Dimesland: Creepmoon

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Dimesland: Creepmoon
Avant-Garde, Progressive Metal
Vendlus Records
February 7th, 2012
Release length: 17:51
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Formed back in 2006, Dimesland is a group that calls themselves “Abstract Metal,” and for good reason. The sound that this group puts together is actually pretty hard to categorize, though it appears much of it seems to be a mixture of Avant-Garde with Hardcore and Math Metal tendencies. Whatever the intended style, this Oakland, California based group has found a home with Vendlus Records for their debut EP recording, Creepmoon, a just under eighteen minute effort that hammers the listener with music that goes in all sorts of different directions. But, is that a sign of good things to come, or perhaps the band just takes it a bit too far?

Creepmoon shows a pretty rough audio quality, and given the underground nature and some of it’s more “-core” influences at times, as well as perhaps the band’s own geographic location, this is something that listeners should immediately expect from the band. The production feels more like something originally intended for a strictly vinyl release that eventually was ported over to a digital medium. The guitars have that higher pitch distortion to them that is common for any sort of underground Hardcore release, and the bass is pretty obvious in the mix, though not deep enough to really make that much of an impact, coming through more as lighter tones that still manage to do their job well enough. The snares of the drum kit sound pretty tight, though with a nice lower tone to them against cymbals are a louder little, but seem to have a slight static sound to them when hit hard thanks to the audio quality. The bass kicks come off a little hollow, but still have a strong enough thud that it does make an impact, coming off to a similar tone that the bass guitar has here. The vocals are a little louder in the mix, and performed in an energetic manner with a slight rasp to them, though in a more stern, mid-range level.

But, really, what you get here is absolute chaos… In a good way, of course. “Trophy Wives Under the Influence” actually shows off more of a Thrash influence that gives way to a little Groove Metal you might expect to find in bands like Mastodon, using the rougher audio style to it’s benefit nicely for the first half. The later half is filled with blast beats and random progressing bridges that build up towards that blasting moments but never really seem to go anywhere until the song reaches its end. That general aggression is almost immediately lost when the Progressive Metal and Psychadelic Rock sound of “Unseen Architects” is met with plenty of Mathcore elements to constantly change what it is you’re listening to, though always returning to the catchy Progressive sound it all started with.

There also happens to be a decent number of instrumentals on here. “Revlev” is the first, and it ends up being a pretty solid experience. The mid-tempo pace gives ways to some nice atmospheric elements that pop in here and there through sound effects, such as a science fiction-like beeping noise that goes from one speaker to the other, or twisted keyboards that give the song a bit of a psychotic tone while still retaining that simple, yet catchy Progressive Rock sound. The second one, however, is a little more out there. “Degredation Suite” uses more robotic effects to further that Science Fiction atmosphere, and comes through more and Ambience being pushed through guitars, effects, and samples. The chaotic, post-apocalyptic sound is pretty obvious, and comes with some short, but very sweet non-ambient focused bridges that usher in some desolate vibes to the mix. Sadly this isn’t carried over into the last two tracks, but they still end up being some well performed tracks that actually show a little more solidarity, and a little less of an Avant-Garde presence shockingly. Of course, “Orange” is not an instrumental, and takes things back to “Unseen Architects” with a very chaotic sound that feels a little more grounded, but still has a good deal of technical chords at work at times, as well as a good amount of speed and energy.

Creepmoon isn’t really going to be a release for everyone, but when you break it down, it’s definitely something a little more on the unique side. Dimesland have put a good deal of effort into this EP, and the rougher audio quality really dictates well for the chaotic sound the band brings with them for the most part. This isn’t going to be the most awe-inspiring release you’ll walk away from, but it definitely acts as a bit of fresh air when it comes to store shelves being cluttered with the next Lacuna Coil, Scar Symmetry, or Sepultura wannabe. If you like what the underground has to offer you, or just need a break from the norm, then Creepmoon by Dimesland is an album you’ll definitely want to take a moment to experience.

01. Trophy Wives Under the Influence – 2:52
02. Unseen Architects – 3:14
03. Revlev – 2:24
04. Degredation Suite – 3:18
05. Ghastly Maneuvering – 2:31
06. Orange – 3:32
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Vendlus Records.