's just pure, technical, very fine death metal with lots of slowed-down parts. But exactly these slower rhythms give a really heavy edge to the album. It's still brutal and crushing but more structured this time and the songs are also more varied. There are many variations in the guitar themes. The 40 minutes long music is interspersed with fine guitar solos. I mention this because even the slower, virtuosic guitar passages are fastening up to insane tempos in the same one song. Such a fantastic example is ’The Truth".
I've always been really keen on the understandable growling vocals and Novy is really good in it. Some may say his vocals are unvaried and for sure its monotony takes back from the energy of the music a bit but otherwise it fits very well. He sounds to have a lot of boiling anger inside just before the explosion.

The album opens with the scream of an air raid siren, preparing you to expect some brutality. And just to confirm it, the first song "Comrade Of Death" is simple powerful brutality. It's only 2 minutes, 40 seconds long but it leaves no survivors. But if you didn't get hooked on it then take a listen to "Incarnation Of Evil", that is the straightforward continuation of the first track with its shredding guitars. It will make you headbang I bet, just as "Genocide Generation". At "Internal War" I had a very Slayer-ish feeling but I still like this song, increasing the number of the slower ones. It marches through your ears! "Horde Of Angry Daemons" basically belongs to the group of the faster ones and it has a great number of variation between the slow and the fast creaking riffs. "Another Being Wasted" could be compared to it because it is also a bit broken with its changes. These songs have the power that will make you to long for this album over and over again. The last song "Nine Angels" is also an outstading track. It's slower and I'm sure the rock-ish gutiars will catch your attention. It's a nice way to close the album.

If you want to hear well-played, pure, quality death metal, then don't hesitate, this album is highly recommended.

submitted by Katalin 13.02.2003

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