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June 2015
Released: 2015, Wormhole Death Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Dienamic a five piece that hails from the true North of Norway have returned with their second studio release after 2012's 'Surfing the Apocalypse'. Dienamic the brainchild of guitarist Stein-Odin Johannessen have written 10 songs for 'Afterlife' which serves as a decent attempt to fit themselves into the groove orientated thrash category which has been heavily dominated by bands such as Lamb of God in more recent times and this attempt to fit in really comes off in a less than subtle way.

The album opens with The Reaping and immediately there is a sense of familiarity. A track that could easily have been a part of Lamb of God's discography. Of course this isn't pure forgery but the resemblance in structure and flow accompanied by the style of the main body of riffs is terribly apparent. This continues and maybe is emphasised by the next track 'Innocent Gun' which makes a real attempt to burst its way onto Ashes of the Wake as the secret only released in Japan 12th song of the album. Of course this all sounds pretty fantastic to any fan of Lamb of God but if a band wants to make a unique stamp on the world of metal then they need to create their own style and not just recycle another band's already established sound. The band use this style to good effect it's just a little cringey that it sounds so similar. It's as if your sibling was copying your every move and after a while you just want to crack the little bugger in the jaw. Still enjoyable from a fan of that style but it seems all rather blatant. Luckily this doesn't occur throughout the entire album as Dienamic seem to spark in terms of creativity and begin to introduce their own stamp on the album.

'Revolution For Nothing' breaks up this reliance and adds a bit of a more progressive style and this is where a smidgen of Dienamic's own character begins to come through. 'Revolution For Nothing' has more separate forces combining and the style better suits the vocal range of Gustav. There's plenty of thrash thrown in as the song flows and the chorus provides a more memorable side to the song. 'Where God Feeds' and the fifth track 'Dance with the Devil' also drifts from the opening sequence of clandestine Lamb of God tracks. Both songs are full of well structured thrash with nice touches of groove and very acceptable breakdowns and keep the album rolling in good stead. Nothing too technical but simplicity has its own merits. 'You Still Walk' offers up a slice of more melodic yet still a provides forceful edge to the album and resonates powerfully, just like some brute force to reaffirm the tough life lesson on individuality. The seventh track of the album 'Generation Reboot' reintroduces that familiar style but they also add their own edge and the initial two tracks seem like a forgotten stumble as the influences stay just as that, influences.

Some of the breakdowns and tempo shifts are highly reminiscent throughout the remainder of the album but we have to move on from this and try to see 'Afterlife' as an individual piece of music. At points it is difficult as the closing songs have whole sections that are too close to that style, again it's all still enjoyable there's just this slight unease when listening. The album closes in a strong fashion as the riffs sequencing and rhythm keep the procession moving forwards. The title track stands as the ninth song and sets up for the finale of a frustratingly good album. Frustrating due to the comparisons that have to be made but again you cannot feel too aggrieved as the music is still decent. Dienamic may have centred on these styles purely by accident and there's nothing wrong with being heavily influenced by another band. They are still a professional unit and have shown throughout 'Afterlife' that they do have their own style which may not rely on highly technical instrumentation, rather they pull together what they like and what their abilities allow and form some highly listenable music. There'll be more from Dienamic as they will be hitting the road to sell their second full length release. They've been fairly successful in terms of getting some international experience but they haven't hit the headlines yet but there is still time.

Review by Pete Mutant
Track Listing

1. The Reaping
2. Innocent Gun
3. Revolution For Nothing
4. Where God Feeds
5. Dance With The Devil
6. You Still Walk
7. Generation Reboot
8. Overthrown
9. Afterlife
10. The End


Gustav Harry Lindquist – Vocals
Stein-Odin Johannessen – Guitar
Eivind Kjær Killie - Guitar
Kenneth Iversen Muotkajærvi – Bass, Sebastian Jacobsson - Drums

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June 2015
Released: 2015,
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Dienamic was started by Stein-Odin Johannessen (guitar) and Gustav H. Lindquist (vocals) in 2009. Ever since their first live show with their very own music at a Tromsø youth club in 2010, their plan was clear – full throttle. This was the beginning of what turned out to result in a tour in Japan with international headliners only three years later. With ingenious bassist Bjørn-Håvar Skoglund and drummer Jørgen M. Olsen they started to reach the sky with great steps in their music career. Second album ‘Afterlife’ was recorded in April 2014, mixed and mastered during summer 2014.

Dienamic's latest offering “Afterlife” comes in like a hurricane of music straight out of the height of Devildriver's book of riffs with moments of Mid-discography Fear Factory sounds all embellishing themselves within the first track “The Reaping”. It's not a bad thing to be compared too but it does leave little room to be defined from the pack with, being a 2015 release and sounding ten years older than it's release year is hard to get around on the first listen. Still track two “Innocent Gun” picks up a bit more speed and momentum that brings it a little forward in it's sound at first before mellowing out into a harmonic escalate that flows fantastically but leaves track three “Revolution for nothing” to be a heavier piece of machinery.

The one thing that lets down this otherwise well written block of songs is the vocals, they are far too strained and could do with a bit more refinement for example the clean singing is great, it's wholesome and audible. Likewise with the full on aggression parts which work brilliantly over the swirls of chaotic guitar work that are exactly the “fist in the air adrenaline finding” format you need after a bad day and yet its let down by the vocals that are emulating too much on influence.

Having said this, the vocals do improve and take a harder tone as the album goes on with “You still walk” which is a lower paced and more bluesy number that is harsh to the lyrics and almost mystical in it's atmospherics – it's taken all the way until track six for their own sound to be found among the rubble. It's got something special about now with blues break down guitars and exploratory harmony. This is kicked aside quite delightfully with “Generation reboot” which is another bombardment of treats, it's dark, immensely fast but does weaken out which is a shame really, the tempo changes nearly push that Djent button but fall short. Still the flourishing changes do make for an interesting listen. There is plenty of potential for this album, it just needs to pick one way of doing things, frankly it's a bit messy. The album does improve around the time of ninth album self titled track “Afterlife” which gives way to the final installment of the album “the end” which is classically slow paced. Until a roar of death metal collage comes to blow that out of the water.

Overall, the album is for die hard fans of the genre and not for the casual listener. What it lacks in individuality, it makes up for in nostalgia conjuring.
Track Listing

1.The Reaping
2.Innocent Gun
3.Revolution For Nothing
4.Where God Feeds
5.Dance With The Devil
6.You Still Walk
7.Generation Reboot
10.The End


Gustav Harry Lindquist – Vocals,
Stein-Odin Johannessen – Guitar,
Eivind Kjær Killie - Guitar
Kenneth Iversen Muotkajærvi – Bass,
Sebastian Jacobsson - Drums

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