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Dirge
Alma | Baltica
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Heavy/Extreme
Reviewer: David Loveless
Published: 3/9/2018
French atmospheric sludge deliver their first EP of post-apocalyptic dreariness
Without a doubt, Dirge creates music for the post-apocalypse. Across six LP's, they've transformed their sound from Industrial Metal to straight up dreadful, atmospheric sludge doom, in which every songs sounds as if it represents the end of mankind. On their first ever EP, 'Alma|Baltica', Dirge sheds the vocals for 35 minutes worth of instrumental tracks that build from simple guitar chords and conclude with raging atmospherics and tones that are soothing, yet eerie in structure. Stand out tracks include "Alma", "Black Shore", and "Baltica". Whether you're a fan of Dirge or looking for something new, 'Alma|Baltica' is a must listen!

About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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