Force Fed Lies review by Dirge Within

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  • Released: Sep 1, 2009
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (14 votes)
Dirge Within: Force Fed Lies
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Sound — 8
While Lamb of God are the closest thing metalheads have to a replacement for Pantera, it's refreshing when a new band like Dirge Within pops up on the scene, with loads of mid-tempo riffs, layers of vocals that switch from screams, growls to layered harmonies and lots of balls that doesn't try to do anything fancy other than play some face-melting metal. Featuring former Soil guitarist Shaun Glass, Dirge Within move in a much more metal direction than Glass' former outfit. Forever the Martyr is easily the album's best and most commercial accessible slab of metallic hard rock, thanks to its unexpectedly catchy chorus, delivered by Jerms, the new man on the national metal scene, so to speak. Fans of Lamb of God, Slipknot and lots of early-in-the-decade metal bands that no longer exist, and no, I don't mean nu metal bands, will find Force Fed Lies to be both nostalgic and forward-moving. I'm talking bands like Nothingface, that had punch and melody. There's some shredding, a hint of Swedish guitar melody and a real attitude that is omnipresent on a rager like album opener Self-Medicate or Spit, while the choppy, semi-deathy title track, which has a very European metal mid-section starting at two minutes in, kicks worlds of ass. Then there is the slower yet just as combustible Confession, which demonstrates the band's range without coloring too far outside of the lines its drawn for itself. If it's tons of tech'ish guitar work and chunky anthems you seek, you'll find it on Force Fed Lies.

Lyrics — 8
As previously stated, Jerms will be new to metalheads outside of the Midwest, and that's just fine. He sounds like he gargled with a potent cocktail of battery acid and whiskey before cutting his vocals to tape in the studio. He's not far removed from LOG's D. Randall Blythe or DevilDriver's Dez Fafara, with his phlegm-soaked delivery. He's not trying to be some philosophical lyricist, but he uses a lot of easy-to-remember catch phrases that factory workers, truckers and those who like to get amped up on testosterone at a metal show! Samples lyrics: The endless aggression is my only friend or Self-medicate the pain / To escape this life of shame. It's very common speaking, but it gets the message across to those who want to hear it. And yes, that includes the ladies who like to get nasty in the pit! Jerms is a welcome addition to the metal world and his work on Force Fed Lies is impressive. He doesn't try to test his range unnaturally and doesn't sing too much. He spends most of his time using a guttural vocal and that increases the metal quotient on the record.

Overall Impression — 8
While the trend in metal is deathcore and synth-plus-vocoder mosh, Dirge Within stick to a more traditional style of metal, one that doesn't touch trends. Instead, Glass and his cohorts remember their forefathers like Pantera, with a focus on the guitar, the riffs and real instruments, instead of all the studio trickery that defines the aforementioned styles. It's a treat when a band focuses on a singular pursuit of playing uncompromising metal instead of trying to cater to or follow trends and Dirge Within does just that.

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    Kelicon
    Saw these guys open for Static X.... they we're very impressive. Didn't play a bad song. Excited the albums finally out, gonna have to check it out
    webbtje
    While Lamb of God are the closest thing metalheads have to a replacement for Pantera, its refreshing when a new band like Dirge Within pops up on the scene, with loads of mid-tempo riffs, layers of vocals that switch from screams, growls to layered harmonies and lots of balls that doesnt try to do anything fancy other than play some face-melting metal.
    Lol, that sounds like half the Roadrunner roster to me. Album isn't anything special. It's all been done before, quite often better, and there isn't anything to make it stand out from the pack.
    ironmidgit
    if you think lamb of God is the closest thing to pantera we got..... you clearly havent given a perfect murder a try yet! check out strenght through vengeance and happy shredding!
    hildesaw
    I am really crazy excited for this album. I've seen them a few times, and on Sept. 19 I'm going to be playing with them, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, and Trivium. For some reason that doesn't seem possible for me, but it's happening!
    Shustermeister
    Listened to pieces of the album on AOL today, and it sounds promising to my tastes. However its probably going to get alot of hate in the UG-Metal crowd.
    metal overlord
    YES!! THEY ARE AMAZING Saw them as the BOTB winner for the Jag stage at Mayhem in Chicago. Local guys, too. Had the honor to meet them, great guys, great band.
    da.benson8r
    metal overlord : YES!! THEY ARE AMAZING Saw them as the BOTB winner for the Jag stage at Mayhem in Chicago. Local guys, too. Had the honor to meet them, great guys, great band.
    i was there too, sick way to open the show. i agree, didnt play a bad song, wicked heavy riffs. awesome band, cool guys, great album. probably should have bought a shirt of theirs...
    skeleton923
    I've been seeing Dirge play since they were absolutely nothing, playing tiny little bar shows around Chicagoland. I met the band on multiple occasions and Jerms even came to see my band play at a battle of the bands. I haven't gotten a chance to buy the cd yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
    Shredder Guitar
    hildesaw wrote: I am really crazy excited for this album. I've seen them a few times, and on Sept. 19 I'm going to be playing with them, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, and Trivium. For some reason that doesn't seem possible for me, but it's happening!
    very nice brah! good luck!
    Teebs88
    Just listened to the opening track and I want to smack this repoter...
    "Instead, Glass and his cohorts remember their forefathers like Pantera, with a focus on the guitar, the riffs and real instruments, instead of all the studio trickery that defines the aforementioned styles. Its a treat when a band focuses on a singular pursuit of playing uncompromising metal instead of trying to cater to or follow trends and Dirge Within does just that"
    Within the very first F'in song there's a soft weakstyle newage Killswitchy chorus... and my friends... that is NOT keeping it oldschool/real. I HATE chorus that even sound remotely happy or non-aggressive... this is METAL. If you're going to do a sappy style song... fine... cool... but do it in the vein of This Love or Suicide Note Pt. 1... don't come out swinging... charge everyone up and then pussy up in the chorus... GAWD I HATE THAT.
    hendrix n page
    hildesaw wrote: I am really crazy excited for this album. I've seen them a few times, and on Sept. 19 I'm going to be playing with them, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, and Trivium. For some reason that doesn't seem possible for me, but it's happening!
    That is epic good luck