Force Fed Lies by Dirge Within is an album that once you start, you let it play through to the end. These guys really know how to deliver metal with a purpose. I’m happy to say that after purchasing this album, I went and researched the history of these guys and thought “where have they been all my life?” I hope they can do the same for you.
Let’s break this down a little bit here. The album starts off with a solid track entitled “Self Medicate” . The song is a great show of their range in styles. The brutal vocals combined with grooving thrash guitars show the harshness. But when the hook comes in, you get sucked into a melodic vocal range of Jerms and you realize this band has a few sides to ‘em. Then when you hit the bridge, you see another side. A grooving bass line that brings you into a solo that show’s off the virtuoso styles of Matt Szlachta and Shaun Glass. This song is the perfect start to an album – a great introduction track.
Next up we have the first single, “Forever The Martyr”. Usually the lead single is the first you hear from a band, and not a band first song to hear either. This song has a very thrashy beginning with brutal vocals that remind you of something you might hear from bands like All That Remains. The hook on this song is powerful, with lyrics that leave you humming along long after the song is done. A great track, will please anyone that is a fan of the genre, regardless if you like them or not.
The rest of the album goes on, and I won’t give you a song by song description. But I will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are doing. They have heaviness down to a science. The mixture of brutality with melody is graceful and full of pride as song by song goes by and you can headbang AND sing along with it.
If you are the kind of listener that likes surprises – they got some for you. With many guests artists including Wayne Static (Static-X), Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) these guys bring friends in to show they can pack a punch.
Now musically and lyrically I have stated, this band is great. Production wise this is also the same thing. The tone on this album is a good mix of crunch and clean, and the drums don’t sound like over processed sample triggers. It’s raw, but at the same time polished and tight. A very live oriented sound.
Overall, I will give this album a 4.5/5. The only disappointing factors is I needed a little bit more singing in my opinion. Let’s show off those pipes!! Go get this album you won’t regret it.