'Dhist' is the first of three e.p.'s Cinemuerte is about to release in the next few months. The band, formed in 2002, has already released three full-lengths and is able to include some big names, like producer Waldemar Sorychta (who was partly responsible for aftermath of the gothic metal scene with bands like Tiamat, The Gathering, Moonspell and Samael) and Moonspell's Ricardo Amorim on guitar. So it seems like this Portuguese band is ready to go all the way for their music. But does that make a good album? Well, the answer might be a bit disappointing, although it's not really negative.
In fact, 'Dhist' is not a bad e.p. but it does raise some questions. First, where does this
music belong? It's somewhere between alternative rock and romantic sounding metal. At some moments the music reminds me of bands like Him (but heavier) or Otep (but with more melody) and sometimes a bit of Lacuna Coil or The Gathering comes shining through. All of the mentioned bands are actually pretty decent stepping stone bands, getting young people to listen to other music and expanding their taste.
Second question, haven't we heard this before? Well, yes we have, many times but there's a lot of stuff we heard many times before. Actually, that's what revivals do. They bring back the feeling of those good old days while luring in new fans. Those fans will eventually come up with another revival and so on. The five tracks on 'Dhist' actually do the same. They remind me of the midcard bands on many festivals, a nice discovery if they play a solid live set.
Third question, is it good or bad? Well, I played the e.p. a few times while writing this
review and once I'm past all the musical references I trap my feet mimicing the drums. I
actually start liking most of the tracks, especially Heaven's Not Too Far and The Park. The electronics are well balanced and the songwriting is more than decent.
Final question, so what's the problem? This album raises expectations and responsabilities for Cinemuerte, not only for the following e.p.'s but also towards future live performances. There's a thin line between being the next big thing and sinking away in an enormous pool of alternative rock bands. 'Dhist' proves that this is an experienced band that knows a thing or two about songwriting. Let's just hope they can also deliver on stage...