Genre: Death metal
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Active since: 1998
Connections: Sounds of Fury, Murge, Eternal Flight, Flesh and Blood, Near Death Condition, Legaside
Thibaud – Vocals
Wil – Bass
Nicolas – Guitar
Dario – Guitar
Axel – Drums
DarkRise Official Website and Their Stuff
DarkRise is one of those bands that are out there doing their job but for some reason you never get to know them. Until the moment you get a glimpse of their work by coincidence and when that happens, you keep asking yourself how the hell did they manage to stay hidden from you all this time. DarkRise is around for 20 years, 20 years of doing kick ass death metal that unfortunately was discovered by me only recently…
Simple math operation shows that the story of this band starts in 1998 in Lausanne. During 20 years of existence the line-up changed a few times, leaving the bass player Wil as the only original member of the band. In these 20 years, DarkRise released one demo and 5 full length albums so there is a lot of their work to catch up with, if you are a new fan like me. Already “Built”, their third full length album that was released in 2009 got a lot of good reviews and brought more recognition to the band. The following album “Realeyes” released in 2013 repeated this trend. Two years ago DarkRise released their newest piece “Fear, Hate and Corruption” that so far gathered the biggest number of reviews.
In general, “Fear, Hate and Corruption” is a really good piece of modern death metal spiced up with technicality and thrash. The opening track “Do or Die” begins with a melodic intro just to brutally slap you in the face few seconds after. The momentum of this strike is not lost until the end of the album and keeps you awake with the unpredictable yet harmonic and brutal sounds. This makes these 45 minutes of an album a gluttonous feast, composed of juicy meat that death metal lovers can chew on with delight. The drumming is intense, guitars are melodic and complex. Grinding bass is not only keeping everything together but is often brought to the first plane. In “Just Before” song we can enjoy short but memorable bass solo. All this is completed with vocals that inhumanly roar with anger. If you are a fan of Cannibal Corpse or Nile, you will dig this album, trust me. You can find it on youtube, but if you first want to give it a quick try, here is an opening track, which will give you an idea about the overall taste of this album:
Beside the Cannibal Corpse, DarkRise is strongly influenced by bands such as Behemoth, Slayer or Exodus with whom they even managed to share the stage! They also played with other great bands like Morbid Angel, Six Feet Under, Fear Factory, aforementioned Nile and many more. Now to this already impressive list you can add Napalm Death whom they will support on 22nd of November in Manoir Pub in Saint Maurice! It’s going to be a blast!