"Let the Violence Begin" (Necropolis)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

The late '90s death metal explosion has allowed some under-appreciated veterans to get another crack at success in the unforgiving music business. Out of action for the last few years, Dark Angel founder Jim Durkin resurfaces as Dreams Of Damnation alongside bassist Charlie Silva and veteran metal drummer Al Menez.

For Dreams Of Damnation, the Dark Angel sound is made more raw and primal with less thrash, more death metal, a smattering of hardcore, and a whole heaping of brutality. Like the battle between creationists and Darwinians, there seems to be no end to the tug of war over what exactly constitutes thrash and what constitutes death metal. However, Dreams Of Damnation hide those lines by using a straight-forward approach with clever use of arrangements to spruce up their songs.

"Let The Violence Begin" is a mini-CD with six songs. The best of the lot is clearly "Demonic Celebration" which has modern thrash riffs coupled with death metal brutality. Vehemence of pain dominates the lyrics.

Dreams Of Damnation hopes to be at the forefront of the new wave of traditional death metal/thrash metal and with "Let The Violence" the band is off to a great start. 

Dreams Of Damnation is Jim Durkin on guitars, Charlie Silva on bass and vocals, and Al "Mayhem" Mendez on drums. 

For more information visit http://www.necropolisrec.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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