DYSCORDIA - TWIN SYMBIOSIS (Independent)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
It took a little longer than expected, but finally the wait is over! Dyscordia released their first full length album at the end of March 2013, and once again, it’s proven that it was worth the wait! This ‘Twin Symbiosis’ reflects perfectly how progressive and heaviness melt together, how innovative music is allowed to have harsh vocals without losing the attention of the melody. By far, the members of Dyscordia surpassed their own skills, and once again we can all be proud on this Belgian band! The album opens with ‘Dreamcatcher Tree’ which is a short intro, followed by a first highlight ‘The Empty Room’. This track speeds up with a very catchy melody line. Once the harsh vocals of Stefan Segers drop in, you will be surprised about the heaviness of this performance. The clean vocals of Piet Overstijns interfere, and lift this song to a memorable track! Halfway this opener is a break where Piet transcend himself, followed by a duel between clean and grunt vocals. Great and truly awesome !!! Besides two vocalists we have Guy Commeene on lead guitars, Wouter Nottebaert on bass, Wouter Debonnet is taking care of the drumming part while (brother?) Martijn Debonnet is handling the strings. As Stefan Segers is also playing the strings besides the vocals, there are three guys on guitars, so the arrangements are pretty well focusing on guitars, what metalheads will adore! The musical direction of Dyscordia can be described as progressive metal with a lot of melody, but has so much more to offer, so we don’t want to pigeonhole this band as a progressive act, it’s only an innuendo.
Check their teaser of the album on this location and you will agree that this band is able to put Belgium on the metal map again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCwXJYL9XOA
The next track is called ‘From Sight To Black’, and again it contains great pace, with a little oriental influence in the beginning. The solos of Guy Commeene, the vocals of Piet and Stefan have a contemporary effect and again we can conclude that Dyscordia has an eye on all details! This band knows how to arrange and write good melody lines, spiced with all necessary ingredients to create a top notch product! The sound of this début is outstanding as well, and it was a good move to work with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio’s (Sweden). This man worked with Amon Amarth, Opeth, Soilwork, Iron Mask and Symphony X in the past, so it’s obvious that only the best counts for Dyscordia. Those that like a ballade now and then will be pleased when ‘Ache Of Hearts’ opens. This track has everything to give you goose bubs all over your skin, and especially the interaction between grunt and clean vocals prove to be a golden formula! Needless to say that the solo in this track is again fabulous! I listened to the album for days now, and if you ask my some references, I would mention Nevermore meets Evergrey meets Symphony X.
I am proud that this band worked so hard on every detail, and above all, they topped with this release my personal Belgian favoured. The Difference released ‘When Light Uncovers Grey’ in 2009 and that was my standard as high quality Metal so far. Dyscordia proved that they topped them all, and together with After All (Thrash Metal), they claim their spot with only a footstep away of international fame! Let’s quote them like this: No fillers, just killers. Dyscordia homepage at: http://www.dyscordia.com/
My rating: 98 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard