DisordeR - Mass Destruction
Reviewer: Anas Disi - 2012-09-05
Highlights: "Kill And Slay", "Damaged Society", "Outro... Ya Gaa Trabich Kafour"
For a Thrash Metal band, two-man projects are rarely seen these days -- if ever. For, unlike Black Metal, Thrash Metal requires that each instrument display a certain degree of proficiency for the output to sound good enough for Thrash. DisordeR is one of those rare projects. Now I know that the moment I reveal that the number of men behind this band, all the expectations regarding the quality of the band will be lowered immensely and you'll inevitably prepare yourself for some weird, atmospheric Thrash Metal. Guess again, as this album might sound even better than a fully accessorized band at work and doesn't even need those sound effects to hide anything. Best part?
Unlike most of the virtuosos in other metal projects (Ol' V.V., yes I mean you), the man behind DisordeR, Alex Dawood, shows a certain aptitude in playing the instruments. The lead guitar work is highly impressive on this record as each song soars and soars with solos that come both in expected and unexpected timings. The drums blast on well enough for the tempo of the songs and the rhythm guitar work is nothing short of well-executed, with even some riffs progressing as far as to be catchy. Namely those used in, "Kill And Slay" and "Damaged Society.” Even the bass, which sounded generic in first few tracks, erupted into a five-second bass-line that blew my mind in, "H.O.D" and ultimately proved me wrong.
As for the songwriting, also probably done by Alex, it was good for what it is intended for. Fun, perhaps a bit too generic for Thrash Metal though it had a few progressive hints here and there. The dissecting solos and riff intersect on a somewhat technical level, making this not just another random thrash EP, if Alex were to polish it, it might have the ability to compete in the global field of modern Thrash Metal. A few riffs sound familiar but not enough to be called stolen, especially in the intro work, which bears some significant similarities to Mastodon's "Hearts Alive" and Metallica's "The Call Of Ktulu".
Finally, we come to the vocals. They are perhaps the weakest point on this record and probably showcases our local scene's problem with vocalists, as no one wants to truly work their chords on clean vocal lines. The vocalist's power is alright and his style isn't particularly annoying, however, his problem lies in his monotonous tone. It repeats and repeats with the aggravating sound of same-shit-same-shit kind of stuff throughout most of the album, kinda like a semi-bad version of Mille Petrozza.
Overall, the album is quite an enjoyable listen with more than simple blasting Thrash Metal. Though, the band could really use a vocal coach or even perhaps a change in the vocalist. In addition, DisordeR put together a very interesting cover for an outro and one I enjoyed despite its short length.