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Dirge - Down, Last Level album

Dirge - Down, Last Level album
  • Performer Dirge
  • Title Down, Last Level
  • Date of release 1998
  • Style Noise
  • Other formats DMF DXD VQF ADX WAV MP2 APE
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1188 mb
  • Size FLAC 1296 mb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 209

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Dirge was formed near Paris in 1994. The original band members were Marc T. (guitar, programming) and Laurent P. (vocals, programming). Three demo tapes were recorded during this first period. This first change in the line-up coincided with a noisier and less electronic curve: dark, tortured, and dissonant, the first album Down, Last Level was released in 1998. In 1999, Alain B. (drums) and Christophe "Zomb" D. (machines) joined the band. Re-humanized with the use of a real drum, the music of Dirge became much more massive and stifling, as the guitars became the center of gravity with the release of the second album Blight And Vision Below A Faded Sun (released in 2000 on the own band’s label, Blight Records).

Down Last Level" is the debut full-length album by French post metal act Dirge. The album was released by the band themselves in 1998. The music style is slow and crushingly heavy post metal which reminds me a bit of Neurosis mid- to late nineties output. Dirge is no Neurosis clone though. They certainly have their own style. In addition to the crushingly slow heavy riffing there are programming and samples in the music too which work to great effect and create a bleak atmosphere. The samples are mostly of people speaking but also just noises that supports the music.

Down Last Level, released in 1998, is the overlooked debut studio album by the band. Many post metal bands try to imitate the sounds of bands like Isis and Neurosis and fail miserably. Dirge, while taking obvious influence from these bands, manage to bring something new to the table in the genre of post metal. Various audio clips are used and looped throughout the album, building the intensity of the tracks and makes for unique atmosphere. The final track, "Weak", is a prime example of this, beginning with a rather unsettling 12 minute drone guitar before the song actually begins

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