DIMENSION ZERO, for those of you who don't know, is a band that consists of members (or former members) from IN FLAMES, MARDUK and LUCIFERION. What the band play is a sort of Melodic Death Metal style similar to IN FLAMES only with that added sense of power, aggression and heaviness. Added to this is a more old school Swedish Death Metal influence and a strong sense of good solid guitar based thrashy sections.
All in all this is a very solid well executed album that should appeal to almost any self respecting Metalhead as it covers a wide range in its songs. Fans of earlier IN FLAMES in particular will enjoy the sense of heaviness added to these riffs and those looking simply for another head banging Death Metal album will find none better than this from recent releases.
"This Is Hell" consists of great shrieking vocal work which is executed sharply and is full of conviction. The guitars are simply brilliant as the riffs are all appealing and ear friendly despite their speed and heaviness. The drum work is the most standard and boring aspect of the album yet even it is at least adequate leaving no room for complaint but plenty for enjoyment!
There are no individual standout tracks as everything here is as strong and good as each other and miles above the majority of modern Metal. If you like Death/Thrash then this is probably the essential album for you this year. (Online November 4, 2003)