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Review: Dimman – Guide My Fury

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When it comes to melodic death metal, it has been a dry well in many parts of the world. This year however, it would seem that Finland is one of few reserves still rich with originality and lush with the fruit of flawless harmonies and unrelenting riffs. Released on the 25th of August, the new sophomore EP Guide My Fury is the new slice of heaven offered by none other than Dimman.

Like a strong wind capable of tearing the roof off a house, the title track “Guide My Fury” comes in completely by surprise in a flurry of guitar leads guided by a thunderous thrash beat. The vocals are of course death metal, but what makes them special is that they sound exactly as I would have expected the voice of the Grim Reaper to sound. This is a lost art; in this age of bellowing, yelling, squealing, gargling, screaming, and pitch shifting, you’d think a standard death growl was forgotten. Nevertheless, the impact of the song is the way those positive guitar leads match the darkness of the vocals so well without coming across as fruity. The aspect that completes this track however, is the mellow interlude which builds up to a sweet yet modest guitar solo.

The feel of “Harbinger” is in a bit of an odd time signature before taking flight and soaring off. I would love to listen to this track while going sky-diving or on a boat cruise because it feels like a journey that gives you a view of the world. Indeed, this track is plentiful in melodies and is capitalized upon by another sweet and simple solo. Though it is just over three minutes, it always feels like it passes by too quickly. As I say many times with songs, it is better to leave early and have them wanting more rather than hanging around and overstaying your welcome.

“My Head My Prison” is the EPs best song as far as I am concerned. It’s not fast, some would argue it’s not even heavy, but when listeners hear the melancholy harmony just a few seconds into the track, they will be both consumed and addicted, for truly, it is the sadder sounding songs that have the most beautiful sounding harmonies. Vocally, there is a lot of feeling in the growls, and most certainly the cleans in what seems to be the pre-chorus. Though this is a song of self reflection, the numerous melodies we come across will make it feel like a walk through a garden.

Going for more of a battle feel, “Pitch Black Morning” is one the more complex songs guitar-wise. Unfortunately, the flow of the verses did not work for me; I felt they held back a lot of momentum that had being built up to by the intro. Some of the segments that had impressive displays of guitar musicianship would have sounded better without the distraction of the vocals. Now these guys are great musicians and songwriters, so I think perhaps the track would have been better if it was longer and had progressions that led to the differing segments of the song – the whole song does feel a bit rushed, but that is not to say that this track is still an impressive display considering the more simplistic approaches of their other songs.

As a bonus, the EP ends with an orchestral version of “My Head My Prison”. I’ll be honest, it does not begin to compare to the original, but it does not stop one from appreciating the approach with the synth keys and what I believe is the nylon string guitar. Not having vocals, this track could work great as a lullaby for listeners that have children.

This whole album has, for the most part, not really felt like a work to be judged or critiqued, but rather a work of art to merely be observed, and ultimately admired. It is strongly deserving of 9.5/10.

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