DISINCARNATE - by 1993, this was an overdue project launched and led by none other than now legendary axe slinger, James Murphy. His claim to fame is not so much to be credited to his wizardry on the six-string, but perhaps more to the key roles he played alongside and inside benchmark acts such as forefathers DEATH, OBITUARY, and others!
As for "Dreams of the Carrion Kind", it wouldn't be much of a review if I didn't elaborate on this, now would it?
Well, it almost goes without saying that the guitar work on this album is terrific, and VERY trademark Murphy (hell, what would you expect?). In fact, many of the solos he performs here remind me very much of the material he contributed to OBITUARY's "Cause of Death". However, it would seem as though Murphy's front required all hands on deck, because all the other battle-stations were left noticeably undermanned. Bryan Cegon's vocals come off as somewhat boring and unenthusiastic. That right, they can destroy any new fan's attention span for the rest of the album. Behind the kit, Tommy Viator puts forth a good, praiseable effort, but still falls short of overly impressive, or even creative. I might even add that as far as production goes, this is a far cry from some of Colin Richardson's best work, but for the style and era, it may be considered quite appropriate.
I also hope that if you plan on picking this one up, you're a fan of BOLT THROWER, and early DEATH (if you're not, shame on you!). The song writing on DISINCARNATE's debut strikes me an awful lot like a cross between these two great bands, only a touch up the technical meter. In my necronomicon that serves as a bonus, but someone who's not a fan of either, or simply looking for something different, might be very disappointed. Like I say, I enjoy the structure, but I must admit that it is quite generic. On the other hand, this album and James Murphy himself may have helped create the stereotype in question, so…
All in all, this is a crucial album to any Death Metal-buff of the early 90s. Aside from that, it's also a product of the once glorious pioneering behemoth known as Roadrunner Records. To the uninterested and undedicated, this album will be considered somewhat mediocre. However, for those intrigued and undereducated with regards to the classic genesis of the great Floridan Death Metal-storm, and one of it's most highly decorated soldiers, "DOTCK" may aid you as one of the scene's greatest overview text books.