Released: 1999, Maga Carta Records
Named after the renowned painter Salvador Dali, this band, like the artist, knows no boundaries. While this CD didn't blow my mind the musicianship is very impressive! For anyone who's followed prog-metal you won't be surprised to know that Mike Varney had his hands in this as did guitar genius James Murphy who is credited for recording the guitars, keys and bass.
Even though this is their debut CD, Dali's Dilemma have pretty much mastered their instruments playing music that is in the vein of (and the same league as) Dream Theater. The tightness of the band can be partially explained by the fact that brothers Patrick (guitar) and Steve Reyes, (bass) have worked together from an early age. For me the highlight of the band is the lead guitar work of Patrick Reyes. Patrick is of the John Petrucci / Steve Via school of guitar playing and probably practices for hours on end and meticulates over every executed note. Sometimes it's nice to just listen to a guy who can play this great, even if the music isn't as intense as I normally listen to. There are lots of long leads filled with key changes, time signature changes and don't forget those sweeping arpeggios. Some may have heard of keyboardist Matt Guillory as he has appeared on approximately ten records for various artists, as well as Magna Carta's Rush tribute and Pink Floyd tribute.
My only criticism of Dali's Dilemma? The music could be a lot more heavy!! But hey, that's just my thoughts on this CD. I'm sure all the prog-metalheads out there will be way into Dali's Dilemma.
Dali's Dilemma are: Matthew Bradley - vocals, Patrick Reyes - guitar, Jeremy Colson - drums, Steve Reyes - bass, and Matt Guillory - keyboards. For more info on Dali's Dilemma drop by http://www.magnacarta.net/