Magg Dylan – Amethyst

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Eclipse Records

Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://www.eclipserecords.com/release/amethyst-magg-dylan/

Band Website: Magg Dylan – Home – Facebook

BAND LINE-UP:

Les – bass
Rob – guitar
Suzanne – lead vocals
AJ – drums
Brucifer – guitar

TRACKLISTING:

1. Delusional
2. Tearz
3. Scarz
4. Stood Up
5. Naked Alone In the Tub
6. Crawl
7. Sadness
8. Herakane
9. F.I.N.E.
10. Rare Breed

REVIEW:

Drawing inspiration from experiences such as abuse and depression, US band Magg Dylan have created an emotionally-driven debut in Amethyst, its personal nature its strongest feature.

‘Delusional’ is an extremely infectious track, a great lively opening to the album. It appears to be about an individual recovering from addiction, with lines like “I must stay sober”. Track two, ’Tearz’, touches on childhood memories and heartbreak. It also hosts a rap-like section near the end which feels a little out of place compared to the rest of the track. A very stark contrast to Suzanne De Iulio’s beautiful singing of words such as “And I’m sorry for the tears on your face, I’m giving them back to you”. The instrumentation shines in this song, however.

Suzanne De Iulio’s vocals are particularly excellent on ’Scarz’, where she explores overcoming the effects of bullying, encouraging the listener to “rise above” in its backing vocals. Focusing on leaving a bad relationship, ’Stood Up’ features gang shouts of “stood up!” that help bolster the empowering message behind the song. ’Naked Alone In the Tub’ is the most stripped back song on the album, and Iulio’s voice is really the focus, which allows lyrics like “Nobody tells you ’bout the day your perfect life becomes a mess” to carry emotion.

The screams in ‘Crawl’ are great displays of rage, reminiscent of someone who is frustrated with their life. The spoken word/rapped lines work much better here than they do on ‘Tearz’ as they are delivered in a similar style to the screamed vocals throughout. Seventh instalment ’Sadness’ centres on heartbreak. There are some great melodies from guitarists Brucifer and Rob that add a bittersweet feel. The interestingly spelt ’Herakane’ focuses on the explosive nature of an emotional person, warning the listener to get “down on the ground” to avoid getting caught in the volatile hurricane

‘F.I.N.E.’ sees the resurgence of screams. Towards the end of the track, it is revealed that the abbreviated title stands for – a series of adjectives that suggests anything other than being “fine”. ’Rare Breed’ seems to be about being unapologetically different to others. The spoken word contrasts well with the sung segments, the few unclean vocals adding welcome quirkiness to the song.

Life struggles and obstacles have been a useful foundation for Magg Dylan, who have created ten promising tracks. Amethyst is an ambitious, frank first release from the Virginia-based quintet.

Review by

Kira Levine

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