Dysphorian Breed - The Longing for the Tides of Metamorphosis - (8.5/10)
Published on October 14, 2014
Genre:Funeral Doom / Death
Dysphorian Breed is a Swedish funeral doom/death metal act formed, fronted and solely operated by multi-instrumentalist David Fredriksson, who put the project into motion in 2014. The project’s debut album, The Longing for the Tides of Metamorphosis, is a three track, 30 minute journey through corridors of depression and regret. Monstrous in spite of its ambitious nature, Dysphorian Breed has crafted a fine specimen; full of trudging paces, introspective melodies, and cavernous vocals.
While the majority of the album focuses on slow-paced riffing and plodding drums, Fredriksson shows an uncanny ability to incorporate bursts of speed in the form twisting death metal and blackened riffing without sacrificing the depressive and monolithic feel of the music. Heavy-handed chords stream past, with a rather haunting backdrop of atmospheric keys; not enough to steal the focus, but just enough to accentuate the hopelessness flowing throughout. The vocals are deep and cavernous, yet with a constricted feel that almost sounds as if Fredriksson is choking on the words.
Given that each track is well over the 10 minute mark, it gives Dysphorian Breed plenty of time to mess with tempo changes and to flirt with a more dynamic sound. While it happens rather steadily throughout the album, “The Tides,” in particular shows a smooth transition from dirge-laden funeral doom into monstrously sludgy death metal. Despite the mountains of trudging funeral paces, there are touches of groove and rhythm, like the swaggering riff and blasting percussion during “The Longing.” Dark, brooding and depressive in its heavy riffing, The Longing for the Tides of the Metamorphosis continuously washes over the senses, leaving the listener with an inescapable feeling akin to teetering on the brink of hopelessness.
The Longing for the Tides of Metamorphosis is an exceptional debut. The programmed drums hold things from being truly ferocious during the faster portions, but the monolithic riffs and trudging atmospheres keep it firmly rooted in the realms of slow. Apparently not one to rest on his laurels, Fredriksson already has another full-length album scheduled to come out in November, titled The Rain of Ash. This is a solid debut that shows a band with tons of promise. Pay what you can at Bandcamp.