Dies Irae: Secret Veils of Passion

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Dies Irae: Secret Veils of Passion
Melodic Death Metal, Post-Rock
Chaos Records
January 10th, 2012
Release length: 53:42
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When it comes to the band name Dies Irae, there seems to be quite a number of groups out there either using it, or had used it in the past. Among them is the group still using that name to this date that hails from Mexico. This act originally started out as a Melodic Death Metal act in the late nineties, but eventually shifted to a Post-Rock sound for their second full-length effort. In 2002, this version of Dies Irae broke up, and stayed that way until early 2009 when the group reformed, finding founder Dahern to handle vocals and rhythm guitars, as well as Fernz on lead guitar (joining in 2009), and Daniel HG handling additional vocals (joining in 2010). Not too long after, the group recorded their third full-length album, Secret Veils of Passion, and found a home with Chaos Records. But, is it a little too late for this group to be striking, or is the iron still hot for this not-so-young group?

It’s clear that the audio here was geared more towards the Post-Rock sound the band incorporates into their material, as well as the heavily atmospheric elements that come through, especially on the shorter songs. There’s a definite cleaner touch to the mix, which isn’t too bad outside the final product on the vocals. While they are far from bad, it’s the layering that is done which causes them to come off a little rough. Sometimes they don’t quite sound in harmony with one another, and because of that and the way they are mixed together, you can clearly pick out two discernible voices performing, giving it a slightly amateurish feel against much tighter music. The drums really stand out from the clarity as well, and when the heavier, more Melodic Death Metal driven material kicks in, they really make the song sound a lot richer. The echo on the snares is just perfect given the band’s push for a strong environment, and the cymbals are just the right level that they don’t dominate the music. The bass kicks also have just enough of a click to them with a level similar to the cymbals, which works so well with the overall slightly distant sound of the kit, the lighter distortion covered guitars that are soothing even when the music is meant to be a little more crushing, and the bass which is dull enough to make an impact on the music and support the guitars nicely. This all weaves varying tones to the music, such as “E7en” with its more haunting and sorrowful sound against the first track, “Want,” which seems geared more towards beauty and even Space Rock elements thanks to the louder keyboard presence that appears throughout the release.

But, that’s not all “Want” is subject to. Dies Irae does a good job of feeding off those atmospheres to weave a good deal of variety. The more Space Rock sound eventually gives way to the actual song, which is a catchy, yet more laid back Melodic Death Metal track that sticks with some simpler, accessible riffs and a slower performance until it nears the end and picks up a sudden a surge of more aggressive material and shouting vocals. This is also the first indication of the layering issues which has cleaner screaming placed above a more distant and mechanical sounding screaming layer due to an additional distortion effect. Aside that, there’s also a good deal of material that bleeds into the next song, and that becomes one of the bigger points of the album worth pointing out. “Want” into “To” is proof of this as the transition is seemless, and you really can’t pick up on the moment it goes into the darker track, having a more Middle Eastern Egyptian slavery kind of sound thanks to the keyboards and marching drum work that excels over everything else.

By the time you reach “Fight,” you won’t even realize you have gone through four other songs. The main reason this one really sticks out is the early Rock/Stoner Rock sound incorporated into it similar to acts like Pink Floyd, and the use of the keyboards in an organ manner that really sets up a completely different atmosphere. While the start had a mixture of beauty and aggression, this song really marks a more dismal and evening saddening touch to the music, one which “E7en” really capitalizes on as mentioned earlier, as well as seems to end the consistent one song pace by allowing “Sex” to end with a fade out to very brief silence. “Fight” isn’t the most musically impressive of the material here, and the layered vocals do come through pretty bad at times, especially when the chorus builds up and there’s a little more energy to the music, but not quite in the singing. Unfortunately, the vocal issues are different with “Hate.” The softer start of the track is very soothing, and so is the music that comes in, having a decent lighter, laid back atmosphere to it. And while there are times that the layering hurts the vocals, the lead singing just generally doesn’t work for the song and comes off out of tune with the rest of the material, whether it’s the slower sections or the latter impressive, as well as catchy heavier music that kicks in towards the end.

Secret Veils of Passion is really something that Metal fans may not expect, but it’s one worth giving a chance. Yes, it does have some audio issues to it, largely in the way the vocals are handled on both the production end, as well as the band’s. But the fluid motion of the music from start to end, only allowing a gap to signify another song between “Sex” and “E7en,” if you can even look at it that way given the much softer, astral-filled start, is spectacular and shows the proper way to make an album come off as one long song, unlike many of the big name bands issuing nearly hour-long albums with fifteen to twenty-minute chunks of noise that claim to be part of it. In the grand scheme of the album, it’s executed superbly, and the mixing of Post-Rock and Melodic Death Metal ideas are handled very well here. If you’re looking for something a little different that you can honestly just kick back and unwind to without feeling like the Metal has been sapped from your experience, then this Dies Irae release is one well worth looking into.

01. Want – 7:33
02. To – 1:47
03. Tree – 2:23
04. For – 4:34
05. Fight – 5:20
06. Sex – 5:30
07. E7en – 9:52
08. Hate – 9:34
09. Night – 7:11
10. Then? – 0:04
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Dies Irae (Logo)Digital review copy of this release provided by Chaos Records via Clawhammer PR.