Dynazty – Firesign

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.afm-records.de/en/
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Firesign-Dynazty/dp/B07FT6DRGB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536582136&sr=8-1&keywords=dynazty+firesign
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/dynaztyband/?ref=br_rs


Band line-up:

Nils Molin – vocals
Love Magnusson – guitar
Mike Lavér – guitars
Jonathan Olsson – bass
George Egg – drums

Tracklisting:

1. Breathe With Me
2. The Grey
3. In The Arms Of A Devil
4. My Darkest Hour
5. Ascension
6. Firesign
7. Closing Doors
8. Follow Me
9. Let Me Dream Forever
10. Starfall
11. The Light Inside The Tunnel

Review:

Dynazty are a five piece melodic heavy metal band from Sweden, formed in 2007 by guitarist Love Magnusson, guitarist John Berg and bassist Joel Appelgren. The latter two were later replaced with Mike Laver and Jonathan Olsson, respectively. Drummer, George Egg joined the band in 2008 along with singer Nils Molin, completing the group. Their debut ‘Bring the Thunder’ which was unleashed in 2009 was largely influenced by Dokken. Since then they have been honing their own sound more and more. Their sixth album ‘Firesign’ which will be released on 28th September through AFM Records, is stripped down to what is essential in music. The band have achieved the perfect symbiosis of melody, heaviness and diversity.

Whilst the music is a lot of fun because it is simplified, that does also mean that it may be a bit too poppy in terms of form for many. You get very typical verse/chorus structures, for example. The riffs are far from limited to basic power chords though, and in contrast they are often notey, without being over the top. They are kind of proggish in places, they just don’t develop as thoroughly as Dream Theater’s ideas. The shred guitar playing here is excellent but just because it’s fast, it doesn’t mean it’s totally unmelodic. Rather than it being influenced by the notorious Yngwie Malmsteen and his far too scalic playing, it’s more along the lines of the much more creative and talented John Petrucci and Gus G.

The singing is very skilfully executed with its confident and natural sound. Molin seems to make his impressive range, vibrato and power effortless. The drums and bass are tight and thudding and the keyboards are in another world, with their bright and positive nature. When you combine all these elements together, you get material that is both deep and with a long lifespan. Having said that, the music on the whole is rather typical power metal, kind of like Helloween but more impressive.

In conclusion, the music is catchy and if you’re into stuff that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but instead is about having a good time, Firesign is for you. In fact, it’s probably worth buying for the guitar solos alone. They feature sweep picking, tapping and speed picking, everything everyone into 80s shred could possibly want. The vocal melodies aren’t bad, but there are arguably no really classic lines that one will remember for the rest of his life. However, Molin should still be admired. This album is certainly worth buying if you like bands such as Hammerfall and Power Quest, but it doesn’t really stand out amongst the crowd too much.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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