Dimensions’ EP is a very provoking piece of musical composition. Each track is arranged in a free-flowing, catchy rhythmic fashion. Using artfully crafted guitar riffs and solos and intense tempo changes, the entire EP packs a progressive-punch that doesn’t lack any amount of heavy. This enticing mix of sound puts this release above most of the contemporary metal bands playing this style of death metal influenced metal music and, I can proudly say, is the finest release I have come across while writing for total-deathcore in my almost 10 months of writing for this website.
Right away, before even listening to the tracklist, I read the lyrics on this album. They display themes of hope, fear, despair, losing contact with reality, and dealing with clouded self-identity. These themes are real, daily struggles and gives the album an identifiable first layer of analysis to the listener. The fiery vocal styling is the next layer that is unfolded. Vocalist Andrew Noble creates a vocal texture that has a crazy amount of raw bitterness, while still displaying clarity. His range is not very impressive, but his mid-range screams are impeccable.
Next, the band’s subtle progressive-tendencies begin to show. Starting on the third track, “Visions Part 1: Angst,” and exploding on the partner track, “Visions Part 2: Memory,” the listener experiences an array of different guitar tones, tempo shifts and melodic guitar soloing. Both of these tracks expand the EP’s musical integrity immensely, while the tracks “Falling” and “Portals” focus mostly on the heaviness and groove of the guitar riffs and drums. The EP closes with a dreary, yet beautiful instrumental acoustic track and really leaves a pleasant closing taste to the listener’s musical taste buds.
Buy this EP. Support this music. This band is doing everything right. They offer this EP on both digital and physical platforms, promote through an array of social media and are ready to make things happen (the band has discussed intent to release new material that they have just written via Facebook). I’m so impressed with what I’ve heard, and I am greatly anticipating new music from these dudes. Bravo.
For fans of: A Memoria Brooded, Existence, Barrier, Volumes, Six Feet of Silence, What Once Was, Volition