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Review: Dyslesia - Who Dares Wins
Who Dares Wins

Label: MTM Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 51:50
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 6, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Who Dares Wins

Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

I got this at a festival a number of years ago, after an immense spending spree where I picked up a great deal of stuff from cool labels such as Arise and House Of Kicks. My cash almost gone, I was just about to leave when I saw this little item peering up at me with its interesting cover and a band name that sounded like some kind of disease. I asked the guy what it sounded like and he took me back to a stereo system behind the stall (thank god that's all it was, eh, folks?) where I spun the first few bars and decided it was worth picking up. On reflection, it wasn't as good as I'd first thought but it does the job whenever I pull it off the shelf.

Who Dares Wins, the second record, I believe, from French metallers Dyslesia, is a mixed bag, kicking off with a moody track that sounds a bit like Tad Morose before jumping straight to a happy Edguy stomper called "Rest In Space", certainly one of the highlights here. Their style flirts with riff-orientated Prog Metal and bouncy melodic Power Metal consisting of peculiar little melodies and a spacey disposition. Tracks like "Bring The Sunlight Back" and "Who Dares Wins" have a traditional Helloween feel to them, but the more interesting material tries to unite all these elements, such as the double-kicked "Just About A Dream".

The band's biggest claim to fame is "Unknown Soldier", a track written by Luca Turilli. It sounds a little out of place here, something that is still played in Dyslesia's quirky style but sounds an awful lot like an outtake from King Of The Nordic Twilight. Still, for that casual mood, you can't go wrong with Who Dares Wins. It's a strange little album, but it delivers enough to satisfy.

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