Exploding with the absolutely cracking, ‘Bitterness By Discipline’, Die So Fluid make no mistake setting the tone and pace for their debut album, with an opener that crashes through the speakers like a horde of angry angels.
There is constant interest provided by the guitars, which riff their way through the verse, crunch through the break, and explode in the chorus. This is all backed up with solid drumming that slams the song along. Grog’s voice is melodic and powerful in this song, but it is only really a taster of what’s to come!
The title track, ‘Spawn of Dysfunction’, provides just the setting for what that voice is capable of. From the dark twisting low bits, to the angsty shouted moments, right through to the powerful chorus lines, this track will leave you clinging to the stereo for dear life.
Next up (and my personal favourite) is ‘Circus of Sin’. The dirty bounce to the rhythm and a chorus which refuses to leave your head conjures up images of halls full of sweaty moshers in blissfully synchronised pogoing. The breaks and changes displayed in the other tracks may not be present, but that takes nothing away from this three-minute number which successfully leaves it’s impression neatly stamped on the section of the brain marked ‘permanent’.
With a mixture of simple guitars in the first half of the verse and incredibly complex riffing in the second half, ‘Tripitaka’ also contains one of the most unique chorus line rhythms on the disk and this is mirrored in the breaks. It also guarantees that you have no choice but to listen to it again… and then some more.
A flurry of fantastic drumming opens ‘Kiss The Floor’ which paves the way for the dirty bass sound to combine with the huge guitar chords for an incredibly punchy verse. The track ends with a final dominating chorus, leaving the floor free for ‘Disconnected’, which is the most anthemic song on the album.
The different parts of this track are at times both savage and beautiful, with screaming vocals breaking into a distant haunting guitar break. ‘Disconnected’ preceded this album as one of their singles, as did ‘Suck Me Dry’ which despite being the more melodic of the two, boasts a chorus which is even more aggressive.
Live favourite, ‘Brainwash’, also sounds great on disk. It’s tight riff shared equally with the bass and guitar throughout and the contrast between the restrained verse and completely runaway chorus is nothing short of startling.
Both industrial sounding and retro seventies style guitars feature in ‘Draw A Line And Cross It’, which breaks in to a vocal that sounds almost religious for the chorus.
The final track ‘Chasing Dawn’ has a quirky 20’s feel to the voice, which sits over a muted bass line in the verse. The chorus has perhaps the most straightforward guitars on the whole record, which sit firmly in the background playing support to the delightfully layered vocal.
With the complication found in metal, the straightforwardness of rock, and hooks from both, ‘Spawn of Dysfunction’ is an album containing ten tracks that are all good enough to be singles in their own right. Die So Fluid should be rightly proud of their offspring.
If you own any rock or metal records at all, add this to your collection and you’ll love it more and more with every spin, because the only thing missing from this record is a label that states ‘Explosive – Handle with Care’.