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I hope I don't need to introduce the mighty 'd'. The incredible mix of barbaric grind/death with mystical ultradoom they displayed in their first and only full length 'Transcendence Into The Peripheral' is still unparalleled. 'dUSK' is the mcd that preceded that album. It is also somewhat less known, and this has a lot to do with the fact that it contains three tracks that were re-recorded for 'Transcendence-'.

The sound on 'dUSK' is more raw and unprocessed compared to the unbelievable production of 'Trancendence-'. The guitar sound is more 'crunchy' and less heavy, while the tempo of the tracks is slightly up compared to the re-recorded versions. As such, this may be the ideal album to convert grind/death fans subtly to doomy sounds. The vision and philosophy of the band is already clear on this release, but it's also clear that they refined their sound heavily on their ful-length.

The most striking track on this release - certainly considering its date - is the last one. "Cerulean transience of all my imagined shores" takes the listener in a long journey through the realms of slow, threatening and mystical ambience. The typical, monotonous clean guitar which is spread all over the massive underlying heaviness of the album, became the trademark of this band. It is the most characteristic derivative of an - at first sight vain - attempt to reconcile the world of the mystical atmospheres with the realms or relentless brutality. Yet they succeeded displaying such an elegance, that it makes you wonder why no one had forseen this crazy marriage of two opposite worlds.

Bands like Evoken, Dusk and Esoteric owe a lot to that early and unexpected vision of diSEMBOWELMENT. Together with them, we bow in awe to the mighty 'd'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The tree of life and death
2. A burial at Ornance
3. Cerulian transience of all my imagined shores

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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