Sound — 9
As most of you know, Dark Matter Dimensions (DMD) was the first album without the famed Christian Alvestam. Musically, the band members have all taken a step up. In such songs as "The Iconoclast" and "The Consciousness Eaters", the band shows both their brutal side and their melodic side. The drums have now become a major player, as the double bass is much more prevalant, and the fills and patterns are more technical than ever before. The guitars are thick yet crisp, and the bass is underlying, making the music heavier, but it's there nonetheless. The only issue I have is with the song "Mechanical Soul Cybernetics". I hate the vocals in this song, and the guitars sound like they're pulling off of Meshuggah a bit. Overall, great job musically.
Lyrics — 9
Simply put, the lyrics on this album are just flat out amazing. Take this example from the song, "The Consciousness Eaters". Deep inside the human heart, Aspects of ourselves are shunned To become the mental scavengers So the process starts. Come rejoice in fallen stars Aim to tear the world apart Drain the consciousness of humanity. The two new singers, Roberth Karlsson and Lars Palmqvist, did indeed have big shoes to fill, but fill them they did. Roberth's growls sound straight out of the depths of hell, and his higher vocals (not screams persay) are actually much better than Alvestam's. Lars, on the other hand, is a bit less apt at his cleans, but there are many places where he stands out, IE "A Parenthesis In Eternity". His soaring vocals also take a major role in the happy-sounding chorus of "The Iconoclast". Once again, the only gripe I have is with "Mechanical Soul Cybernetics", but who knows, whoever reads this may like it.
Overall Impression — 9
DMD is just about even with Holographic Universe. It has its good parts and its ok parts. "The Iconoclast", "The Consciousness Eaters", "Noumenon and Phenomenon", and "A Parenthesis In Eternity" are definitely the standout tracks on the album. The album is most definitely worth a download, if not a purchase. Fans of Into Eternity, Dark Tranquility, Raintime, and the more melodic of melodic death metal will like this album.