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Dyscarnate Channel Strength with “Traitors in the Palace”


Death metal can be more balladic. More triumphant and dramatic. Bigger, in a way, to the point where sheer size is more frightening than danger itself. We’re stuck with the small picture, bogged down with complex riffage, intricate song constructions, and recycled production tropes. What about the oomph? This micro-path leads us to analyze and decode pesky details to discern how anything actually sounds any different. This is fine, and doesn’t necessarily ruin musical appreciation — it’s our way of understanding music, it’s how our minds work. But nobody asked the question: does any of that even matter?

Maybe, but if it doesn’t, UK-based death metallers Dyscarnate have come to say one thing: just shut the fuck up and bang your head. To wit, their third full-length With All Their Might releases on September 15th. Check out an exclusive lyric video premiere of the album’s fourth track “Traitors in the Palace” below.

Structure: “Traitors in the Palace” smoothly transitions from its thundering, brooding introduction into a climactic thrash-core riff festival. Mood: Sullen, indignant, desperate… but rightfully pissed off about it all. Production: crystal, modern, some bass boost where needed, for effect, but not overdone. “Weaker begets weak begets strong begets stronger / All born equal shall remain as such no longer.” This is all about power, absolute might; Dyscarnate delivers raw force through groove, carried on gigantic, down-tuned riffs and bombastic drumming.

But there’s patience and precision to it all. The remainder of With All Their Might features intricate constructions of head-bang-mandatory riff after riff — indeed, this album is guitar-driven. Though that’s not to outshadow the well-ranged and layered vocal performance (with a special metalcore touch), nor the on-point and tight bass, all of which serve to amplify swing and groove. This album is about movement: fist-thrusting, foot-stomping, and moshing. Think of it as a celebration of heaviness, an homage to that which causes you to physically react to live sound; specifically, death metal.

Follow Dyscarnate on Facebook here. Pre-order With All Their Might here.

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