Written by: Tom
Swimming in the depths of the underworld, there lives a band named Gore Dimension. These Turkish lads only come up for air in order to dispense their brutal death metal upon the legions of fans, fans that will only accept the heaviest, goriest, and nastiest musical offerings set in front of them. With this April's release of Ethereal Realm, those fans got just what they were asking for.
Gore Dimension has a great name, bringing to mind a dimension where the grotesque is normal, as its inhabitants live in a Purge-like state of homicide, where blood and gore are the only rules and everybody loses. Besides the unholy brutality on Ethereal Realm, we will also find samples from one of the most recognizable films, the cult classic, Heavy Metal! This was one of my favorite films, and having those Loc-Nar samples in here really added to my enjoyment of this album. But let's dig in a bit, shall we?
The first full track is called "Summoning for the Endless Obliteration," and opens with one of those samples I mentioned. As soon as the sample stops, so does the heaviness begin, and despite some tempo changes, that heaviness never wavers. There's a technical aspect to some of these riffs, not on the same lines as Allegaeon, but more in line with Cannibal Corpse. The guitars pulverize the listener with rabid intensity, while the lyrics spell out the doom, death, and destruction of man.
"Deception indicated, countless lies buried
A enigmatic behavior; it has rule the deprecated
A voices from absentia are heard
Prelude to the awakening, deadly depths await
Stench of poisons, covered by death
Punishing with unmitigated hellish rage
Echoes of rabid is raising from the casket"
I believe, and I'm fairly confident here, that this track is about crushing the religions that offer their praise to God, or Jesus, or what have you. This verse pretty much spells it out in plain english:
"Scourged in oblivion
Despair is all around
Our hope is chaotic salvation
cursed mass for the death of your false god"
The band ends this track with a perfect sample:
"You have had your first lesson, young one. My evil corrupts the most innocent. I have chosen you because you possess powers you do not yet understand. Look again. Look deep into me. In some worlds, I’m worshiped as God."
"I Savor Like the Entrails of Mad Children" wins the award for the most twisted song title of April. I knew, based only upon the title, that this was going to be one heavy beast of a track; I was not wrong. One of the elements that impressed me was the way the vocals are performed, as there seems to be a jagged, abrasive diction to them. It definitely adds a level to it that I currently don't have a word for, just know this, it's awesome, and you need to hear it. On the musical end of things, this really reminds me of Cannibal Corpse, Corpsegrinder-era C.C., with its buzzsaw guitars, and arrangement. The use of pinch harmonics helps add a razor edge to this amazing track.
"Dimension of gore awaits for fallen breed
I ate their truth and they lost their worthless hope"
"Agateaophobia" is towards the end of this album, but don't let its placement fool you, it's easily one of the best songs presented on Ethereal Realm. I'd have to say my favorite section is the slower part, as the music in it has a lot of room to breathe; I'm not entirely sure why, but for some reason it brings Morbid Angel to my mind. The lyrics for this section are brutal in their execution, and go like this:
"Do not have exterminating on holocaust in its mind
Let them suffer in pleasurable nightmare"
The rest of this one sounds, again, as if Cannibal Corpse was one of many inspirational acts to raise their demonic heads on this album. I'm sure others will hear different bands first, but being a huge C.C. fan, that's what sticks out most to me. "Agateaophobia" is an excellent track, albeit a short one when compared to the others around it.
The last full song is called "Devouring the Gods", and, once again, uses a perfect sample of the Loc-Nar:
"My stories are almost over. I have chosen you because you are the future who could destroy me. With your death, I break the chain for all time. Look into me, one final time."
What I love most about "Devouring the Gods" is the slower, heavily palm-muted riffs that are used for extra flavor. These parts just exude heaviness, and are stylistically more in line with hard-core, than with death metal. The arrangement is also top-tier in my opinion, the way they mesh the quicker parts with the slower sections is musical mayhem of the best variety.
Gore Dimension has put out an album that, in my personal opinion, is one that should be getting a lot more attention then it has been. I only just heard of the band today, and that is a shame; I've also not seen anyone talking about it on social media, which, again, is a shame. With that, I shall leave you to check out this one on their Bandcamp profile. I feel that fans of any extreme music genre will get into the pure power of Gore Dimension. Enjoy!
Note: all lyrics were pulled from the Encyclopaedia Metallum site.
Gore Dimension - Ethereal Realm was released April 10th, 2021
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