Power of Metal.dk Review

Dim Mak
The Emergency of Reptilian Altars
Style: Progressive Death Metal
Release date: 9 January, 2012
Playing time: 30:09

Although they are based in New Jersey, their music is a more Florida death metal influenced style. Very technical and interesting with links to bands such as Monstrosity, Death, Morbid Angel, Nile and Hate Eternal. The name Dim Mak is derived from a Chinese defence method based on pushing chi spots to paralyse or kill your opponent. This is already their fourth album and the first with Joey Capizzi on vocals. Guitarist Shaune Kelley (Ripping Corpse/Hate Eternal), Scott Hornick (Ripping Corpse/Alas) on bass and John Longstreth (Origin/Gorguts/The Red Chord on drums complete today's line-up.

The biggest difference from their third album is the new vocalist. His grunts are clear articulated, in a way Dave Vincent (Morbid Angel) used to do. The drums are very variable in tempo and see to it that the music sounds rather technical. Kelley sprays one interesting riff after the other and with technical perfection. Sometimes even the band Atheist enters my mind. Fortunately they don't silt up in a technical mess; they keep focused to the songs. This is a good technical death metal album that will be liked by fans of the bands already mentioned above. There is only one thing that could have been better, only 8 songs and half- an hour of music is a bit too short in my opinion. Three or four songs extra would have done the trick. 

01. Thrice Cursed
02. The Sounds of Carnage
03. The Secrets of the Tides of Blood
04. Between Immensity and Eternity
05. Through the Rivers of Pestilence
06. Fully Disassembled
07. Kutulu
08. The Emergency of Reptilian Altars
Label: Willowtip Records
Distribution: Hammerheart Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 1 January, 2012
Website: www.myspace.com/deathpointstrike