|Review: Dylath-Leen - Cabale|
Label: Great Dane Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 11, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Great Dane Records seem to be getting started by signing a bunch of under-the-radar bands and reissuing their most recent albums in nice, slick new packages with some real promotion behind them. Dylath-Leen are hyped as "atmospheric" Death Metal, but this is pretty damned aggressive for that label. In this instance, "atmospheric" seems to mean they throw in some keyboards here and there.
I am strongly reminded of the kind of stuff Dawn of Relic used to play back on albums like One Night In Carcosa - so strongly that I would be shocked if this band didn't consider DoR an influence. This album is mostly propulsive Death Metal riffing with a bit more melody that is standard. The vocals are iffy, as too often they slip over into a monotone scream that is a bit ‘coreish for my tastes. Overall I have to say I find this enjoyable but not really gripping. I'm always in favor of bands with Lovecraftian themes, and this band shows real possibilities. They could become a more adventurous, Septicflesh kind of band with some more room to grow. Worth a spin.
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