Disarmonia Mundi - Nebularium review


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Band: Disarmonia Mundi
Album: Nebularium
Release date: 2001

01. Into D.M.
02. Blue Lake
03. Mechanichell
04. Guilty Claims
05. Burning Cells
06. Demiurgo
07. Nebularium
08. Awakening

Disc I [The Restless Memoires - 2009 re-release bonus]
01. Across The Burning Surface
02. Flare
03. Spiral Dancer
04. Kneeling On Broken Glass
05. Chester
06. Ghost Song

When a young band is starting it's career, the usual progression in order to achieve a professional status and media recognition is to release a Demo/Promo first, then a Mcd to draw some attention from the press and record labels, then a full length record. Well, this is definitively not the case. Disarmonia Mundi presents us "Nebularium" their first full length, no demos, no promos, no Ep´s. The presentation is flawless, The Cd has a nice cover art, good looking logo and a booklet with lyrics. Even though is self-released this album oozes professionalism.

The bands plays Melodic death metal with a lot of progressive touches, reminiscent of In Flames, Opeth, Soilwork and Arch Enemy, but this album only contains some elements of the after mentioned bands, because DM really manages to create their own sound with this Nebularium.

Let's go to the music itself, After a short opener "Blue Lake" kicks in, great track, really great progressive moments that reminds me of Opeth, this song also features a nice calm break at the middle, this is a killer track, could it get better than this? YES! "Mechanichell" follows , a fast paced song that WILL blow your brains out, The drumming is really impressive (courtesy of Mr. Ettore Rigotti), this guy really know how to play the double bass! "Guilty Claims" calm down thing a bit, and it has to some nice progressive moments, this song has great clean vocals.

Nothing prepared me for this, and no one told me that "Burning Cells" was next …. After a deliberately low recorded intro… WHAM! Straight-in-your-face-death-metal-assault!!! This song is simply awesome, and is by far my favorite track in the album, it has one of the best technical trashy riffs I've ever heard.

Let's talk about the production, is not flawless, but is really great, a professional work done by a professional band. Nice mix, I can hear every instrument crystal-clear and they brought the double bass to the front, a really cool feature if you ask me.

So, what do we have here? Killer riffs, nice melodies, awesome soloing, excellent death/clean vocals, good production, great presentation/packaging and a really cool webpage (don't forget to visit). World: take cover, Disarmonia Mundi is on their way to conquer you all!

Of course, many of you are asking yourselves, Is this band is so great as Undercraft says, why does they don't have a record label? Well, when they released this album they didn't, but now they do! In a really smart movement the Italian label Scarlet Records signed these guys. I can't wait for their next album!

Written by Undercraft | 02.10.2003


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