Hailing from the Windy City, DISINTER are another of a line of bands I have come upon recently who’ve been around for quite some time but I’ve heard nothing or little about. Founded in 1990, the band popped in and out of existence in its early incarnations and released numerous demos. In 1997 the band released its first full length album “Desecrated” and has released three subsequent full-length records. As I haven’t heard any of DISINTER’s previous material I can’t say whether “Designed By The Devil, Powered By The Dead”, their latest effort, is on par or any better than those endeavours. I can say though that this slab of Death Metal is a sound collection of brutality and altering pace that does a trick for me.
Nothing new here? Perhaps not, but truthfully, how many albums or bands do you come across that are original or unique? It is quite rare, so most of the time you find bands or albums in genres you enjoy who play that style well. “Designed By The Devil, Powered By The Dead” is a good example of a band who despite their own and others’ definition of being a band who punish with force and speed, also deliver some seething slower paced tracks. These cuts, like “Vision Of Murder”, really swing a hammer with their smothering clout of thick riffs along with their tempered and unstoppable gallop of rhythm; both bass and drums searing a path of demolition. Juxtaposed to this is “The Prize”, a hurtling breed of in your mug unruly DM with added swiftness this time.
Overall, DBTDPBTD contains not so much a lot of tonal or atmospheric differences throughout, but a compilation of songs that approach Death Metal with a change enough to be engaging and worthy of multiple spins. Nothing new here, but stop by and enjoy what it offers, I say.
(Online February 17, 2007)