Dimension Hatross is, in my humble opinion, a near perfect record. It’s wildly inventive for any genre, but in the rich history of metal it’s an absolute masterpiece. While the great Nothingface would finally earn the band some very well-deserved fame, for my money this is still their best work from a songwriting perspective. If this album had been given the same production gloss as its follow-up, I’m sure a lot of folks would agree with me.
That being said, there’s something about the wider, dirtier, heavier sound that makes this album what it is. The band is clearly getting tighter, Away’s drumming in particular is more polished and less noisy, Snake’s vocals are becoming more melodic and less scream focused, and yet they retain those great thrashy roots that they would all but completely drop two albums later (only to revist them with less success a few records after that).
Long story short, if you’re a fan of metal this album absolutely belongs in your collection. A truly great band is in their prime here, and that’s something you definitely don’t want to miss.