The Graveless Remains EP

So while we wait with bated breath for the long overdue to Disma’s follow-up to their 2011 debut Towards the Megalith the band has put out this new ep featuring the title track: “The Graveless Remains” and “Sempiternal Deformity”.  Some new line-up changes as well.  Guitarist Daryl Kahan and drummer Shawn Edlridge are out.  Taking over second guitar, next to Bill Venner, is non-other than vocalist, Craig Pillard.  Enter in Craig Smilowski-ex-Immolation on drums.  We have 2 brand new tunes, that are so damn great, it sucks we have to wait until 2018 for the second Disma album.  The ep has been released on 12” vinyl and as a digital download.

The Graveless Remains title track, at close to six-minutes gets things under way with an isolated drum beat with bass guitar before the guitars and Craig’s bellows come roaring through your speakers.  The guitars sound just as heavy as their debut album and even a little clearer.  Around the 1 minute mark we get into the Holy Shit moment with the isolated bass guitar, and boom, right into a blast beat.  Ferocious sounding.  The tune gets into some doom death groove a short time later.  The guitar melodies at the 2.25 section are wonderful with some killer sounding drums and Mr. Pillard’s vocals sound just as filthy and mean as ever.  The beginning sound of the album, comes roaring back, fast with brutal death bashing and some awesome drum rolls, during the slow part, a short while later.  More isolated awesome bass guitar, with the distortion and bottom-heaviness of Mortician, I must point out, then goes into a mid-paced rumbling and Craig vomiting forth some classic 90’s era growls, which he perfected over 2 decades ago.

“Sempiternal Deformity” is up next and at over 8 minutes begins with pure classic Disma funeral doom death dirge type of heaviness.  Monstrously depressive in its cavernous, suffocating heaviness, you will be slaughtered from this track.  The song has a great mid-paced rumbling and Bill’s guitar tone is heavier than you are after Thanksgiving Dinner.  The wonderful down-tuned depressive guitar riff at the 2.25 part and haunting guitar melody coming forth is a thing of beauty.  Around the 3.10 section some faster moments begin to take shape and then going back into that mid-paced crushing groove and Craig unleashing some outstanding growls, once again.  Towards the end the awesome catchy guitar riff turns and churns until it’s embedded in your head.  The bottom end heaviness of this track is sure to create chest cavities to implode worldwide and sinkholes opening around the globe until towns are swallowed whole.  The song tapers off with pounding drums, as the mid-pacing meanders towards an epic ending with more killer growls and then it’s all over before you sneezed.  The Graveless Remains has an excellent production with the meaty riffs and drums perfectly mixed in together and the bottom-heavy bass providing the extra oomph, next to Craig’s bellowing vocals.

These 2 songs are fantastic and as a precursor to the sophomore album are only going to make the fans even more hungry for the full-length.  Disma are one of the best death metal acts out there, and also have quite a lot of shirts available for a band with only one full length album.  However; just like their music, it’s all about quality.  Their merchandise is second to non, as I am a proud owner of many long and short sleeves.  The Graveless Remains is the best ep of 2017 and you need to like their FB page and pick up some merch.  Disma are truly an outstanding death metal band.  Now let’s get that second album at the beginning of 2018 and not towards the end, fellas!

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Written by Frank Rini
September 29th, 2017


  1. Commented by: AR

    Nasty, vile, disgusting, murky and unrelenting…just how I like my death metal! Their first album is some kind of masterpiece, and I can’t wait till their second album, but I guess this will have to do. Killer stuff, here.

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