on 20 October 2008
Disarmonia Mundi are a three piece which feature Soilwork's Strid on vocals. While the band have remained pretty unknown until now, Mind Tricks could well just be their ticket out of obscurity.
Disarmonia Mundi play a very aggressive yet also catchy and anthemic form of modern melodic death with electornics and both clean and growled/screamed vocals. The subtle electronics and down tuned guitars, often using chunky stattaco riffing, give the band a fairly contemporary flavour, yet the soaring leads and spine tingling guitar harmonies are classic melodeath. As such, the band kinda walk a tightrope between the old and the new in terms of their style, and they manage it very well. Performance wise (especially the solos) they are technically able and very energetic while the vocals always keep the intenity high, even through some of the poppy parts. Yes, Disarmonia are a bit poppy at times, and quite accessable, but whenever they are they're never that far a way from a guttaral death growl or two. In fact, i was often surprised at how melodic the music can be against the ripping vocals. Throw in some top notch drumming, plenty of time changes and a perfect production job and you've got a real treat of an album. The only real thing that annoys me about this album is the profanity in the lyrics. Not that it offends me, but i've just always thought swearing in songs makes them sound very juvenile, and that lyrics can use much more powerful imagery to express emotions. Still, a small critisism for an otherwise great album.
Comparisons to Soilwork and In Flames are inevitable, but Disarmonia Mundi can hold their own, and Mind Trick sees them taking their place at the forefront of modern melodic death metal.
Basically, this is a masterclass in combining the extreme and the accessable, the old and the new, the subtle and the obvious. This is an album i keep coming back to again and again. This is what In Flames should have sounded like on A Sense of Purpose.
Fans of In Flames, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, Cipher System, RainTime, Callenish Circle, Mors Principium Est, Zonaria, Omnium Gatherum, and perhaps even the like of Norther and Children of Bodom should check this band out.
p.s. if you like this try Hydrodynamic Wave by Lunarsea and Flies and Lies by Raintime.
on 7 July 2013
The album is a good example of what one man can create all by himself and what Bjorn is hiding. Each track has something to offer you but despite all that, it sounds very In Flames like.
The cover of Mouth Of War by Pantera, I'm no Pantera (and it's not a sin to) fan but that cover is very mind blowing but the best track which offers me solace to this rating as a 4 is Ringside seat to human tragedy which brings me in because of all the vocals in this, especially Christian Alvestam's which raises my goosebumps and not a lot of songs will do that.
This album is a must buy, if one man will make this music then it's worth listening to.