Kung Fu influenced Death Metal. Now there's something you don't hear about everyday! Despite the fact that the song titles and album name got my attention due to the fact that I love Bruce Lee movies (and Kung Fu movies in general) the music has very little to do with the subject matter of the lyrics other than the fact that it is fast and will batter your ear drums for just under 45 minutes.
DIM MAK are a resurfaced band once known under the guise of RIPPING CORPSE. Incidentally it is a former member RIPPING CORPSE Eric Rutan (also of MORBID ANGEL) who handles the production duties on this album, which are adequate at best and not nearly powerful enough for today's brutal Death Metal standards.
The music on offer is a quite original form of Death Metal with obvious technical moments and influences from Thrash and Hardcore (yep that's one negative point). The guitar riffs are actually quite good but after listening to the album I found it quite difficult to recall even one of them. This fact makes choosing a favourite track impossible as the album also suffers from a lack of variation and although DIM MAK sound like no one else their songs all sound the same as each other and they are all in need of some variations in tempo as this is all blasting and each tracks runs into the next with no distinct difference.
The vocals are possibly the most impressive part of this album (even though they are not my cup of tea) as they are some of the most aggressive I've heard in a while. The growls are very powerful and seem to become hateful shouts as the vocalist looses control of his voice (this is a good thing as it adds a lot more to the aggression one would expect in a Kung Fu influenced Death Metal band!).
Overall this is promising and I feel that the band could improve greatly in the future. As it is however some will love this and others will be indifferent, but I can't see any Death Metal fan disliking or dismissing DIM MAK. (Online May 9, 2003)