Dagoba - Post Mortem Nihil Est (2013) - Vas-y, vas-y, vas-y, vas-y, vas-y! - 90% (26/05/14)
Officially, the French band Dagoba is classified as groove or industrial metal but the four guys from Marseille also have a clear melodic death metal and metalcore touch. For the purists that might now be discouraged, I can assure you that this band is definitely atmospheric and heavy enough to be relevant for those who don’t know or like the genre. This band has nothing to do with the predictable song structures of Rammstein and Company or the worn-out signature riffs by Pantera and their followers. Dagoba plays in its very own league and their new record "Post Mortem Nihil Est" which means "There is nothing after death" in Latin proves this fact again and should even convince those who were still in doubt about it.
The mixture of brutal riffs and a constant dark atmosphere that is almost cinematic at certain points meets a few experimental ideas in form of acoustic guitars and symphonic samples. The vocals show also an increased quality. The melodic parts are catchier and more harmonic than ever and the dirtier parts simply take no prisoners. Brutal neck breakers meet more thought out song structures on this release that has no obvious album highlight but no filler as well. It’s the kind of grower record that sounds good at first try and only keeps getting better if you really take your time to discover many of the detailed tracks on this album.
The band’s fifth record is a continuation of what they have done before but they sound more flexible and more mature than ever. Old fans should adore this release and potential new fans should start right here with this record to discover the most relevant French metal band of the last decade along with Gojira and The Old Dead Tree.
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