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"Devilish Act of Creation" (Metal Mind Records; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Now this was a surprise. Thy Disease is a Polish band, so I instantly thought I was going to be bombarded with the usual Polish death metal style. Once I plucked "Devilish Act Of Creation" into the CD player I found out I wasn't even half-right.

Thy Disease play a black metal/death metal hybrid that goes to the black metal style far more than it goes to the death metal style. However, Thy Disease seem to employ the best aspects of the black metal genre as it occasionally adds death/thrash elements to keep things interesting. "Devilish Act Of Creation" is instantly likeable and grows on the listener after each repeated listen.

The black metal influences are prominently from the Dimmu Borgir/Covenant camps which is a sound that I am not only familiar with, but genuinely like. I know that black metal genre in its original form did not include the prominent use of keyboards. While I have been slow to accept non-keyboard-oriented black metal into my regular listening rotation, it doesnít bother me the least bit that I prefer black metal bands that unashamedly use keyboards to shore up and expand their sound. However, Thy Disease never goes too far overboard into gothic territory.

While I canít say that "Devilish Act Of Creation" is ground-breaking or required listening, it did strike a chord with me. I would venture to guess that it would appeal to a lot of Rough Edge readers as well.

The band's second album "Cold Skin Obsessed" has been recorded and should see an official release sometime in 2003.

"Devilish Act Of Creation" was produced by Jaro Baran.

Thy Disease are Seiko on vocals, Dario on lead guitars, Pepek on rhythm guitar, Marco on bass, Qba on keyboards, and Pinochio on drums. Anna Wojtkowiak adds backing vocals.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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