Matt Szlachta, guitarist for Chicago-based Dirge Within, recently posted a number of solo instrumental demos on his MySpace page.
Dirge Within – formerly known as simply Dirge – is a new metal quintet featuring vocalist Jeremy “Jerms” Genske, guitarist Shaun Glass (formerly of SOiL), bassist Brian Paz, and Szlachta.
Force Fed Lies, the group’s debut album, was released on September 1, 2009 via E1 Music (the former Koch Records). The album was mixed by Martin “Ginge” Ford (of Nott-In-Pill) and Jeff Rose in Newport, Wales, UK. It was produced by Edsel Dope (Dope) with Chris Djuricic (Studio One). Force Fed Lies features guest appearances by Michael Angelo Batio of Nitro and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium. Stephen Jensen of F3 Studios designed the cover art.
The video for the track “Forever the Martyr” (featured below) was filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina by director Ramon Boutviseth (Incubus, Trivium).