Dyscarnate – With All Their Might

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/Label: Unique Leader Records
Distributor/Label URL: https://uniqueleader.com/
Released: 2017
Buy Album: https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/with-all-their-might
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Dyscarnate/

Band line-up:

Matt Unsworth – Drums,
Tom Whitty – Guitars & Vocals,
Al Llewellyn – Bass & Vocals.

Tracklistings:

1. Of Mice & Mountains
2. This Is Fire!
3. Iron Strengthens Iron
4. Traitors In The Palace
5. To End All Flesh Before Me
6. Backbreaker
7. All The Devils Are Here
8. Nothing Seems Right

Review:

Blimey, DYSCARNATE make an almighty racket. With this, third album “With All Their Might”, the chaps from Horsham really do weigh in with everything they have to create a sonically colossal slab of death metal that could ably cleave one’s skull in. The term “power trio” has never been more apt, here.

Where death metal can branch out into the realms of technicality, DYSCARNATE rely on thick, heavy-as-balls riffs that swing like a wrecking ball and it’s immediately apparent upon the crunching opener “Of Mice & Mountains”. It feels a lot more down-to-earth than the often frivolous technical forays other death metal bands employ: the sole purpose here is to write a great song and be bloody heavy in the process. The fact that the neck muscles begin twitching in eager anticipation of a thoroughly good headbang says a lot for the band’s brand of death metal.

Yet it’s not all crushing heaviness and heads-down blasts. “Traitor In The Palace” slows things down a bit and employs open-note dissonance to proceedings, creating a suffocating and oppressive atmosphere. The same can be said for follow-up “To End All Flesh Before Me” – an apocalyptic romp through a desolate landscape where Tom Whitty’s drumming prowess becomes most obvious. The man is an absolute beast behind the kit, and can perfectly compliment a riff with cymbal play, or lock in tight to the riff to devastating effect.

With a monstrous production quality, “With All Their Might” begs to be heard and provides welcome variety to avoid aural exhaustion. It’s a shame that there are no lead guitar lines atop some of the riffs, as they’d likely make for a delicious icing on the proverbial cake. Nevertheless, their omission clearly indicates a calculated effort in maintaining the album as a lean, mean and oh-so-keen death metal onslaught – kudos to DYSCARNATE’s focus.

“With All Their Might” ably satisfies the hunger one would have for gloriously jacked-up riffs amidst a cacophony of growls and frenetic drums. Granted a band’s member count has no correlation to their overall sound, by the trio of DYSCARNATE demonstrate focus and a knack for writing punishing music. It’s a diligently well-written album and one that proves that death metal is still alive, well and laying waste to scores around.

Review by Lee Carter
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