Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
It is weird that her firs...
Franne Golde - 1980 The N...
Masquerade - 1992 Sudden ...
I look to the sky with a ...
Lame arsed Home Counties...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2016 Articles » Bayman, Dion - 2016 Don't Look Down
Bayman, Dion - 2016 Don't Look Down

ARTIST: Bayman, Dion
ALBUM: Don't Look Down
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Dion Bayman - all vocals, all instruments

TRACK LISTING: 01 One More Reason * 02 24 Hours A Day * 03 Keep Coming Back * 04 For You * 05 This Time * 06 Had To Let You Know * 07 Open Your Heart * 08 The Last One * 09 It's Only Love *10 Before My Eyes


WEBLINKS: www.dionbayman.com

There have been some good recent acts coming out of Australia of late. Counted in amongst them is Sydney based melodic rocker Dion Bayman. Dion has been a regular feature at GDM since 2013, and his newest offering 'Don't Look Down' is his best work so far, in my reckoning. Not discounting the other two albums ('Smoke And Mirrors' and 'Afterburn'), but this is just a case of an artist finding his groove and polishing his sound with three projects under his belt and all the experience that goes with that. The songs, arrangements and production are all top notch, and there's a certain enjoyment to be had with these bright and breezy tunes. Must be the Australian summer weather huh?

The Songs
There's an edgy vibe here, a guy like John Taglieri was a good exponent of this style a few years back, and it's great seeing this pop/rock genre still kicking along. Strong guitar lines are found throughout the material, with catchy-hook choruses adding the sugar bullet when required. I guess when you want to compare to major-leaguers, Bryan Adams and Rick Sprngfield are good examples, but Dion has a certain uncomplicated method which makes it just as ear-worthy. Listen to the pumping excellence of 'This Time' is proof, or the AOR approved 'Keep Coming Back', which would have a lot of appeal to the GDM audience. If you have an open-top convertible, and the freeway is your friend, then turn up tunes like 'Had To Let You Know' and 'The Last One', which is reminiscent of the material from 'Afterburn'. Good music and good driving is always a good thing. 'It's Only Love' is a solid pop/rock outing, with guitars and synths mixing it up. This one works for me. The piano led 'Before My Eyes' sweeps all before it. I like the lyrics for this one too, very relevant in today's society.

In Summary
It's easy to get caught up in the music and messages of 'Don't Look Down'. As mentioned, the bright and breezy nature of this album makes it a pleasure to listen to. I had this going while I was doing the cooking and laundry, it's that sort of album you can have playing pleasantly in the background. You can't say that about too many acts these days. Certainly I couldn't give Iron Maiden or Judas Priest the same consideration. He might still be one of Australia's undiscovered musical secrets, but not for very long. As an aside, I was quite embarrassed to read on the Heavy Harmonies Forum from some would be Australians who have never heard of Dion Bayman. Come on blokes, sharpen up your act - get with the programme! [word count 451]

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Dion Bayman 
#1 | Jez on April 23 2016 11:53:39
I absolutely love the first track 'One More Reason' which has that Stan Meissner vibe going on and the rest of the tunes all hold up well too. For an album completely done off his own back (all instruments and production), this really is a great achievement on what is a really very good album
#2 | jeffrey343 on August 25 2016 21:31:55
Another excellent collection of songs wrapped up in a great production job. And he finally incorporated some guitar solos. My only gripe is that he uses an overly 'buzzy' guitar tone throughout the album. I don't mind it in general, but it's on every single song. But the dude has a great voice, and these are very fine songs.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [2 Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Fifth On The Floor - 2010 Dark And Bloody Ground, Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Amber Galactic, Riverside - 2004 Out Of Myself, Taglieri, John - 2000 The Leap Of Faith Interview, At Vance - 2000 Heart Of Steel, Ozone - 2015 Self Defence, Van Halen - 1986 5150, Bullet - 1984 No Mercy, Accept - 2010 Blood Of The Nations, Loose, The - 1986 Watcher, Paul, Ray (and RPM) - 1980 Go Time, Seventh Wonder - 2008 Mercy Falls, Hansel - 2010 Never Say Die, Cussick, Ian - 1983 Danger In The Air, Bad Radiator - 2015 Demons
Jamie Dakota Jeff Conaway Actors And Actresses Black Tide Helloween Scott Wilk Wounded Bird Natural Gas Magnet Mystery (Australia) Rock Candy Records Grand Prix Reece Beau Nasty Rock Candy Records Dakota Shanghai Axel Rudi Pell Wildstreet Burn (UK) Phil Vincent Able Kane Billy Squier Rox (UK) EP August Redmoon Minor Giant Legs Diamond Tr3nity Channel 5 White Lie Kerry Ellis Brian May Metallica Henry Paul Band Wounded Bird Kiss House Of Lords
All Tags
Search DDG