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Dead Alone
Nemesis




Company: Supreme Chaos
Release: 2014
Genre: Death, black
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Impresses and depresses



  • Munich unleashes Dead Alone on the world, a blackened death quartet responsible for "Nemesis", the band's latest offering. After one listen through "Nemesis", I have to say that I am glad I stumbled upon this band.

    Featuring a mix of melodeath ala Amon Amarth and a healthy injection of classic black metal in the vein of Emperor and Darkthrone, Dead Alone meld the two styles together into a seamless union of doomy and darkened death metal. Opening track "Nemesis" gets off to a roaring start delivering classic death metal riffs and staccato drumming and very guttural vocals with a few melodic flourishes. "Eclipse" (I wonder if it's a nod to Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse"), follows as the first taste of black metal on the album. Epically haunting and dark, this track really appeals to the black metal fan in me with the classic church bell intro and the atmospheric quality of the music. If you sit and listen to this in a dark room with your eyes closed, you’ll be transported to swirling fjord in Norway. The vocals on this track also seem to be inspired by Emperor as well, given the resemblance to Ihsahn's delivery and cadence. As the album progresses through tracks, it becomes clear the band's love for death metal yet equally wanting to keep things dark and atmospheric with a black metal tinge. Tracks like "Of Ash & Flesh", "Wreckage" and "As Worlds Collide" (an appropriate title) offer a blend of the two styles that impresses and depresses the listener all at once.

    This album is a very eclectic listen that keeps you twisting and turning through many soundscapes as the album gradually pulls you in.




    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    2014
    Greg Watson11/24/2015


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