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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.15 | 38 ratings

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4 stars DHG's greatest strength is their originality; '666 International' sounds like no other band in the world. The closest comparison i can come up with is the Industrial Black Metal band 'Aborym'... but DHG is truly one of a kind.

Their musicianship is mechanically tight, but not particularly technical. The progressiveness of their sound lies mostly in their bizarre avant-garde songwriting style, and the way they seamlessly merge a number of different styles together... i have never heard another band mix Metal and Industrial together as well as DHG.

This album is a dystopian nightmare of rhythmic Industrial noise and raging static-laced Black Metal guitars, most of which would sound at home on Ulver's 'Nattens Madrigal', or any early Darkthrone album. The music is harsh, and you must be somewhat of a masochist to appreciate it. Occasionally, though, clean guitars and grand piano find their way into the mix and add an atmospheric melodic layer.

The turbulent scraped-metal soundscapes are violently punctuated by pounding electronic drums which shift between cyber-blasts and machine-gun Industrial beats similar to Laibach or Skinny Puppy.

Every track has an ever-morphing capricious structure; the songs tend to jump (at breakneck speed) from one musical theme and mood to another. The unpredictability of the song-flows create a jarring effect that keeps you on your toes, and never allows you much comfort.

Vocalist 'Aldrahn' manages to keep the more repetitive musical themes interesting with his histrionic style, which is a gravelly mixture of moaning Darkwave, shouted Industrial, and raspy Black Metal.

I recommend this album highly to any Extreme Metal fan with an adventurous spirit... and it helps a lot if you also happen to enjoy avant garde Electronic and Industrial music.

AdamHearst | 4/5 |


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