Reviewed: May 2020
Released: 3rd April 2020, AFM Records
Reviewer: Andrew Shirley
First impressions often last and Dynazty definitely leaves a lasting impression that the band are every bit a European power metal band. Crystal clear enunciated vocals, bright guitar tones and thumping drum rolls you’d hear from any of your favourite power metal bands, yet, unfortunately, I don’t believe this album will leave a mark as it’s ultimately a bit forgettable. Although it feels like they have the right ingredients to write a memorable song, it feels like their hooks are far too rounded and it won’t stick anywhere and anchor itself into your memory.
Production duties are handled by Jacob Hansen, known for their work with Flotsam & Jetsam, Volbeat, Destruction, U.D.O and other such heavyweights, who helps weave a well-structured and cohesive album for sure, but that is probably where his work ends. Tracks like Hologram clearly have a fun, powerful and anthem-type energy about them and tick all the boxes needed for a hard rock or power metal fan to be able to get into, but I don’t see what an average metal fan would be able to say they love about this album. There aren’t any identifiable markers that could pull in a fan of other genres where you could say, “that bit”, which is a shame.
With members being part of and touring with acts like Til Lindermann’s solo outfit Lindermann, Joe Lynn Turner, Pain and Amaranthe, they aren’t new kids to the game and on the surface, they’ve created a good release with not many faults that can be clearly identified, yet ultimately, it’s not going to set the world on fire; it would probably have trouble lighting a match.
They are good at what they do, there is no question in that, it’s just not anything I would say would be able to elevate them above other bands in the genre.