Sunday, April 8, 2012

Dispatched/Blackshadows/1994 Cassette Review

Dispatched where a band from Sweden that played a very blackened form of death/doom metal with a melodic edge and this is a review of their self released 1994 cassette "Blackshadows".

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them, as for the keyboards they are utilized they add a dark atmosphere to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine death metal with black and doom metal with a good amount of melody being thrown into the music as well as a brief use of soft and clean playing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking to enhance the darkness that is coming out of the music.

Vocals are mostly deep blackened death metal growls with some spoken word parts being used at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it while still being produced will enough to the point where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion Dispatched where a very great sounding blackened death/doom metal band with a melodic edge and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Tranquility" "Harmageddon" "Act Of Ressurrection" and "Blackshadows". RECOMMENDED BUY.