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Dionysus - 2002 Sign Of Truth



ARTIST: Dionysus
ALBUM: Sign Of Truth
LABEL: AFM Records
SERIAL: AFM 057-2
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Olaf Hayer - vocals * Johnny Ohlin - guitars * Magnus 'Nobby' Noberg - bass * Kaspar Dahlqvist - keyboards * Ronny Milianowicz - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time Will Tell * 02 Sign Of Truth * 03 Bringer Of Salvation * 04 Pouring Rain * 05 Anthem * 06 Holy War * 07 Don't Forget * 08 Walk On Fire * 09 Never Wait * 10 Loaded Gun

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WEBLINKS: www.dionysus-metal.com


Background
In amongst all the aural bluster, there is a fantastic melodic rock band just waiting to break out! Surely? Pipe-dreams aside, Dionysus have demonstrated in the space of 50 minutes just what a melodic rock band would sound like if they veered toward the power lines and pylons of prog/melodic metal. And when you look at the lineup that wouldn't surprise hardened supporters of the Swedish melodic metal scene. Take Johnny Ohlin and Nobby Noberg for example: both ex members of Malmsteen clones Nation; singer Olaf Hayer has spent time with Italian rocker Luca Turilli, keyboardist Kaspar Dahlqvist has worked with Stormwind and AOR/West Coast crossover Sahara, while drummer Ronny Milianowicz was previously with Finnish sinsations Sinergy. Another example of European collaboration, as Hayer comes from Germany. Seems to be more of a 'union' going on in the EEC for rock music than it appears for the supporters of the 'One Currency - Euro dollar!' The band have been together for three years now, so it's not as if they've just landed on the scene. They've taken the best bits of the prior bands, and melded them together: neo classical, power metal, and in places smooth melodic rock. Hayer is a powerful singer, sounding like the guy from Finnish band Tunnelvision, mixed with a bit of Geoff Tate (Queensryche). Everything you could expect from a full band lineup, where each musician is an exceptional player, makes for a great album. Added to that, the production of 'one who knows': Tobias Sammet, the vocal force behind German legends Edguy and of course Avantasia.


The Songs
Starting out with 'Time Will Tell', this one has all the hallmarks of that Edguy/Avantasia camp, done Swedish style. The title track 'Sign Of Truth' is one of the album highlights, a galloping affair which has you chasing after the endless supply of riffs. Track 3 sees us move into the intro to 'Bringer Of Salvation', which is a creepy voiceover straight out of a sci-fi movie, then it kicks it into Vicious Rumors styled power metal. Brutal indeed. Searing guitars lead us off onto a 'Holy War', the intensity upheld by the double-bass drumming of Milianowicz throughout this rousing warrior anthem. There is one sole ballad on the album, and it's a beauty. 'Don't Forget' is a track that takes Casanova like melodies integrated with a Queensryche ('Empire' era) structure. Dionysus take on another direction altogether with 'Walk On Fire', which sees a beautiful integration between Pink Cream 69 and Cornerstone. Quite atmospheric and moody, with power to burn. Love the all out axe-attack of 'Never Wait', and as the song says, they're not hanging about either, as the album closer 'Loaded Gun' literally locks down the barrels with some gung-ho aural firepower!


In Summary
A great introduction to a hot guitar-oriented melodic metal outfit. The fusion of neo-classical elements, plus pure double-barrelled bass drumming sees Dionysus become a bright new light on the scene. Album two should be a corker then!


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