Earthendium EP
New Jersey’s doom death band Disma return with an ep full of new material with three great songs. I’m still hoping there’s a full length in the works as their 2011 debut Towards the Megalith was released some time ago. As an ardent Disma supporter of a rack of their merch, all their music and reviewing their last several eps/comp I mention wanting a full length because Disma are one of the best bands playing this style of death metal.


Chris Demydenko is the newest member, on drums, joining Bill Venner on guitar, Randi Stokes on bass and Craig Pillard on vocals as well as picking up the guitar once again.
“Imprecation of Diabolical Scourge” starts off the ep as their first new music in 5 long years. No need for intros just a monster bottom heavy opening moment with the killer Disma guitar sound and that distorted bass is rumbling heaviness you would find on a Mortician album. It’s heavier than past bass mixes on Disma releases. It’s so heavy it may cause the brown note in you. The sludgy down tuned filthy heaviness at the 1.40 part is devastating as Craig proves himself as one of the best old school death metal vocalists, ever. I harnessed some more of his deep bellows from his Incantation days on the second Internal Bleeding album, The Extinction of Benevolence in 1997; specifically on the real low parts ending “Plagued By Catharsis”, so now you know his vocal impact on me. This sludgy doomy AF moment will transport you to a dark forest as ghouls and goblins begin to fight and serpents wrap themselves around your crew and squish you all to death.

The double bass drums and drum production are heavy and organic. No TAF ( triggered as fuck) drums; thank the dark lord. This makes the music even heavier. “Beyond the Dimensionless” starts slow and dirgy and the 51 minute mark is the Holy Shit moment. Isolated guitar riff, that rather go into a fast part, goes into a mid-paced rumbling heaviness that is chest collapsing. Furthermore, the song gets into a 90’s era faster moment which then slows back down and that fuzzy bass guitar mix is perfect!!
Craig’s enunciated vocals come through better than ever and how he holds out certain words with extending an S here and there sounds like he’s a snake at times; making those moments quite sinister. The song has a variety of speeds and nice drum rolls at the 4.50 part before the doom death heaviness returns to wreak havoc on our souls. This is one of the doomiest songs Disma has ever written.
The ep ends with the close to 9-minute title track. Killer mid paced opening with Craig letting out a low demonic growl. The song speeds up then slows back down. The rumbling distorted bass will crush your spine like 9,000 cinder blocks. The ultra-heavy doom part, towards the songs end, is the heaviest Disma moment yet. Saving that best for last approach. The title track is monstrous.

Disma’s Earthendium ep is excellent. The change in style is Disma actually doing no blast beats at all. Quite a departure since their 2017 ep The Graveless Remains. So subtract their previous moments of blasts with even slower doom death moments. The band really latching on to the doom death genre and quite honestly smoking the competition out there.  I would have liked a blast thrown in here and there, like how it was scorchingly done on the title track of their last ep.

This is true early 90’s filthy death metal having an organic production to snap your body in half. The ep cover is great and I briefly described their sound earlier in the review to coincide with this killer cover. Disma are back mofos, they need your support- so get the ep, pick up some merch and hot damn this is the best ep for 2022. Nothing will top this!

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Written by Frank Rini
August 5th, 2022


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