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”Minutes to Midnight” is rock’s most anticipated album of the year. This album redefines one of today’s most adventurous, accomplished and acclaimed bands.

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  • I went to a different web site and the reviewers hated this album. The main complaint was that the choruses were too “sing along”. Come on, insn’t this what melodeath is all about?

    This album builds on fragments of degeneration and expands the sound. I listened to this album about 10 times in two days, it is that amazing. The mix is much improved on the previous album which is by itself a very impressive sophomore effort compared to nebularium.

    Another complaint is that the lead guitar parts dissapeared. I disagree. Compared with fragments the leads seem similarly structured. The guitarrist (who sings, produces, plays bass, keyboard, and the drums) seems like an incarnation of early Vivian campbell in that he plays fast, but uses a lot of string bending to impart feeling to the soloing. He is fast but he does not abuse of the speed like other guitarrists.

    The songs are very well crafted, like a puzzle, where every layer fits seamlesly. It is a beautiful (it is death metal after all). The way that keyboards are used never detracts to the music and adds a third dimension that honestly I never experienced in any recording before (well the same as fragments of degeneration). Graveworm and in flames: please take note of how to use the keyboards in death metal please.

    I draw comparisons of this album to the style that scar symmetry is playing, a more accesible death metal that is not 100 mph all the time. It is like a painter that paints different vistas in a single painting.

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album, for me, is like a “Greatest Hits” of great riffs, solos, melodies, etc from other Melodic DM Albums, which for me, is not a bad thing.

    I heard this band while I was listening to the In Flames (I am a fan of old IF, not this A Sense of Purpose garbage) station on Pandora Internet radio. I heard a song (cant recall which) that sounded good, but had a clean chorus. Im only ok with clean choruses if they are done right, and In Flames, (especially lately, A Sense of Purpose Album) doesnt do them properly.

    Luckily, I did not dismiss this band. I looked into this album, and have since heard it about 5 or 6 times straight thru and the standouts even more.

    One thing is for sure: There is NOTHING new about this band. Its all been done before. Everything, except maybe the 3 vocalists, which I think is a great touch.
    People may claim that they have stolen riffs blatantly from Iron Maiden, but really, what european metal band has NOT used the “Aces High” chorus riff?? Its a great riff!

    Another thing to note is the fact that the main writer played every instrument on this album!! That is nuts and requires a lot of work and knowledge of other instruments. I play the drums, but I cannot imagine how long it would take me to be great on the guitar….

    Btw, this is not Metalcore (thank goodness).

    On to the music:
    Positives

    -Great “musicmanship”
    -Written and performed (on the album)by one man O_O
    - Includes Bjorn from Soilwork!
    -3 Different vocalists with different styles
    - Very Catchy Melodies and Riffs (although not new)
    -Good solos!! (something In Flames and even Dark Tranquillity lack)
    -Reminds me of what I USED to like about In Flames
    -Sounds like a hybrid of In Flames+Soilwork+ even a little modern style Children of Bodom.
    -Some very catchy clean choruses here

    Negatives
    -Nothing new here, We (Melodic Death Metal Fans) have heard it before
    -A few songs are not as strong as the others
    -Some songs sounds very similar (too similar?)

    Standout Tracks of the top of my head (without looking at a track list)
    Resurrection Code
    Celestial Furnace
    Last Breed (lots of “Aces High” chorus riffs here)
    Process of Annihilation

    Enjoy this quality stuff from Italia!

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Mind Tricks is early Soilwork on steroids, yet more complex and even speedier in some parts. The brilliant dual vocals and over-layered riffs give it a real 3-dimentional sound (as had been mentioned by another reviewer). Ultimately though, Disarmonia Mundi are not comparable to anything else. They are a progression from ‘regular’ melodic death, piling in a multitude of harmonious sounds on top of the standard song. The various layers fight for your attention, and the result is that no song is ever boring. Somehow they manage to keep things coherent while firing away, it is certainly a ‘mind trick’ that they achieve.

    Disarmonia Mundi give a new meaning to the phrase “sonic attack”.

    Posted on December 27, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was a huge fan of “Fragments of D Generation” (the prior album) and I would have to say that “Mind Tricks” either matches or surpasses it. Ettore Rigotti has got to be the most amazing musician in metal today. He plays guitars, drums, vocals, bass and keys and writes the music!!! Come on. That would be impressive even if the music sucked…but it’s unreal. The addition of Claudio Ravinale’s extreme vocals makes the sound on this album all that more intense. There are no less than 3 vocal styles being used in most songs (Speed, Ravinale’s and Rigotti with clean) and I f**cking love it. If you enjoy music like Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Darkane, or (newer) Hypocrisy than you should love Disarmonia Mundi. Check it out.

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • i thought there last cd was good, but not great, like one of the other reviews i like a lot of strids work, not to sure about coldseed, but that’s another cd. let’s talk about this cd.

    yes they are going to sound a little like soilwork with strid at the helm, but they bring there own flavor to the table,
    they play heavier and faster then soilwork has been playing in years, and because of that i love it, i like stabbing the drama it, it’s way better then figure number 5, but this cd to me harkens back to classic soilwork day, chainheart machine( some serious fast shredding and thrashing), predators potrait(the clean harmonizing vocal stuff which DM uses but not to much of like latter day soilwork) and a little of natural born chaos( this cd is kinda atmospheric in parts not much but enough to make me mention NBC and i like that part to).
    i’m partial to Chainheart and Natural Born Chaos and this cd is right down that alley, this was a nice surprise the cd, the year is only half way over, but this cd has a good chance of staying in my top 10. the energy dispayed on the cd is amazing, the musicianship is second to none, you cannot and will not go wrong with this cd. this cd and Mygrains’s ORBITAL DANCE are my favorite two cd’s at the moment, mygrain plays in this same vein so if you like this cd, you need to seriously check out ORBITAL DANCE, trust me.

    Posted on December 26, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now