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Dynazty - 2009 Bring The Thunder

ARTIST: Dynazty
ALBUM: Bring The Thunder
LABEL: Perris Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Nils Molin - vocals * John Berg - guitars * Rob Love - guitars * Joey Fox - bass * George Egg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bring The Thunder * 02 Catch The Night * 03 Lights Out (In Candyland) * 04 Far Away * 05 Top Of The Line * 06 Monkey Wants Monkey Needs * 07 Adrenaline * 08 Take Me Down * 09 The Devils Shake * 10 Higher N Higher * 11 Sail Away (bonus)



We featured new Swedish rockers Dynazty in our News section a few weeks back. Now we take the plunge with their debut album 'Bring The Thunder'. Not since Aces High's fantastic debut 'Ten N Out' have I heard a Swedish band play with this much bristling energy! You have to admit, Sweden has all the great bands these days. It's like the 80's Scandi scene all over again, but this time we're better prepared. Signed to an American label, Dynazty follow Norwegians Winter Parade to the trough that is Perris Records. Someone in Perris is obviously doing a good job luring these European upstarts across the Transatlantic. Either that, or there's bugger all AOR/hard rock coming out of the US of A. Actually, it was Perris CEO Tom Mathers who did the honors, signing these guys before the rest of the hard rock world knew what was happening. Good one Tom! In any case, Dynazty show us how it's done, and where H.E.A.T set tongues and eyebrows on fire last year, these new boys are setting the pace for 2009. Helping to create the full-on sound was Chris Laney, who as it turns out was a former bandmate of guitarist Rob Love, as both were in Zan Clan. Laney has been a busy man in 2009, what with the release of his own solo album plus taking a leading hand with former Tigertailz frontman Steevi Jaimz and his excellent album 'My Private Hell'. The high quality production of 'Bring The Thunder' was conducted at the legendary Polar Studios.. surely Laney must now be heading towards the 2009 Producer Of The Year Award? I think he'd win it hands down just quietly.. You would also think that with the band's name (Dynazty = Dynasty), and Laney leanings toward things Kiss, then there might possibly be a connection. It's possible yes, but not as obvious as the connections made on Jaimz's 'My Private Hell' platter. The star of the show for me is singer Nils Molin, who entertains us with a volatile cocktail of Sebastian Bach, Tony Harnell and Elio Maugeri - from the Italian melodic rockers Elektradrive, who incidentally have recently reformed.

The Songs
Lets' rip into it. There's a few tracks here, so we'll analyse each one.

That aforementioned Aces High comparison is apparent from the start with the blistering 'Bring The Thunder'. The instant rapport with the songs from 'Ten N Out' got me excited almost immediately.

It's the 80's all over again, as 'Catch The Night' captures chugging guitars, chanty choruses and an attitude that is borne of the Sunset Strip.

'Lights Out (In Candyland)' again reignites the flame that Aces High started fifteen years ago, with its prowling riffs and dangerous back-beat.

Dynazty deal us the power-ballad 'Far Away', with mostly softer heartfelt moments, though toughening up on the chorus and solo sections.

'Top Of The Line' takes us back to that immense 1992 debut from Masquerade, and where that band had an inkling for TNT there is a bit of that here too.

The guitars are positively growling on 'Monkey Wants Monkey Needs'. It's probably one of the tracks that sounds as if it came from the hair-metal era circa 1990-1992.

The tempo accelerates for the fuel-rush of 'Adrenaline', it's a fast paced track with a nod to last years heroes Bullet and Airbourne.

Moving away from the simplistic hard rock of the previous track, 'Take Me Down' is far more sophisticated, with 80's Scandi references all over the place.

'The Devils Shake' is the heaviest tune on offer, veering down the prog metal path. I hear all the usual suspects here.. Pagans Mind, Firewind for instance. I like this one a lot, but I would be worried if they moved into this already crowded sub-genre.. Hint guys.. don't!! lol!

Not too far behind in the heaviness stakes is 'Higher N Higher', and on this one you hear Molin strike a few similarities to Italian Elio Maugeri, and that is a compliment, as Maugeri is probably (alongside Michele Luppi) Italy's best rock vocalist!

'Sail Away' is the bonus track on the CD, and if you like TNT with Tony Harnell circa their 'Tell No Tales' era, then this one is for you. Nil Molin really is a vocal talent! Watch out for this name in future..

In Summary
Dynazty are steeped in the sleaze/glam legacy but their sound is hard hitting, brash and melodic, which will appeal to a wide range of audiences.. sleaze/glam at end, AOR/hard rock at the other. I think however, that it is at the latter end of the scale where Dynazty will strike success. There's not too much in the glam department going on with 'Bring The Thunder', it's all very steely with killer riffing and soaring vocals. I predict big things for these guys. Can't recommend them enough!

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#1 | englandashes on September 29 2009 23:05:36
This is a very good cd, although I feel the group's name, the album cover, plus the album title (I must be on a real downer!) doesn't really do it justice. It creates an image of a very ordinary metal band, which they are not, they have put together a great selection of melodic rock tunes.

Every know and then on some of the tracks, you can hear traces of Eric Martin, from the early Mr Big era.

It's pretty instant and well worth picking up.
#2 | jeffrey343 on September 30 2009 16:20:08
Er, I didn't like this nearly as much as other similar stuff I've been listening to recently (Outloud, the 2008 Eclipse release). I also much prefer the H.E.A.T album. I've just given this one spin on Rhapsody, but I really don't see it getting much play from me. The production is good, and the vocals are fine. And there are a lot of good riffs. So I can't ding it on any technical basis. I suppose I prefer a more AOR sound than I hear on this one. But I'm sure there are folks who will really like this - give it a try.
#3 | george_the_jack on September 30 2009 16:41:16
Cetainly H.E.A.T./Outloud and Eclipse are much more melodic outfits.
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