|Review: Dialith - Extinction Six|
Year released: 2019
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Review online: February 6, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
Dialith is a band from, of all places, Danbury Connecticut. I'm not sure what is happening in the northeastern part of the United States that gave birth to this band but if this is the level of talent in the area, I might need to look a bit closer at that part of the country.
Dialith play symphonic power metal but that is not all this band has to offer. There are more than a few progressive moments in here where song structure is concerned as well as the incredible level of musicianship. They are also heavier than most power metal bands. Most American power metal is already a little heavier than their European counterparts but this is at times even heavier than most American power metal. The vocals are female fronted and, if I have one nitpick on the album as a whole, it is here. The vocals are certainly not bad but there seems to be a limited amount of range here. Krista Sion has a very good upper range but stays in that pocket throughout the album. The first five or six times listening to the album you don't notice it, but as you come back to it you start to wish for a bit more variety. It seems to be more noticeable where the much heavier riffs are showcased. That being said, this is a very minor complaint and probably has to do with my personal preference more than in the grander scheme of things where this album is concerned. The production and mixing on this record are absolutely brilliant. Every instrument can be clearly heard and nothing is further up front in the mix than any other. I normally don't mention this very often but considering this is an independent release, I was more than a little impressed.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the 17-minute album closer "Extinction Six". If this song alone doesn't convince you of the talent level of this band, nothing will. The song is split into multiple parts dealing with humanity's extinction because, you know, humans are pretty dumb sometimes. I could go off on a tangent and a half hour rant here, but I will spare you all.
Probably the biggest shocker to me is that this band is unsigned. First time hearing the song "The Sound of Your Voice" I would have thought this band is with one of the bigger metal labels such as Nuclear Blast, Century Media or Napalm. Actually, I think this band would be a great pick up for Metal Blade as there isn't a lot of representation of this genre on their label. If someone from Metal Blade reads this, you're welcome. Suffice it to say, this track is simply epic as hell and incredibly well constructed from beginning to end.
If you are looking for something that feels like a heavier Epica or Nightwish with that American power metal feel, look no further. I for one can't wait to see where this band goes from here. They are definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
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