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Image: Dirge Within, Pitriff, news, reviews, interviews, heavy metalDirge Within
THERE WILL BE BLOOD

Chicago metallers Dirge Within have returned with a brand new release called THERE WILL BE BLOOD.  Does anyone care?  While this band gained some attention because it features former Soil member Shaun Glass, their debut FORCE FED LIES didn't make much of an impression with the masses.  Still, you can't give up that easily, can you?  THERE WILL BE BLOOD seems to have benefitted from the band learning to be a band following the last effort.  Their ProPain meets God Forbid meets Slipknot/Stone Sour sound has really grown a great deal since their debut.  THERE WILL BE BLOOD is pretty solid.

With THERE WILL BE BLOOD, there are a lot of interesting things going on musically here.  Singer Jeremy Genske has really stepped up his game.  His snarling vocals are a near carbon copy for Gary Meskil of ProPain throughout; a very good thing in my book.  While that's solid, it's not enough to really carry this band anywhere.  Songs like "As We Pray" showcase another side of Genske that I'm betting he'll be featuring more and more as this band develops.  He's using a much cleaner vocal here that is very, very similar to Corey Taylor when he's singing in Stone Sour.  It works very well here, and on the album's best track "Memories".  Certainly, most of the music is still heavy, but songs like "Memories" could definitely find this band a way to break through to the more mainstream.

Don't read that as THERE WILL BE BLOOD being a soft, lame radio rock record, because it's anything but.  Musically, these songs are full of all the heaviness you would expect  from a band that has played gigs with Chimaira and Devildriver, among others.  Lead guitarist Chuck Wepfer and Glass roar throughout the overwhelming majority of the disc.  Songs like the punishing "Absolution" will have you moshing around your living room when cranked to maximum volume.  They are driven very nicely by drummer Frankie Harchut, whose precision and double base skills here are as solid as anything you will here in modern metal today.

The thing that's most interesting about Dirge Within could be taken as a positive or a negative depending on your perspective.  As you go from song to song, you can easily pick out current bands that have influenced each track.  As already mentioned, there's distinct sounds that remind of Slipknot, Stone Sour, ProPain, etc.  There's other material that reminds of everything from The Haunted to Hatebreed to God Forbid.  Again, if you are a fan of the modern metal, this could be just cool, or it could put you off as you can hear the original sound with a few finger swipes on your IPod.  In short, this effort is solid, although not all that uniquely creative musically.

PITRIFF RATING - 85/100 - THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a very strong modern metal effort.  While it's not setting any records for creativity, it still captures a lot of the best qualities other bands have perfected.  I'm digging it.  Look at the list of bands in the review.  Odds are if you like most of them, you'll like this.  If you don't...well, don't click any of the links below.

Chris Akin



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