Ramon : How often do you encounter a band that plays with a speed faster than a speed train, without actually becoming convincingly aggressive? You don't have to fear that with Dimension Zero at all. Even if they would play a song from Sesame Street, it would still be convincingly. Or 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees, of which a version is said to be circulating. It is not featured on my copy though. These twelve tracks are of true grace and class and they breathe something true, not to fall into black metal terms. Bat besides all that, musically it is a very interesting band. Their third work 'He Who Shall Not Bleed' brings out the best from all corners of the metal genres. It's never weary and the pure death metal is filled up with melodies full of fantasy, mostly played mid-tempo.
Dimension Zero is a band of friends, with individual successes in an imposing list of bands. Singer Jocke made name in Marduk, in which he was both singer and drummer up until 1995. Guitarist Jesper Strömblad is the founding member and guitarist of In Flames. Well, you can hear that back in Dimension Zero. Don't fear that. Furthermore, he put his stamp as a guitarist on HammerFall and Sinergy. He also plays bass in Dimension Zero. Daniel Antonnson (guitar) made name in Dark Tranquility and Soilwork. Drummer Hans Nilsson has left his traces as well, what to think of Luciferion and Dark Tranquility. But a resume like that is no guarantee to have a good band. With so many experiences, it could easily become an ego fest, in which nothing is achieved. Well, I'll give you that guarantee; this is a must for the ones who like aggressive and melodic metal.
'He Who Shall Not Bleed' sounds like the most fanatic In Flames album ever. The comparison with our own God Dethroned emerges on more than one occasion. Especially the vocals sound nearly identical. But the straight-in-your-face metal, blended with melodic loops and thrashy riffs contribute to that even more. My only point of criticism is the closing song, 'Way To Shine', which is a bit poppy gothic in my opinion. And the spoken parts in some songs are a bit unnecessary in my opinion. But hey, you try things out every now and then. The rest of the disk makes it all up. They chose a natural production, which is quite a relief to me. It has become too easy to give your band more balls in a studio. But then you have to play your songs live and you have a serious problem. Dimension Zero does not do too many tours, due to their individual schedules, but if you ever get the opportunity to see them live: GO!