Friday, May 28, 2021

EP Review: Dalisay "Sa Bunganga ng Pagkabaliw" (Independent) by John Sorrell

Band: Dalisay
Country: Philippines
Genre: Thrash/Death Metal
EP: Sa Bunganga ng Pagkabaliw
Format: Digital album, cassette
Label: Independent
Release date: August 14, 2018
Dalisay is a melodic thrash/death metal band residing in the Philippines. “Sa Bunganga ng Pagkabaliw” is their debut EP, released independently in 2018 in digital and tape format. Musically, Dalisay delivers the goods if you’re looking for some hard-hitting metal. Full of slamming riffs and infectious leads. The vocals are a perfect combination of shout/scream, but I have no idea what the guy is saying, as the lyrics are all sung in their native tongue. I must say that the language barrier, in no way takes away from the enjoyment of this E.P. I have found myself listening to this on repeat, as it’s a breath of fresh air in an oversaturated world of extreme metal. Dalisay is not trying to emulate anyone here, just playing metal the way they see fit. This E.P. is comprised of four tracks, three studio and one live. Track one is straightforward, with heavy riffs and brutal screams throughout. The second track is somewhat lengthy but really showcases the amount of talent that Dalisay possesses. The guitars on this track are extremely memorable and the leads are played very well. Containing a bit more ambiance with some samples, the thunder and lightning at the end are a nice touch. Track three slows things down ever so slightly, with some heavy doom-laden riffs and just a slower, meaner sound. And at 2:03, it is definitely the shortest track on this E.P. Track four, entitled “Hamog”, is the live track and quite possibly my favorite. I’d like to hear a pro-recorded version of this song. Overall, it’s a great E.P. that has grown on me over the months and I’m left wanting more Dalisay songs. Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different to bang your head to. –John Sorrell

Jorel Torres: Vocals, guitar
Philip Lopez: Guitar
Mark Gilbert Saguibo: Bass
Elpidio Fuentebella Herrera Jr.: Drums

Track list:
1. Botod
2. Ang Libing na Naipundar ni Jetro R. Soler
3. Sa Bunganga ng Pagkabaliw
4. Hamog (Live)

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