Dimension Zero - _This Is Hell_
(Regain Records, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
With Dimension Zero's first full-length scorcher _Silent Night Fever_
still ringing in my ears from the countless times I've spun it, the
prospect of a new album that might retain the sheer metallic energy,
driving riffs and pummeling rhythms of its predecessor was simply
mouth-watering. And this is it: _This Is Hell_. Unfortunately however,
while _Silent Night Fever_ got about as close to Swedish melodic death
metal perfection as anyone has come since At the Gates' _Slaughter of
the Soul_, this new effort is a bit lacking in the inspiration
department. This is essentially more of the same (which in this case
is not a bad thing), with perhaps a little more mid-era In Flames
thrown in here and there. The energy hasn't gone stale in the least,
and you can still find some great cuts, but alas the incredible
memorability and repeatability of _Silent Night Fever_ has not been
matched this time. On its own, _This Is Hell_ would probably have
earned an even higher rating, but compared to its predecessor it has
to be called a bit of a disappointment. _Silent Night Fever_ is a
fundamental album, while _This Is Hell_ is just part two: it provides
lots of fun, abundant energy, good riffs and cool melodies, but it
will stay in the shadow of its predecessor.
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