Release length: 16:42
Dirigiri has a thick audio quality, finding the click of the bass kicks pulled forward against crushing guitar distortions. All of this immediately hammers the listener with a blunt, yet creepy atmosphere the rich guttural vocals help to push forward on “Death by the Hands of an Angel.” There’s a solid groove to the material, though an odd metallic sound in the background that appears in certain parts in a way that makes it unclear if intentional or some kind of feedback from one of the instruments. It is a bit distracting, and can be picked up at times on other tracks, such as the the somewhat more intricate, yet trudging “Bone Collector” with a very subtle ringing against certain chords. The speed does pick up towards the end, but the music doesn’t become less burdening, concluding on a solid guitar solo that amps the intensity up a little more.
Of all the songs, it’s the high energy impact of “Toilet Extermination” that stands out the most. The bass guitar becomes the most important instrument here, helping showcase the hints of early Thrash influence, and even a bit of Goregrind in some of the faster spots that throw some blast beats into the work reminiscent of bands like Ghoul or even Exhumed. The vocals even find some enthusiastic rhaspiness at work that compliment the gutturals perfectly. There’s also an upbeat attitude that makes the Death Metal assault a blast to sit through. But, then there’s “Boiled in Blood,” which is a little more on the traditional Death Metal side, though it pushes some catchy grooves and chugging that are guaranteed to have you banging your head along with random passages of off-timed riffs and drumming that can disrupt the flow and even make you wonder if it was an intentional or not, much like the bass kicks about half way through. This happens again on “Straight from the Grave 2” with some of the cymbals not quite syncing up at times when the pace slows.
Dirigiri do a good job at establishing what they have in store for fans with this self-titled EP, though much of it doesn’t really stand out in the long run. What listeners get with this EP are solid nods to traditional Death Metal, and one track that seems to break from the norm. It isn’t the most impressive, especially with that metallic noise or ping that sometimes comes through, but fans of the Death Metal genre won’t be let down by this release, or even live if the band manages to pull these off as well as they did in the studio. If you happen to have the chance to check out Dirigiri, it’s worth it, as it ends up a safe choice to just throw on and enjoy.
01. Death by the Hands of an Angel – 2:13
02. Bone Collector – 2:39
03. Riot – 2:21
04. Boiled in Blood – 4:14
05. Toilet Extermination – 2:47
06. Straight from the Grave 2 – 2:30
|Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10