Dyscord - Tirades (Stomp Entertainment)

By taking on a newer and improved direction and employing world class production, Perth metallers Dyscord release their strongest work to date.

When you sit back and think about it, it's the little things that really make a band stand out. In Australia, there are quite a lot of established and emerging bands that tend to sound very similar to many of their influences. Once in a while, you may find a band who does something different and builds on their past efforts.

With their latest release Tirades, Perth's Dyscord deliver some blistering new material that demonstrates the band's progression and heads towards establishing it's own sound.

Following the radio-tuning-like industrial introduction that segues into the opener Behold, the album kicks off like a fighter ready to throw down with unrelentless fury in a barrage of heavy riffs, insane drum work, and a massive driving groove.

Normally the intensity stops and momentum is lost after a crushing opener; well, that's not the case with Tirades: it keeps on flowing throughout in such tracks as The Flaming Catharsis, the Black Dahlia Murder-like The Murderhorn, the hypnotic groove of Saguntum, the thrashier Beneath The Callous and Divergence, and the Carcass Heartwork-era-like tracks in You Sir, Are A Gentleman And A Scholar. Then we come to the closer The Apparatus, with its use of more melodic guitar parts and dominant vocal attack.

Performance-wise, Dyscord seems like a completely different band in comparison to its previous effort, 2008's Dakota. Gone are the more "core" riffs and in its place is a groove/death metal attack. Guitarists Matthew Herbert and Owen Thomas provide crushing riffs and crazy lead work with an awesome guitar tone to boot; the rhythm section of bassist Raffe Houston and drummer Ashley Large are tight and mechanical and are audible within the mix. Vocalist James Herbert sounds like a man possessed: one who ate sandpaper for lunch and is right in your face, while delivering an excellent and very confident vocal performance.

But really, the standout for Tirades is the production values. The band enlisted uber-producer Jason Suecof (God Forbid, Trivium, Kataklysm) to handle mixing duties, and Alan Douches (Nile, Every Time I Die) in the mastering department. These guys have given Tirades a world-class sound.

One thing that does shy a bit away on Tirades is the fact that some of the material can sound a bit repetitive; some of the riffs and percussion, and some of the vocal styles, although performed well, do have a constant and occasionally one-dimensional sound.

Overall, Tirades is Dyscord's finest effort to date with its stepped up compositions/performances and the excellent production values. With this release, Dyscord could possibly be on their way to making a bigger name for themselves home and abroad.

Dyscord's Tirades is out now through Stomp Entertainment