Genre: Black/death/crust metal
Full Length: Total Death – Total Live
Format: Digital album
Label: Immortal Frost Productions (Belgium)
Release date: June 25, 2021
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This time with yet ANOTHER Bandcamp exclusive and this time (and for the first time I’m pretty sure) we will be reviewing a live album!
Total Death-Total Live by DISPYT.
So this album was released on the 25th of June 2021 and the first thing I noticed was how short the track list was. The whole live set was only just over 16 minutes in total and when you set yourself a project this short you can go only one of two ways.
1. You can assemble a short but sweet sonic narrative where you use that whole length to build for listener this grand ‘Magnum Opus’ so to speak incorporating a beginning, middle and end within the time you have. Essentially doing what Pink Floyd did with the album ‘Animals’ but obviously in a shorter time frame.
2. Go all out ballistic and leave nothing on the table, rain down the insanity, fire and brimstone till there’s nothing left to utilize! So in essence use the band ‘Nails’ approach short but brutal till the last second!
With this live album they definitely chose the latter. Every track is filled the brim with intensive energy, passion and determination the likes you don’t hear too often (especially in a live album) what becomes clear while listening to the tracks is that they pit their heart and soul into every single second and second I have to say this is one of more impressive live recordings I’ve heard, period!
They have a strong Death/Black metal fusion with those maniac drum patterns and shredded guitar riffs, the kind that you can’t help but to headbang to! The vocals to me are more reminiscent of Black Metal with those intense screeching and growls setting the gloomy and dark stage presence that hold for the entirety of the performance.
One thing that did interest me is that almost every song starts the same, with the opening to every track being the guitar reverb for a few seconds before the song officially begins, this is neither a good or bad thing just something that caught my attention in the initial listening.
Overall, this is an interesting, heavy and no nonsense live recording. Normally when you listen to a live album you’ll hear the band or artist talk with the crowd or do a lot of hype building things like get the crowd to clap or repeat certain phrases etc. but these guys are straight to the point, get in, rock the house down and get out which I feel will either be a big turn on or turn off depending on the listener.
If you’re into the heavier aspect of metal then this is definitely one to look out for! And make sure to SUPPORT.SUBSCRIBE AND STREAM these guys and help them go viral! –Corban Skipwith
Mathias Lillmåns: Bass, vocals
Juuso Englund: Guitars, vocals
Owe Inborr: Drums, vocals
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