Album Title: Vault of Membros
This is the first demo from Disma, an American band playing death metal, featuring Craig Pillard and Bill Venner from Incantation, plus Daryl Kahan and Shawn Eldridge from Funebrarum.
The production on this album is perfect for this style: a thick, fuzzy guitar sound with the belched vocals on top and the drums beneath them, all reinforced by the rumbling bass. Even on demo tape, this sounds better than most death metal records already...
In terms of songwriting, Disma is much more straightforward than Incantation ever was, but similarities can be seen in the riffing style. The band alternates between straight-ahead blasting sections and slower, doomy parts. The latter are truly crushing; the former will keep your interest with plenty of clever fills and guitar parts. Unlike many bands in this style, the songs are quite cohesive -- there's a lot going on in "The Vault of Membros", with easily five or six different sections all in one song, but the whole thing sounds like one tune rather than a collection of parts. As if that wasn't enough, "Chaos Apparition" serves up some insane off-kilter riffing and frantic tempo changes.
What puts Disma above most of today's death metal acts is its sheer quality: the riffs are powerful, the vocals are fucking insane, and the drumming and bass work is top-notch. There's nothing new here, but those who worship the old ways will be more than happy with this demo. Highly recommended.
Standout Tracks: "The Vault of Membros", "Chaos Apparition"