It’s a case of potential on its way to becoming realised for the South Australian five-piece Dyssidia. Progressive and technical metal is a damn tough gig, in more ways than one. Firstly the writing of the music, the techniques that must be mastered as far as the musicianship is concerned and the fact that extreme tech metal is very much a niche sub-genre. The genre doesn’t attain much in the way of commercial acceptance and, that said, the fact that it is still a heavily over-subscribed genre, with many bands fighting for very limited airspace.
But the passion with which these bands pursue their craft runs deeper than can be imagined, and Dyssidia are no exception.
“Of Delight and Despair” is four lengthy tracks that are sometimes quite exhilarating and breathtakingly epic. For example, the sweeping vocal vistas created by the mighty, almost ten minute closer In a Heartbeat, are quite stunning. The piano-driven (for example in Dignity) and wavey symphonic feels Dyssidia give some of the tracks are quite magical too. They have a wonderful grasp of dynamics and atmospherics, as well as brutal moments. These elements are what make me think the potential for greatness is within Dyssidia.
But, I do see room for improvement with a smoother more cohesive musical journey from end to end. And this is what a full-length album will produce, borne from experience. I firmly believe we will see this band come to full fruition on their next recording.
“Of Delight and Despair” find Dyssidia displaying reams upon reams of raw talent and potential, but still not quite there as far as completely realising the absolute pointy end, the very last 5%, of their rather lofty ambitions. They possess the chops; they just need to work hard to nail down the finer points of their arrangements and vocal melodies, some of which don’t quite gel as well as they possibly could.
The future will see them flying high, up there with Australia’s finest progressive acts and attaining the international attention that such bands desire and deserve.
It’s definitely worth getting.
“Of Delight & Despair”, EP is out on November 4
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DYSIDIA TOUR DATES
Friday, November 4: The Triffid, Brisbane*
Friday, November 11: Amplifier, Perth*
Saturday, November 12: Fowler’s Live, Adelaide*
Friday, December 2: The Factory Floor, Sydney**
Saturday, December 3: Progfest, Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday, December 9: The Gov, Adelaide***