Dimension Zero - Silent Night Fever review
|Album:||Silent Night Fever|
|Release date:||May 2002|
01. Silent Night Fever
02. The Murder-Inn
03. Through The Virgin Sky
04. Your Darkest Hour
05. Not Even Dead
06. They Are Waiting To Take Us
07. Until You Die
09. Slow Silence
10. Helter Skelter [The Beatles cover] [Asian bonus]
Dimension Zero was originally a side project formed by both Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström of In Flames; this is their début 'Silent Night Fever' and quite a decent one at that.
The music found on this album reminds me of the style of Death Metal At The Gates played on their final piece "Slaughter Of The Soul". It's fast, aggressive, but still maintains a high level of melody within each of the tracks. Each song keeps to the same pace and length throughout the album. Don't be put off by that though, it's just the style of the band that gives off this impression. The standout track, though not my favourite, is the closing track "Slow Silence" only because it doesn't embody the aggression and intensity of all the other songs. Everything has been toned down, but it is still one of the better songs on the album. My personal favourite on this album is "They Are Waiting To Take Us". The riffs are pure Thrash Metal, it really isn't anything remotely similar to In Flames. I find it to be a good thing however, because even though I love In Flames' early works, it would just be too predictable if this band adopted the same styles that In Flames had. Believe me it could have very well been the case here, but instead we are being given a fresh more intense version of what used to be In Flames, with only a few tracks actually sounding like the band.
There are only two problems I have with this album. Firstly, it is much too short at only 31 minutes, especially for those who have waited for this since the release of their first EP. Secondly, there are no solos on this album, and although I partially agree with Gothberg (vocalist), when he said in an interview that solos would've taken the edge out of the songs, I still can't help but think what could have been, and I'm sure a lot of you reading this would agree.
|As a side-project of Jesper Strömblad (In Flames) and his then-bandmate Glenn Ljungström, Dimension Zero is also very much Güthenberg metal. Silent Night Fever, their debut album, is probably very near the definition of melodic death metal. It has unforgiving machine gun-like drumming, raspy death growls vocals like delivered from a ghoul, typical death and thrash metal riffs, but of course also very melodic parts.
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