DEAD ALONE – Nemesis
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 21-12-2014
Death metal when done correctly evokes dark feelings, trapped in the recesses of your mind awaiting to be unlocked. Germany’s Dead Alone on their fourth studio album "Nemesis" probably gain a lot of fans because of this aspect, as these 11 tracks reach into the despair you used to experience with early Paradise Lost, Cemetary, and My Dying Bride – take through a more gothic filter at times musically to counterbalance the screams and growls of bassist/vocalist Florian Hefft.
The twisted guitar harmonies that surround the tribal, almost classic doom number "Eclipse" as well as the old school trilling against a steady double bass platform on "Watch Me Fall" push Dead Alone into the older European death style, although their gothic leanings come from that same period to give the quartet distinction. Often using measured words during choruses adds to the deep seated chill/horror factor. We get 2 versions of "Confession" as well – conventional and a goth-mix, the latter a little more cyber-sounding especially in the drum and keyboard departments.
"Nemesis" isn’t for those who love shred/technical outputs – this comes from a deeper, musical landscape. As such this is pretty good material.