Ohio’s Dismemberment defines their music as blackened thrash metal. After listening to their latest E.P., Denied Salvation, I agree wholeheartedly. Their second E.P. is composed of 5-songs of fierce death/thrash melodies that remind me of some yesteryear heavyweights. It took me a little while to figure out what influences I was hearing, but then it came to me in the form of Kreator, Coroner, and Carcass (for the vocals). Reminiscent of Carcass’s Bill Steer, the vocals are gritty and harsh, but not so deathly that it’s basically someone just growling at the moon. The lyrics are mostly understandable to the trained ear.
We are going to try something new at A Metal State of Mind…a video battle. If you guys and gals want to “play along” this is something we were thinking of posting weekly. Check it out!
For this week, I decided to choose similar style bands that both have new videos and also new albums. I decided to call it The Battle for Supremacy since both bands are basically at the edge of something bigger than themselves, but can’t quite seem to “get there.” Maybe Trivium has a slight edge, but they are basically in the same ballpark. The videos are Trivium’s Built to Fall and Chimaira’s Year of the Snake. If you want to play, all you have to do is watch and vote. In the next installment of Monday Metal Madness, we will announce the winner and set up a new poll and then keep it going.
Chimaira’s sixth studio album, The Age of Hell, hit the shelves and digital banks this week. If you do not have a copy yet, you are missing out on something special. This bone-crushing album is top-notch Chimaira. With a 50% change in personnel, some could have predicted that Chimaira’s future was uncertain. On August 16th, all worries were set aside. The Age of Hell is raw Chimaira metal.
First of all, I would like to congratulate Emil Werstler, Sean Z, and Austin D’Amond for being inaugurated into the Midwest’s best metal band. Guys, welcome to the beast known as Chimaira.