The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: Dimension Zero – Silent Night Fever
Continuing right along with my tread through melodic death metal, last week covering Soilwork’s Natural Born Chaos, an album many fans know about, I decided this time I would go over a band that isn’t obscure but rather less talked about than other melo-death bands. A side project of former In Flames guitarists Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström, Dimension Zero formed back in 1995, but not until 2002 did they release their debut full-length album; the fast, brutal and intense, Silent Night Fever.
Dimension Zero are quick to show they mean business as the first seconds of the opening title track, “Silent Night Fever” explode with fast-paced riffs and never ending blast beats. The degree of insanity only becomes higher when Jocke enters the action with his screeching screams. It’s quite evident that these guys are pissed off, as each track, save for “Slow Silence”, pretty much follow the same formula; relentless drumming, roaring vocals, ripping guitar riffs and bass lines that more than anything provide rhythm support and most of the time follow the drums. Silent Night Fever if anything, showcases both the bands influence and love for the old-school thrash sound.
Dimension Zero – “Silent Night Fever”
Silent Night Fever really isn’t a technical album at all; in fact it’s quite simplistic, but the formula Dimension Zero use works extremely well, and it’s an album that you really don’t get tired of listening too. Sure you may not find yourself playing this album all the time, but when you do come back to it after months or even years, you immediately remember why you initially enjoyed it. It’s an addictive and very catchy album which is the beauty of Silent Night Fever, it doesn’t try to outdo itself by raising the bar or offering mind melting technicality. Instead it just provides straight up aggressive metal that is sure to please any fan of the genre.
A few of the standout tracks on this album are “The Murder Inn”, which bursts right into the brutality, but it’s the overly catchy chorus that makes this song a standout. “Your Darkest Hour” has a bit of an In Flames influence to it, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, seeing as the main songwriters of the band were once a part of In Flames. There’s the clean intro, clean outro and those trademark Gothenburg riffs galore, but it doesn’t mean the rhythm section slows or the blast beats stop, it’s still an energetic and furious track. “Not Even Dead” will stick in your heard for having not only containing another catchy chorus, but the use of clean vocals makes for a nice addition to the song. And to bring the album to a close, “Slow Silence”, with its slow, brooding and somewhat morose ending, is quite fitting after the barrage of aggression they laid out beforehand.
Overall, it’s a solid album from this Swedish outfit that I would highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity and The Duskfall. Silent Night Fever, while not breaking any new ground for melodic death metal, is still an album worthy of being added to anyones collection.
Dimension Zero – “Not Even Dead”