Thursday, August 30, 2012

DYNAZTY: "Sultans Of Sin"

Rating: RRRR
Label: StormVox Records/Sofo Records 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Dynazty's third album has been out for a while, but now that it's getting released in Finland, I've been given the chance to review it. And why not, the album's been on my "wannahearit"-list for some time.

I've heard the band's debut album and seen them live once. The album wasn't too interesting, but in a live setting the band was better, very energetic and impressive. Only thing that was missing was great songs. With "Sultans Of Sin", the situation is getting better.

Dynazty's style is somewhat similar to their labelmates H.E.A.T., although their music is heavier and less AOR-influenced. Big choruses galore, guitarists churn out familiar-sounding but effective riffs and vocalist Nils Molin sings like a young rock god with an unlimited range.

I must admit that my favourite track is not written by the band. Their Eurovision Contest entry "Land Of Broken Dreams" (written by Thomas G:son and Thomas “Plec” Johansson) just happens to be a textbook example of a glorious melodic hard rock anthem. There's "Whoa-Oh-Oh's", there's a modulation... but I can't help it, it may be predictable but it's also irresistable.

The band's own songs cannot match the catchiness of "Land..." but that's not to say they're bad. They're certainly trying hard to write killer hard rock songs, and with the likes of "Raise Your Hands", "More Than A Man" and "The One To Blame" they succeed at least to a degree. Their "obligatory ballad" "Back Again" isn't half bad either. Actually, none of the remaining songs aren't half bad, it's just that there's still room for improvement. If they find that extra spark for their next album, the RRRRR's will be rrrolling freely to their direction and world domination is imminent. Anyway, good stuff!



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