Force Fed Lies

Force Fed Lies

by Dirge WithinDirge Within


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0099923204725
catalogNumber: 3204725
Rank: 128054


  1. Self Medicate
  2. Forever the Martyr
  3. Force Fed Lies
  4. Confession
  5. Spit
  6. New Disease
  7. Last Goodbye
  8. As I Walk
  9. Inhuman
  10. Stain of Humanity
  11. Complacency

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dirge Within   Primary Artist
Michael Angelo Batio   Guitar,Soloist
Edsel Dope   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shaun Glass   Guitar
Wayne Static   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy Knight   Drums
Corey Beaulieu   Guitar,Soloist
Brian Paz   Bass
Matt Szlachta   Guitar,Soloist
James Knight   Drums
Brian Paz   Bass
Virus   Guitar

Technical Credits

James Murphy   Engineer
Edsel Dope   Producer
Shaun Glass   Composer
Jimmy Knight   Composer
Scott Creekmore   Engineer
Justin E. Arcangel   Management
Stephen Jensen   Art Direction
Chris Wisco   Producer
Efren Pelayo   Cover Model
James Knight   Composer
Jeremy Genske   Composer

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