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D.I.S.: Critical Failure
D-Beat, Thrash Metal
Deep Six Records
2010
Release length: 25:39
D.I.S. is a band that many don’t quite know of yet, but those who enjoy Grindcore and even the D-Beat styles will be more familiar with the roots of it’s members. Formed by founding Phobia member, the group started to take shape back in 2008, and once the line-up was completed the group recorded a demo in that same year. The band shifted, and former members of such acts as Mange and even Impaled were brought in. Now, D.I.S. bring us their debut full-length effort, Critical Failure, which is simply an unrelenting album that blends the best of D-Beat and some Crossover Punk roots with brutal Thrash riffs that simply don’t stop hammering away the listener. But does this relatively new act with a fantastic lineage have what it takes?

Given the background of the various members of the band, there’s plenty of musical experience tacked on, and it clearly shows with this release. While the album isn’t one of the most original releases in the field, it’s still a breath of fresh air for listeners due to it’s lack of amateurism and sterotypical idol worship that many newer acts are succumbing to. Instead, what the band has composed here is a thrill ride from start to finish with pounding guitars and drums that simply never let up. Of course, the album features tracks of various lengths, which poses no problem for D.I.S., as the shorter songs on here pack just as much of a punch as the longer songs do. “Veil of Greed” and “Extend This Misery” are both the shortest of material on here, but there’s no denying the sheer power behgind these songs compared to the longer tracks “Legion” and “C.F.”

there really isn’t anything bad to say about this release. Critical Failure is about what you would expect from a release like this, and there isn’t a single moment on the album that you’ll want to step back and say it got repetitive or mundane. THe only thing that could break this album is the vocal style used, as thanks to how heavy the music itself is, clearly the right vocal approach is necessary. Luckily, D.I.S. hit it right on the head with a screaming style that is a little in the background of the music, almost like what one would expect from a Sludge band, which is clearly incorporated from the past band experience with Mange. Even the track “Bloodwolf” sounds like a D-Beat Sludge song period, and it’s just a phenomenal ride from start to finish. Aside that, the solos are really key to the album and seriously add a whole other layer of intensity to the mix.

If you’re looking for a release that is simply relentlesws in it’s aural assault, then look no further then Critical Failure. When all is said and done, D.I.S. costruct a strong debut album that never goes old and will have you pumping your fists in the air from the first scream on “Speak of Hate”. Of course, given the lineage involved with this group, such a solid first effort is expected, but hopefully this won’t be the last. Critical Failure is not an album to pass up, but more an album you’ll experience and come back to time and time again for any and all anger issues you may have.

01. Speak of Hate – 3:25
02. Veil of Greed – 1:49
03. Fake – 3:36
04. C.F. – 2:41
05. Marked to the Vein – 1:44
06. Lamentations – 3:02
07. Extend this Misery – 1:41
08. Bloodwolf – 2:09
09. Legion – 3:01
10. Bleed Forward – 2:32

Overall Score: 8/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Deep Six Records.