Albums like these really do sum up what old school Black and Thrash Metal was about – gloriously uncomplicated, direct and as heavy as a slab of granite. “Atiduokit Mirusius” about as heavy as the album title is unpronounceable and in many ways this almost is a near-perfect mix between the two styles that segues seamlessly between Thrash with Black vocals or vice versa and the crunchy production job brings out every ounce of bile present in the songs. Considering these guys hail from Lithuania and this album becomes even more of a joy to behold.
I’d be remiss if I don’t point out that some of the songs during the second half begins to drag a bit and that the stupid circus-theme intro is way out of place but overall this album does what it set out to – to Thrash and blaspheme heavily! In spite of the general briskness of the album many songs on here are quite technical, with lots of riffs and tempo changes thrown into the fray – see “Sliundra” and “As Grifas” – the latter track even embracing a strange sense of atonality not totally unlike what can be found in IMMOLATION. On “Saltyie” they also prove themselves very adept at slower tempos, with the track having a cold, distant feel to it that contrasts well with the in-your-face AURA NOIR-like Blackthrash of the other songs.
The Baltic states may not be a hive of Metal activity but DISSIMULATION are a quality outfit and a lot of work seems to have gone into this very professional sounding album that will find appeal among all who like old-school minded acts like the abovementioned AURA NOIR as well as TYRANT and DESASTER. No masterpiece but very good at what it aims for.
(Online January 24, 2009)