MetalBite Review by Michael on 7/31/2002
Started way back in 1996 by ex-In Flames
members Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström, the original idea for Dimension Zero
(then called Agent Orange
) was to create something with the (then) intensity of In Flames
, but to take it a step further creating a faster and more brutal approach. The In Flames
influences are definitely still present; smooth melodic guitar lines and classic choruses, but thrown in are some seriously fast and thrashy guitar lines, almost black metal like at times, which give the music an edge over the beginnings of the band...
This is a good melodic death/thrash record, don't get me wrong there. But like many others, it has been done and done and done already. The overall result I hear in "Silent Night Fever"
is that of In Flames
’ melody mixed with the grind of At The Gates
meets the straight out thrash speed of Children of Bodom
. Now obviously this is a great combination, but I am a big fan of originality and this CD contains next to no original ideas...which is unfortunate, because these guys can really play.
However, the production on this album is above average for a medium to small band. There are some small but very effective vocal effects strewn throughout the record that add an interesting touch. Both the guitars and drums are mixed well with the vocals, the mix is big on bottom end but has been compressed enough to sit flat and not move anywhere. Dynamically this CD is very flat; there is not a lot of shift once each song starts. You are hit with the traditional wall of sound and it doesn’t relent until the song is over.
The songs themselves are well constructed and well written, but basically all fit into one of two distinct categories. The first category is the more melodic In Flames
style songs; although they sound very similar it can be excused for obvious reasons. Then comes style two, which is the more speed-thrashy type. It is this second type which makes up the majority of the songs that unfortunately makes the album a little repetitive, but to the metalheads out there who just want to jump up and down, punch the air and swish their hair around this album is a godsend.
All in all, this is a good thrasy melodic-death album. The songs are hard hitting, the production is good and the vocals will tear your head off. I'm just looking for more variation somewhere around here.....
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10