(7/10) Doom-thrash powerhouse Dream Death have a history that goes back till the beginning of the 80's. "Journey into Mystery" was the band's debut, released in 1987. But the future for Dream Death wasn't too rosy and the guys decided to disband in 1989.
22 years later, in 2011, Dream Death found some common ground again. They start to play some shows again and also went for a new album. "Somnium Excessum" was the name of the disc that is followed right here and now by the third strike called "Dissemination".
The new longplayer features ten new songs that are positioned somewhere between doom, thrash and death. Probably the percentage of death metal is the least while most of the tracks are based on thrash that is enriched by some down-tuned doom riff. The title track is one example of this combination, listening to the Sabbath-like doom riff that kicks-in after the spoken words intro has been said.
Talking about spoken words, a highlight is the creepy "Crawling" that gives you the shivers. Another pretty cool song is "Dominion", a track that feels like a mixture of Possessed and Celtic Frost.
After having heard the entire album few times I must say that Dream Death has the potential for writing quite exciting songs. Unfortunately not each of the ten tracks shows this potential. Over time things are too much of the same only different. The positive part of that is the fact that Dream Death sticks to their pattern, but the downside is a lack of some more unexpected twists.
- Expendable Blood Flow
- The Cold Hard Light
- All in Vain
- The Other Side
- Nothing Ever Will
- Neutral Ground
- In Perpetuum
Label: Rise Above Records
Genre: Doom/Thrash Metal
Release Date EU: March 4th, 2016