Dim Mak - _Intercepting Fist_
by: Brian Meloon (
Dim Mak consists of three-fifths of Ripping Corpse, so you could confidently expect this to be a tight, professional, technical slab of death metal. And on all of those counts, it delivers. However, this disc has the same effect on me as Cryptopsy's _Whisper Supremacy_ does: it's a repetitive mess of brutality. Like Cryptopsy's _None So Vile_, Dim Mak's previous album _Enter the Dragon_ had a very important and difficult-to-acquire feature: the songs were catchy and memorable. However, on this album, Dim Mak de-emphasized the groovy, catchy riffs of their debut in favor of a more brutal and denser sound. The result is certainly more aggressive and heavier, but it quickly gets repetitive. In addition, aside from a few places, the riffs are less technical than on their debut. The production doesn't help matters either, as it's muddy sounding and the riffs don't stand out clearly. On all these counts, this album is inferior to their debut. Fans of hardcore-inspired death metal should search out _Enter the Dragon_, and skip this offering.
(article published 12/4/2002)
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