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Review: Dystrophy - Chains of Hypocrisy
Chains of Hypocrisy

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 43:18
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 28, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Readers Rating
Chains of Hypocrisy

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (12 Votes)

Dystophy perform abrasive, in-your-face death metal that has a slight thrash influence. There’s a lot of musical ferociousness to be found here, but certainly a more restrained melodic edge as well. There are tendencies towards the more melodic efforts of Carcass, specifically Heartwork, but also outfits like The Black Dahlia Murder as well.

One can see the diversity in Dystrophy’s sound through tracks like "Through Scenes of Buried Pain", which marries aggression with melody in a very strong fashion. "Crown the Coward" is a fitting epic to end the album as well. The band is convincing. They separate themselves from mediocrity with catchy, addictive riffs. However, there is nothing particularly memorable enough to take them to the upper echelon of death metal. There are enough twists and turns as well as interesting solo and bridge sections to keep one’s interest consistently, but nothing quite sticks out enough except the excellent percussion. Still, the blend of force and harmony is done very well on Chains of Hypocrisy. The band’s music is a lot tighter than many death metal bands seem to be able to attain.

Dystrophy rarely falters in intensity and displays the ability to maintain their presence throughout the length of the material. The songs have a great deal of focus and drive, but lack an interesting enough edge to make them phenomenal. There’s definitely a great deal of talent to be found with this outfit and I would expect even greater things from them in the future. Fans of death metal that has both abrasive and melodic tendencies will find something to like here.

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