Hailing from Lahore, Dionysus are a 3 piece death/doom/Folk metal band whose debut EP has been setting the world alight with rave reviews both in Pakistan and worldwide.
Released both via Bandcamp as a download http://dionysuspk.bandcamp.com/ and through salute records, Sweden, as a physical cd (order via email@example.com). The band can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/Dionysusband?fref=ts just tell 'em I sent you.
The musicianship on this album is high and their influences from the Doom/death genre can be heard throughout the five tracks. The production quality is high for a self produced album. Like Lohikarma, they use sequenced drums on the Album due to equipment constraints (although when playing live, they use real drums).
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Backtracked guitars lead into the acoustic folky riff of the first track "Glimpse of the Beloved" (2.26), an instrumental, which gradually gets more discordant as it goes on like calm before the storm.
And boy, what a storm! Track 2 "Valour of the Phoenix" (9.28) takes no prisoners. Opening with storming fast riffs and a guttural growl the track soon slows down into a plodding doomy riff with vocals reminiscent of Quorthon. At 2.55, this gives way into an acoustic variation of the riff. The song soon revs up again, this time more with a more folk metal variation epic epic bass riffing before the vocals come back in at 4.10. At 5.50, Sheraz Ahmed breaks into a solo which fits the track rather than being an overstated look at me type solo. Around six minutes, another tempo change and another bass solo, this time joined by Ruhan Lashirie's Flute giving a traditional feel to the song. The flute solo is then echoed by the guitars as the song plays out, leaving you breathless.
Next up, Burial Ground (6.02) â€“ again, opening with a sonorous slab of doom laden riff that maintains its plodding pace over vocals growled to perfection. Halfway through, the song quietens down, with the bass riff taking centre stage; the vocals change to a whisper leading to another well crafted solo. The tempo then gets faster as Sheraz' lead guitar takes you to the end. As simple as "Angels" is complex, this takes best track award.
"Bathing in unholy blood" (5.54) is a much quicker track, full of riff changes, in places reminiscent of Bathory, in others, more folk metal. The vocals and soloing maintain their high standards. The track's fade out lets you pause for breath.
Finally, "Angels of heaving light" (4.58). Picked guitar lines and whispered vocals begin this one. At 1,40 it moves into sublime guitar and harmony Vocals, well, just listen to it yourself.
5 epic tracks; progressive, folky, doomy, the reason why this band has gone around the world, and why fans are eagerly awaiting more material. One criticism is that in places the production isn't as tight as the later "Lohikarma EP, making it sound a bit messy. That aside, it is well worth a 4.5 beer rating.
Sheraz Ahmed (Guitars/drums)
Waleed Ahmed (Guitars/bass/vocals/drums)
Umair Ahmed (Guitars)
Rauhan Lasharie (flute on Valor of the Phoenix)
Agha Majid (Lyrics on Valor of the Phoenix and Bathing in unholy blood)
Major R Sultan Akbar Khan (Lyrics on Angels of heaving light)
Umer Ahmed, Waqar Haider, JT Gilmore, Amar Ali (cover art, logo, editing)