DIMESLAND‘s debut full-length album, Psychogenic Atrophy, sees its CD release through the cultivators of disobedient audio at Crucial Blast this Friday.
Appearing at the end of 2014 as a digital-only, self-released title, Oakland, California-based DIMESLAND‘s Psychogenic Atrophy made an immediate and powerful impression upon those who heard it, invaded numerous end-of-year/best-of lists, and flattened just about everyone who encountered it. An in-house favorite, Crucial Blast was so blown away by this album that the label wanted to make it available as a physical release, reissuing Psychogenic Atrophy on CD in digipack packaging that features subtly unnerving cover art from Swiss photographer and performance artist Chantal Michel. This album cannot be recommend enough if you’re a fan of avant-garde death metal and progressive thrash, as DIMESLAND have produced a work of challenging, terrifying extreme metal which stands amongst the more unconventional likes of Gorguts, Cynic, Confessor, Voivod, Deathspell Omega and the like.
Shortly after the initial digital release of Psychogenic Atrophy as DIMESLAND was preparing to tour heavily on the new album, guitarist Drew Cook tragically passed away. While this leaves the future of the band uncertain for the time being, the remaining members — Drew’s brother, guitarist Nolan Cook, drummer Harland Burkhart, and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace — continue to honor their fallen comrade’s memory, and this new physical version of Psychogenic Atrophy is meant to do exactly that, even commemorating Drew in the new layout.
View the nightmarish new trailer DIMESLAND has created commemorating the physical manifestation of their works at THIS LOCATION.
Crucial Blast will issue the six-panel digipak CD version of DIMESLAND‘s Psychogenic Atrophy this Friday, November 20th. Orders for the CD can be placed HERE, and the digital version through the band HERE.
With members of art rock legends The Residents’ touring band and blackened prog-doom ensemble Wild Hunt amongst their ranks, DIMESLAND released the promising Creepmoon EP a couple of years prior, but even that only hinted at just how maniacal the band’s sound was to become. The eight songs on Psychogenic Atrophy combine dizzying musical complexity and fearsome dissonance with a sort of off-kilter thrash. Frantically barked vocals are employed judiciously, allowing the band to weave long stretches of instrumental mayhem. Violent, discordant riffs are folded around psychotic time signature changes, and then suddenly expand into passages of moody, doom-laden darkness. Cyclical rhythms churn beneath waves of dense, alien sound, and spastic skronk-assaults suddenly swerve into vicious angular thrash. And these guys have some serious chops. Psychogenic Atrophy‘s brutality is sharpened by their technical precision and prowess and driven by utterly frenetic drumming. But it’s also a heavily layered album, each listen revealing added details and degrees of delirium. Intense stuff for sure, with an unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere that makes this album stand out further amongst the progressive metal horde. There is a surreal, ever-present malevolence lurking under the surface of these songs.