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Album Review

For his latest attempt to break out of the heavy metal second division, former Broken Hope and SOiL guitarist Shaun Glass assembled a brand new group named Dirge Within, committed to exploring an aggressive but relatively accessible style of modern metal via their freshman outing, 2009's Force Fed Lies. And with so much attention focused on the overrated deathcore movement around this time, Dirge Within may have stumbled upon a clever strategy for distinction, thanks to the simpler, more direct songwriting approach favored by typical tunes here like "Forever the Martyr," "Inhuman," and the title cut. Even when the band dives into full thrashing velocity and death metal-style double kick drums (see "Spit," "Last Goodbye," etc.), resort to melodic metalcore à la Killswitch Engage (during more infectious numbers like "Confession" and "New Disease"), or even succumb to a few lingering nu-metal gimmicks ("Self Medicate," "Complacency"), they rarely lose sight of each song's well-rounded best interests. And between the commendably intelligible (plus occasional clean vocals) growls of frontman Jerms and the melodically astute yet technically jaw-dropping guitar work delivered by Glass and his fellow axeman, Matt Szlachta, there's no shortage of sparks here to enlighten listeners exhausted by deathcore's often needless intricacy. In its totality, the end result on Force Fed Lies feels like a surprisingly workable mutation of Pantera, Fear Factory, Killswitch Engage, and yes, latter-day Slipknot, all of which should be enough to place Dirge Within's name in reach of the highest echelon of contemporary American metal in the late 2000s — even if it lacks the pure commercial cleanliness to sell them millions of albums.

Customer Reviews

Anger Management---at it's best

Every song is brutal------vocals are spot-on; heavy heavy breakdowns......I will be annoying co-workers for a while with this CD.

Outstanding Band!!!

Just imagine a Band that sounds like Devildriver, As I Lay Dying, and Trivium all in one. That is what Dirge Within sounds just like!


I've owned this album for a long time really, since back when they were just Dirge, and it's really come to be alot better sounding, I downloaded the Demo's of all these songs off of their Myspace back in Late '06, but i was glad to buy this, and i like what they did with their songs.


Formed: Chicago, IL

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s

Chicago heavy metal band Dirge Within were launched by guitarist Shaun Glass in 2008, following his departure from the commercial nu metal band SOiL, having cut his teeth even before that as a member of '90s death metal band Broken Hope. Originally begun as an off-the-cuff songwriting workshop between Glass and ex-Blank Theory drummer James Knight, Dirge Within eventually gained strength with the addition of vocalist Jeremy "Jerms" Genske and subsequent arrivals Matt Szlachta (guitar) and Brian Paz...
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Force Fed Lies, Dirge Within
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 01, 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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