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Dead In The Water : Echoes... In The Ruins

The Finnish five-piece Dead In The Water formed in 2000 after the break up of hardcore/punk band Sharpville. Apparently this band started out playing hardcore as well, but to my ears it's obvious that on 'Echoes... In The Ruins' this is a thing of the past. The only remnants of hardcore are in the lyrical content. The lyrics contain harsh criticisms of society, portray mankind's betrayal of themselves, and some gory subject matter more fit for a grindcore band.

These days, Dead In The Water play semi-melodic doom/death with a fair connection to both Winter and Paradise Lost...talk about a turnaround! A more precise description would include the more modern sound that has become typical of Firebox bands. One of the real pro's here is that the music is richer than what purer "Peaceville Three" clones usually put out. Perhaps as a slight nod to to the past you'll hear a minor post-rock influence as well, though the band doesn't stretch it out enough to make a notable impression on the music.

Throughout 'Echoes... In The Ruins' you'll frequently find calm atmospheric sections within the songs. To my ears, these sections are well-placed and hit the emotional spot quite nicely. In fact, it's in those moments that I feel most in tune with the band's name. I can really picture a corpse floating in still waters, dreaming of a life that once was. Occasional violent outbursts and crushingly heavy riffage provide a lively, though welcome, contrast to these sections. Returning to the image of the dreaming corpse, this contrast could perhaps be seen as a nightmare that retells the story of why the corpse lies in the water. When considering the aura of the music, these contrasts give the album a nice mellow feeling as well as a harder edge.

My only negative comment about the album is that I don't really get any memorable feelings from it. It's quite good in many ways, but when you're in a niche already spoken for by many other bands the competition for attention gets harder. Still, it's a more than decent album and I believe that those who want (semi-)melodic doom/death, with slightly rougher riffage, may be interested in this album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
One. The Silent Will Carry On
Two. Darken The Skies
Three. ...
Four. In Disguises
Five. Emptiness Inside
Six. Burden

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

Visit the Dead In The Water bandpage.

Reviewed on 31-03-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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