Although Dutch death metal newcomers Deathmarch are fresh on the scene (having formed a little over a year ago), their members have been flitting around in extreme metal circles for a while now. Their collective experience culminated in a nameless demo issued early on in the year, with the group choosing to bookend 2017 with another release in the form of an EP dubbed Dismember.
The two opening cuts (the aforementioned “Gastorture” and “Bayonet Frenzy”) have a punky vibe as they charge ahead at full steam. The former eventually settles into a mid tempo mindset, with an occasional well implemented burst of speed. It’s an unremarkable song, but some of the riffs do capture the sort of twisted groove you’d find in classics from Entombed, Grave and the like. “Bayonet Frenzy” alters the equilibrium in favour of speed, but still manages to lock into a more measured, crushing interlude. “Warmachine”‘s searing, tremolo picked riff signals a shift in a more stereotypical death metal sound, but again Oele’s crunching, rhythmic pulse sees it partially stray into headbanging, rock ‘n’ roll territory.
The (almost) eponymous track creeps forward with a monolithic maelstrom of lurching chords and a seismic, see-sawing guitar chug; an admirable effort that just comes up a little short of greatness. “Autopsy with a Chainsaw” ends things with a brief blast of forgettable, grind like nonsense, and in all honesty, you wouldn’t be missing anything if you ended your listening session before the song began.
Dismember is unlikely to make any sort of dent in the extreme metal scene, but I doubt anyone really expected that with a band in its infancy. There’s a few signs here and there that the band could go on to great things, but there’s equally as many moments that leave something to be desired. A respectable first outing, with potential for better things to come.
Highlights: “Warmachine”, “Death Marches On”
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