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These Are They Disposing Of Betrayers


1. The Massacre 2. Behind The Door 3. The Sins Of My Brothers 4. No Angels To Catch You 5. By Phaeton's Design 6. Cranial Hemorrhage 7. La Mano Nera 8. Evening Widows 9. Disposal Of Betrayers
2010 The End Records
Our score 7

1/20/2011

Back in the early 90's, Swedish bands like Entombed and Dismember showed us all that you can make a killer death metal record out of nothing but some solid grooves and a passion for the genre. Early classics like Left Hand Path and Like An Ever Flowing Stream weren't insanely technical, nor were they overrun with weak and trebly melodic passages; they were just straight-forward, catchy, and crushing slabs of death metal at its purest. On Disposing Of Betrayers, These Are They have managed to look past all of the recent trends in death metal and zero in on the genre's simplistic Swedish innovators. Of course, any comparison to Entombed and Dismember would be moot if the band in question didn't deliver the riffs. After listening to the first few tracks on Disposing Of Betrayers though, it's pretty damn obvious that this record's strength and focus is its consistently groove-laden guitar work. Most of the riffs are of the power chord variety, which should come as no surprise considering the guitar playing comes courtesy of doom/death veterans Novembers Doom's ex-guitarist; nods to bands like Sabbath are particularly frequent. The elusive solos on the record, most notably found on "By Phaeton's Design" and "Disposal Of Betrayers," match the simplicity of the riffs, emphasizing memorable melodies instead of shredding. The most complex guitar work on the album can be found in sections like the tremolo-picked first riff of "Disposal Of Betrayers." As if this picture I'm painting isn't clear enough, the short version is that the guitar playing here sounds exactly like early Swedish death metal riffs played by a veteran of grinding doom metal. Similarly, the vocals and drumming are both simple and memorable. There are a lot of great vocal hooks, such as the chorus in "Behind The Door," but not much variety. Novembers Doom fans might disagree with me, but I don't think this guy's vocals are unique, or even anything more than sufficiently competent. The same could be said about the drumming on the album; it's rarely more than sufficient, but it strikes an enjoyable groove that just hits the spot. And overall, I can't think of a better way to sum up this entire record than that last sentence. Bottom Line: If you're craving some contemporary death metal, but don't feel like listening to anything technical or melodic, this is an album you could check out. I don't think it will make anyone's year end list, and it will never rival the work of the band's influences, but that doesn't stop it from being an entertaining and fun death metal record.

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ryaninstereo_ 1/20/2011 4:04:18 PM

Great job assface.


thetruthhurts_ 1/20/2011 4:14:00 PM

nice spot checking there bro, how about less "reviled forum" and more quality assurance asshats.


xmusicislifex_ 1/21/2011 9:32:47 AM

worst band name EVER


Godfather_ 1/21/2011 5:44:04 PM

Disposing Of stuff, the gay way


nilorthenile_ 1/21/2011 8:11:02 PM

who gives a shit what he said or what he didn't say. stupid f*cking name/music


brent_watson_ 1/23/2011 10:29:47 PM

Hey Shawn, great review, loving this album, big things in store for these guys on 2011. By the way, I'm pretty sure i left my dildo at your place the other night, i'll grab that later. Clyde says what's up and to keep "sucking his dck" lol whatever that means. Peace.


anonymous 1/24/2011 9:39:48 AM

lol


anonymous 1/25/2011 2:41:46 AM

if this band doesnt break up right now ill go on a killing spree